McLaren Executive Director Zak Brown has confirmed that the company’s participation in next months 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will not be a one off for the Woking based outfit.
In an interview with Fox Sports, Brown revealed that he will join Fernando Alonso for his first test in the McLaren Andretti Honda which is scheduled to take place on the opening day of practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, following the Spanish Grand Prix.
Brown went on to say that he will be at the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday for commercial obligations with the Formula One team before flying out to Indianapolis on Saturday night arriving on time for the race.
Brown also revealed that McLaren will have team with Alonso providing support to Andretti Autosport but that it is team owner Michael Andretti who is running the show.
McLaren’s participation in the Indianapolis 500 will not take resources away from the Formula One team as Brown said that the McLaren Technology Group employs over 3,000 people and he has said that there are other Formula One drivers who have expressed an interest in competing in the Indianapolis 500.
Brown’s comments about this year’s Indianapolis 500 not being a one off echoes what the Mansoor Ojjeh said in the press release when they announced their partnership with Michael Andretti about the fact that in the future the company may run a full time Verizon IndyCar Series team.