McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown says that the team are more nervous about the Indianapolis 500 this time around then when they were in 2017.
This year the team are going alone for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in May although they are receiving some support from Carlin Racing.
The team have had more time to prepare for this year’s race and will be able to bounce ideas off Alonso’s Chevrolet team mate’s at Carlin Racing giving McLaren more data to work with.
Speaking to the IndyCar mobile app on Saturday in Long Beach, Brown said:
This time is a totally different experience. “This is a full McLaren effort. We’re getting some assistance from Carlin, but that is more operational, giving Fernando some teammates, some data sharing, things of that nature, which is good. Because being a one-car team, you can get lost around Indianapolis. We need some kind of support and some element of having some teammates come the month of May. So this is a big undertaking.
Brown understands the challenge that McLaren Racing face this year due to how competitive the NTT IndyCar Series is this year.
It’s going to be a big task. It’s unbelievably competitive and going to be a big entry, and I think going there as a one-car new team is a challenge, but we’re up for that challenge.
The team were very happy with how the initial test of their NTT IndyCar went at Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday.
We’ve got a very experienced team, (but) it’s the first time they’ve been on the racetrack together, and so we wanted to make sure we got Fernando comfortable, that the car worked, which it did. “We got into some setup (development), so it wasn’t just purely a shakedown but also some learning, and we walked away with a good list of follow-ups, which is what you would expect.