Bricks and Bones: Chapter 6: The Fearless Spaniard
He is composed and calm. Whether on or off the court, his movements are very precise. Fernando Alonso gave the impression of unwavering and courageous. He was all the rage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year, choosing to give up driving a tragic non-competitive car on the Monte Carlo circuit and leaning on the Indy 500 circuit. He has never run on an oval track, let alone raced on an oval track. However, he managed to reach or close to the top of the schedule in every class and managed to get fifth place. He has surpassed outstanding Indian figures such as Juan Pablo Montoya and Marco Andretti.
The international press, lead by a throng of Spanish reporters, were mobbed around him everywhere he went. Last year, there were two Spanish reporters at the track. This year there were 25. Alonso was gracious with the press and even thanked them in a post-race conference.
Concise & Precise
Concise & Precise
Alonso is twice a World Driving Champion. At the time of his first, he became the youngest ever at only 24. He is quick and methodical, fearless and precise on the track. To win his first championship he took apart The Great One, Michael Schumacher, piece by piece, corner by corner, race by race. A seasoned professional at 24.
In Speedway, Indiana, he carried on in the same manner. He showed no signs of rashness or impulsiveness. Smooth and mistake-free from the moment he rolled onto the track. Comfortable even at the immense speeds this track brings, his style was easy to see during practice: closer, ever closer to the car in front, whether chasing a veteran or an impetuous young gun. Trail them down the main straight. On the rear wing through one. Closer still in the short chute and out accelerating his opponent exiting two. Leaving him as if he had been doing it for years.
Alonso skipped the Monaco Grand Prix in favor of the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. Although engine troubles would ultimately put him in 24th, the two-time F1 world champion was praised for his driving at Indinapolis Motor Speedway, despite never racing there before. Photo: Fernando Alonso Official Facebook Page.
He is the new Belmonte. His suit of lights is fireproof and adorned with the names of corporations. His feet never waiver or shake in the ring. Each corner is a faena. Each pass an estocada. He is unwavering and true. If he can remain unwavering and true he will attain new heights. No Spaniard has ever won the Indianapolis 500, and although this year wasn’t his year, if there is to be a Spaniard to drink milk on this scared track, it will be him.
Tony Borroz has spent his entire life racing antique and sports cars. He means well, even if he has a bias towards lighter, agile cars rather than big engine muscle cars or family sedans.
Chapter 7: Speedway Legends here.
Cover photo: Fernando Alonso's official Facebook page.
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