24 Sep 2011

Alesi to race in Indy 500

6:01 am on 24 September 2011

A decade after quitting Formula One, Jean Alesi will make his Indianapolis 500 debut in next year's race, backed by Group Lotus.

The 47-year-old Frenchman did not announce which team he would be representing in the famous race.

After leaving F1 at the end of the 2001 season, Alesi spent five years in the German Touring Car championship before racing in the Speedcar Series in 2008.

He made his most recent competitive race appearance last year in the Le Mans Series.

Alesi will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of a number of Formula One greats who have also won the Indy 500 including Emerson Fittipaldi, Graham Hill, Jim Clark and Mario Andretti.

The 96th running of the Indy 500 is scheduled for May the 27th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Alesi has been serving as a test driver and ambassador for Lotus, which is joining IndyCar as an engine supplier next year.