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Alonso facing a dangerous baptism: Indy ace Franchitti

 

By Philip Duncan

Dario Franchitti, Britain's three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, has warned Fernando Alonso that there will be no margin for error when he tackles the famous Brickyard later this month.

Alonso, who was handed his first taste of IndyCar action earlier this week in a private test, will miss the Monaco Grand Prix to take part in the 500-mile race in America on May 28.

But it is a race, in which drivers reach average speeds of nearly 240mph, that will not come without risk. The series has proven to be one of the most dangerous motor racing categories.

British driver Justin Wilson was killed after he was hit by debris during a race in 2015, while Dan Wheldon, another Briton, and one-time Indy 500 winner, died following an horrific 14 car pile-up in Las Vegas in 2011.

And Scot Franchitti (43), forced to call time on his glittering career following a crash in which he suffered a broken back, said: "It is IndyCar and the margin for error is tiny.

"He will see that as a challenge. It will definitely heighten his senses when he gets out there."

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