The McLaren-Honda F1 driver will miss the Monaco Grand Prix to race for Andretti Autosport on May 28.
The experienced Jenson Button will take his place as the Spaniard attempts to complete motor racing’s ‘Triple Crown’ with wins at the Monaco GP, Indy 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Alonso has already been over to the US to drive the IndyCar and has spent time in the simulator getting to grips with the car.
And after the completion of the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend, Alonso headed over the Atlantic for a two-week stint, culminating in the race.
How can I stream Indy 500 practice sessions?
In the UK, even practice sessions for such a prestigious event would usually only be available on a satellite, subscription channel.
But you can watch all of the practice sessions ahead of the Indy 500 race live on Youtube through the IndyCar channel.
Full sessions are then uploaded to the video hosting platform so you can catch up on all the action.
How can I stream Indy 500 qualifying?
Qualifying for Indy 500 will take place on Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22, a week before the race itself.
And while practice was free to watch online, qualifying on day one and day two will be shown on BT Sport ESPN (Sky channel 426/458 HD).
That means BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch Alonso’s first ever qualifying in an IndyCar live online through the BT Sport player.
When is Indy 500 qualifying?
Saturday May 20: Qualifying (4pm – 10.50pm BST)
Sunday May 21: Group 1 Qualifying (7.45pm-9.45pm BST), Fast Nine Shootout (10pm-10.45pm BST)
What is the format of IndyCar qualifying?
Saturday’s qualifying session will see all 33 cars submit two consecutive timed laps, the aggregate of which is considered their qualifying time.
The fastest nine cars on Saturday go into the “Fast Nine Shootout” on Sunday, while the next 24 cars go into Group 1.
On Sunday, Group 1 qualifying determines positions 10-33 while the top nine cars do the same in a session directly afterwards. The positions are then set for the May 28 race.
Unlike Formula One or any other IndyCar race, championship points can also be earned in Indy 500 qualifying with the pole-sitter taking 42 points.
Source : EXPRESS