No Comment From McLaren Regarding Full-Time IndyCar Return In 2019
The McLaren Technology Group are refusing to comment on reports that the Woking based outfit are set to make a full-time return to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2019.
Reports in the US say that representatives from the McLaren organisation attended last weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis to hold preliminary discussions with the series and a number of teams about the possibility of running a full-time car in partnership with a team next year.
McLaren returned to the Indianapolis 500 in 2017 with Fernando Alonso in partnership with Andretti Autosport and it is believed that any partnership with an existing IndyCar team would be with Andretti given the fact that CEO of McLaren Zak Brown is involved in a team with Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti in Australia.
Speaking during last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, McLaren CEO Zack Brown confirmed that the company were looking into the possibility of diversifying into other motor-sport categories such as LMP1 or IndyCar given the right circumstances.
Brown also said that he hoped that Fernando Alonso would remain part of McLaren for any other motor-sport project when he decides to hang up his Formula One helmet.
The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil takes place next weekend, the same day as the Monaco Grand Prix however it is unclear if any McLaren personnel will attend this years 500 race.