You may have heard that Fernando Alonso was doing the Indy 500 this year.

What's that? You hadn't? Well that's OK, nobody made much of a fuss about it.

Alas, it wasn't to be for Fernando with his Honda engine failing (surely not?!) 20 laps from the end. However for the first time in many, many years he had a car capable of overtaking.

Now oval racing has a lot more overtaking than the circuits used by the likes of F1, but still Alonso had a lot to get used to. But, as you can see below, he quickly got the hang of it.

He soon got past pole sitter Scott Dixon.

It only took until lap 37 for him to lead for the first time.

This battle with Andretti teammate Alexander Rossi went on for a few laps.

After the red flag for Scott Dixon's enormous accident he lost the lead, but quickly got back ahead of Takuma Sato.

The Indy 500 tends to feature a lot of restarts from full-course yellows, so it's vital to get the hang of them.

On this occasion Alonso had to get round two lapped cars to chase after leader Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Soon afterwards he caught Hunter-Reay and retook the lead, shortly before the American driver's Honda decided enough was enough.

But, alas, it wasn't to be. But with driving like that, no wonder he got a standing ovation from the crowd.

Let's hope he goes back!

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