After a rousing celebration of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 last year, the question naturally followed: How could the 101st version of the legendary race be more than an anticlimax?
Turns out one answer is Fernando Alonso.
Alonso, a two-time Formula One champion who’s having a middling season in that series, opted to skip the glamorous Monaco Grand Prix and instead travel to America’s heartland to enter the Indy 500 for the first time. Both races are Sunday.
The Spaniard’s move electrified IndyCar fans but was not unprecedented; several current or former Formula One drivers have competed at the Brickyard in decades past and a...