McLaren Technology Group Executive Director Zak Brown has confirmed that the company who competed in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May with Fernando Alonso told the Indianapolis Business Journal that a full-time programme for the team in 2019 is a real possibility.
McLaren who have endured three difficult sessons in Formula One with Honda will move to Renault power for next season.
The news comes as Zak Brown’s United Autosport team have teamed up with Michael Andretti and Walkinshaw Racing in the Australian sportscar championship.
During their time at the Indianapolis 500 earlier this year, Fernando Alonso and McLaren Honda Andretti qualified in fifth place and ran up front all day before they retired as a result of an engine failure.
The addition of at least one car from McLaren would be fantastic for the Verizon IndyCar Series which is expected to increase its grid size in 2018 with the addition of Harding Racing, a two Juncos Racing team and two cars from Carlin Motorsports.
The additional cars on the grid for next season will off-set the loss of two cars from Ganassi and one from Penske for 2018.