McLaren Could Enter Other IndyCar Races In 2019 As Part Of Their Evaluation
McLaren Racing could entry Fernando Alonso or another driver into more than just the Indianapolis 500 next May. The Woking based outfit will compete in the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May and although Alonso has said that his focus is the Indy 500 the team could enter more than the 500.
McLaren have brought in former Racing Point Force India deputy team principal Robert Fernley as president of their IndyCar programme.
The team could do what Harding Racing did prior to their full-time debut in the series and run one car in a number of races next season as part of preparations for a full-time IndyCar Series programme in 2020.
Gabby Chaves who drove for Harding Racing last season could be available to race for the team given that he has experience with Chevrolet power as Paddock Eye understands that McLaren Racing will be powered by the Detroit based bow tie for their 2019 programme.
It is not yet clear whether or not Fernando Alonso will compete in other IndyCar races in preparation for the Indianapolis 500 or even after the 500, it will all depend on what he wants to do and what his schedule is like. The Spaniard said during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend that for 2019 although he is no longer a Formula One driver he remains a McLaren driver.
It will be interesting to see what McLaren decide to do in relation to IndyCar in 2019 but at Paddock Eye we expect them to compete in more than just the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 so watch this space.