Alonso Announcement Opens The Door For IndyCar Test
Fernando Alonso’s announcement on Tuesday that he will not race in Formula One in 2019 has got fans and the media wondering what the double Formula One world champion and 2018 LeMans 24 Hours winner will do next season.
President of Hulman and Company, the owners of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway confirmed on Tuesday that the series are working closely with McLaren to get the team into the series on a full-time basis from 2019 onwards.
It was reported in the media on Tuesday evening that before extending his contract with Chip Ganassi Racing, McLaren had been looking to sign four time Verizon IndyCar Series champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon for a two car full-time programme in 2019 however that will not happen.
The news also means that Alonso will be in a position to test a Verizon IndyCar during the Autumn once his schedule has reduced this is something that McLaren CEO Zak Brown had eluded to in recent weeks.
For now, Alonso who confirmed that he decided a few months ago that he would not be racing in Formula One next season.