McLaren announced on Tuesday that Chevrolet will power Fernando Alonso’s entry for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. The announcement means that for the first time in 47 years.
Chevrolet returned to IndyCar competition in 2012 and has won 73 of 118 races. The bowtie has also won the drivers championship five times and won the manufacturers and owners championship six times. The Detroit based company are also the defending Indianapolis 500 winners.
Speaking about the announcement, McLaren CEO Zak Brown said:
McLaren and Chevrolet have a shared pedigree in North American motorsport and the opportunity to reunite the two brands for this special event was just too good to pass up. Like McLaren, Chevrolet has racing in its heart. The company’s reputation in IndyCar and at this special race is first-class and they will be a powerful partner.
Speaking about the announcement, Jim Campbell, US Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsport with Chevrolet commented by saying:
It’s exciting to partner with Fernando Alonso and McLaren for the 2019 Indianapolis 500. Fernando brings incredible driving talent, and a passion for the sport and winning the biggest races in the world. When Fernando is on track, it’s electric. He generates excitement among fans everywhere.
“Chevrolet and McLaren have a storied racing history dating back to the mid-1960s, so it will be special to partner with McLaren at the 2019 Indianapolis 500.
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso who is in search of the triple crown is excited about working with Chevrolet.
It will be a privilege to wear the Bowtie Brand at the 2019 Indy 500. Having Chevrolet power behind me means we’re putting ourselves in the best possible position to compete at the front. I had a bit of a taste of Chevy power earlier this week in Jimmie’s NASCAR and I liked it! The opportunity to contest any Indy 500 is an honour, so I’m proud to have Chevrolet as part of the team.
President of McLaren IndyCar, Bob Fernley commented on the news saying:
Our partnership with Chevrolet is a key piece of our plan for the 2019 Indy 500. As the reigning winning engine, the Chevrolet motor puts us in a strong position to contest this incredibly challenging event. We’ve quickly established a strong working relationship with the Chevrolet team, who are absolute professionals, committed to the challenge, and true racers.