Fernando Alonso has passes his first IndyCar test with flying colours at Indianapolis, claiming the "car was driving itself" after impressing onlookers. With a much publicised crack at the famous Indy 500 by Fernando Alonso and the McLaren team in partnership with Honda and Andretti Autosport, Fernando Alonso has sailed through his first test in his new environment following the conclusion of rookie orientation testing at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. Driving the distinctive bright orange McLaren Honda Andretti Dallara IndyCar for the first time, Alonso reported no difficulties with the machine as the Spanish driver almost immediately got down to an impressive performance that belied his complete lack of experience in this kind of racing environment. "So far it is a good experience but now starts the real thing," Alonso said. "It has been a very helpful day in terms of knowing all this different world and getting up to speed a little bit. "There's still a long way to go but I am happy with this first step." The aim of the rookie tests are to get drivers inexperienced in the art of oval racing up to safe and competitive speeds whilst assessing their capabilities driving on a banked oval circuit. To pass, two-time F1 world champion Alonso had to complete three phases of running - 10 laps each at an average of 205-210mph; followed by 15 at 210-215mph; and 15 at 215-220mph. He completed the requirements in just 50 laps. Alonso said: "It is a good way to start to build the speed. It was probably a little bit difficult at the beginning to reach the minimum but then in the phases it felt good. "At the beginning, the right foot has its own brain and it was not connected to my brain. I wanted to go flat-out but the foot wouldn't let me. But after a few laps it was fine." Following the successful conclusion of the rookie orientation test programme, Alonso and his team McLaren Honda Andretti worked on further items related to the early preparations for the Spanish superstar, including making changes to the car and feeling the differences reflected out on track, as well as testing fuel saving techniques for use under the inevitable full course caution periods so often seen during oval racing events. "The guys make changes all the time to the car," Alonso commented. "On that aspect I am not up to speed. I am not yet able to feel the car because at the moment I am not driving the car, the car is driving me around." The circuit looks so narrow when you are at that speed. I was trying different lines but I was not as comfortable as I probably will be in a couple of weeks' time." With the Indy 500 marking the most prestigious event of the IndyCar schedule and indeed one of the biggest sporting events on the American calendar, drivers and teams will have a total of 30 hours of practice over a five day period of testing prior to the main qualifying weekend of May 20th -21st May, with pole position decided on the Sunday. Alonso is scheduled to complete a further extra day of testing before the opening of official running begins following the conclusion of the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix on May 12th. Due to the restrictions put in place for a rookie test Alonso ended the day with a fastest lap of 222.548mph compared to last season's pole time of 230.760mph, set by Canadian James Hinchcliffe. For more news and discussions regarding motorsport and Grand Prix racing, head over to the Motorsport sub forum and join in with the community today! Looking forward to seeing Alonso at the Indy 500? Does the move for this race possibility ignite your interest in the great American event? Let us know in the comments section below!