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Earlier today, two time Formula One Champion Fernando Alonso his retirement from Formula One. The news didn’t come as a surprise to the racing world, but his future plans in racing have yet to be announced. The 37-year old Spaniard has made one start in the Indy 500, coming in 2017 and is rumored to be returning to the Indy Car Series in 2019.

People are going bonkers over the future of Alonso. Why you might ask? Alonso’s presence was felt when he arrived at Indy. Millions of fans across the globe tuned in to watch him during a closed test session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His 2.4 million Twitter followers are more than the entire field for this weekend’s Indy Car at Pocono. 

The next piece to fall will be what team he lands on. Alonso came to Indy with McLaren in partnership with Andretti back in ’16, but the original deal was set to be with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. I would think, that Michael Andretti would be bringing Alonso to the states, but nothing is set in stone. Andretti Autosport already fields four full time teams and a fifth from their stable would not be out of the realm possibilities. 

Chip Ganassi Racing could be a player as well. Chip Ganassi is looking at options for his second car and getting the #10 car back to winning races like it did consistently with Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing could expand to three cars, or dismiss Takuma Sato from the team after one year. Ganassi could land Brendon Hartley or Felix Rosenqvist. Hartley is still under contract, but rumor is he could be out of his F1 ride. Rahal Letterman Lanigan will test sports car stand out Colin Braun in the near future. Braun, the former NASCAR Trucks Series winner, is currently driving sports car. 

Rumors will continue to swirl, but one this is certain, this doesn’t have to be a deal involving Honda. Team Chevy could land the services of Alonso, which would put Harding Racing & Ed Carpenter Racing in the hunt to land the global superstar. With Ed Carpenter only running ovals, IF Alonso does not want to run the full schedule, he could easily run the road course and a third card for ECR at the Indy 500. If Alonso lands with Harding or ECR, he has the talent to make those teams into a championship contender right away, again if he choses to run the full schedule. 

All in all, the musical chairs are spread across the room, your guess is just as good as mine as what could happen. The only certain from today is that Fernando Alonso will more than likely be in next year’s Indy 500, with what team and who is supporting cast will be, is still yet to be seen.

Keep the conversation going on Twitter and enter to win tickets to next weekends race at Gateway @TonyD1070. As always you can catch the Verizon Indy Car Series as always on FM 107.5 and 1070 The Fan from Pocono this Sunday, coverage set for 1:30.