on the occasion of the Grand Prix of Alabama IndyCar, Fernando Alonso has dedicated a large part of their time this weekend to start their particular preparation for the Indianapolis 500 on the ground, starting out by making equipment. Already on the night of Saturday, the Spanish rider shared a table and tablecloth with your fellow teams, along with those she photographed. The Sunday was put in front of many, many more targets, thousands, both during the press conference together with Zak Brown, Michael Andretti and Mark miles, as during its passage through the paddock to attend the event competitive as a part of Andretti Autosport.
In that regard, this weekend has revealed the identity of two of the main figures, who will assist, guide, and advise you to Alonso during his adventure in Indianapolis. Perhaps the most relevant in the section practical is to be his engineer, Eric Bretzman, current technical director of the team, best known for being the “half competitive” during 12 years of Scott Dixon, as engineer of track.
Next to him, Dixon earned a reputation as the pilot, more intelligent and strategic grill, achieving 34 victories and three championships in IndyCar between 2003 and 2014, in addition to the victory in the 500 miles of Indianapolis in 2008. In 2015, Chip Ganassi Racing will relocate as operations manager of its structure in the NASCAR Cup Series, which suffered from significant competitive issues, and managed to ensure that its two drivers, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray clasificasen to the Chase, the final stage to fight for the championship, in the past year.
This winter, Bretzman has returned to the IndyCar series as part of Andretti, in a work that, until now, has been more focused on the garage than on the wall. This will change in the Indianápiolis, as confirmed by Rob Edwards, chief operating officer of Andretti Autosport, RACER: “Eric is going to be the engineer on the car of Fernando, and it has been an added tremendous throughout the year. It’s only been three races, but we’ve started much better than last year, and he has a lot to do with it. A year ago, Craig Hampson (n.d.r: engineer track from Alexander Rossi) would have been with the car for extra, but have much work full time now, so using Eric allows us to keep everything within the team”.
Alonso, in addition, will count with the figure of a pilot advisor, , something that has been common with the newbies throughout the history of the last decades in Indianapolis, and that will serve to accelerate their necessary adaptation. Such counsel is not an either: we speak of Gil de Ferran. This ex-brazilian driver competed in IndyCar between 1995 and 2003, highlighting its passage by Penske since the year 2000. With the team of ‘The Captain’, de Ferran was proclaimed champion in 2000 and 2001, and transitioned without too many problems IRL, composed in its entirety by ovals at that time, skimming the championship on two other occasions. In his last year as a pilot in the active, took the victory in the Indy 500.