The reason why might shock you.

He’s running the Indy 500 in a sixth car from Andretti Motorsport. Tarvis said that Button (McLaren’s current reserve driver) is reportedly taking Alonso’s seat in Monaco.

Did anyone put Alonso at the brickyard during #PlacesAlonsoWouldRatherBe?

I’m curious how much of the race he’ll complete, and if it will be more that he completes in the entire 2017 F1 season.*

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*19 races will work out to between 3,500 and 4,000 miles, so I doubt it will be the case. Even though he has only retired in every race, he has still completed about 72% (275 miles) of the 2017 race distance so far.