McLaren CEO Zak Brown and Racing Director Eric Boullier met with Michel Combes, the CEO of telecommunications giant Sprint while they were in Detroit for the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by Lear in relation to a sponsorship deal as the company continues to look into entering the Verizon IndyCar Series full-time in 2019.
Speaking about the latest trip, Brown said that the team held discussions with both Chevrolet and Honda and that the company would be happy to work with Honda in the Verizon IndyCar Series from next season if they went down that route and that their failed Honda partnership in Formula One would have no bearing on their IndyCar plans.
Brown has confirmed that discussions with Fernando Alonso are on going and that he hopes that the double world champion remains with McLaren in some form of racing either in Formula One or elsewhere.
Alonso is in LeMans with Toyota Gazoo Racing for the 24 Hours as he continues on his quest to win motorsports triple crown.
Brown will also be at LeMans this weekend as his his team United Autosport compete in the race with Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya among their drivers for the race.