Unsurprisingly Fernando Alonso came out on top of the timesheets in the Rookies and Refresher test at Indy, ahead of official practice beginning for the big race. Completing a total of 36 laps, McLaren Honda F1 driver Alonso ended the day with an impressive 221.631mph lap to claim fastest time in the two hour session, beating experience IndyCar driver and fellow Spaniard Oriol Servia into second place as the Rahal Letterman driver could only manage a 220.759mph lap around the famous 2.5 mile oval. Despite the test being aimed at ensuring drivers looking to participate in the upcoming Indy 500 on May 28th, the session isn't exclusively open to total series rookies. Drivers who are not part of the regular IndyCar schedule can use the test to reacclimatise to high speed oval racing, and as such a number of instantly recognisable IndyCar names made their way out on track today. Oriol Servia of course needs no introduction to American fans, having been an on / off member of the IndyCar circus for a number of years now, and the Spanish star was joined on track by other big name US racing talents such as Ed Jones, making his full time IndyCar debut this year, who wound up in third position with a 219.288mph lap, beating British IndyCar veteran Jay Howard who ended the session in fourth position. Alonso will spend the remainder of May over in the United States as he begins his serious preparations for his first assault on the world renowned Indy 500 event, missing the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix in the process. With the Indy 500 having such a special place in American motorsports the whole month of May is dedicated to the big race, with several official practice sessions and qualification rounds due to take place over the next weeks in the build up to race day on Sunday 28th May. Keep an eye on RaceDepartment as we monitor the progress of Alonso's big American adventure... IndyCar Practice - Day One - Live Stream (Live now - 15/5) IndyCar Practice - Day Two - Live Stream May 16th 17:00 GMT IndyCar Practice - Day Three - Live Stream May 17th 17:00 GMT 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! Alonso FTW? Where do you think F1's finest will come on race day? Can McLaren actually get a trophy for a change, albeit in in Formula One... ? Let us know in the comments section below!