It’s official! McLaren will not compete in the 2019 IndyCar Series season full-time.
The announcement was made by McLaren CEO Zak Brown at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin Texas on Friday ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
Following months of speculation, Brown confirmed:
For the IndyCar Series, we have taken a decision to not compete on a fulltime basis in 2019. “We are simply not ready yet and we are very focused on F1. So we won’t be doing that in 2019.
“We do have a desire to do it, as I have mentioned before, in the near future.
Speaking about the Indianapolis 500, Brown said:
And as far as the Indy 500 is concerned it remains of interest to us. That will be a decision that ultimately we will take in the off-season, and I think it is something that Fernando would like to do as well, but right now we are still focused on F1 and until we get a little bit of fresh air we will remain focused on that.”
McLaren had been linked with a move into IndyCar with an engine supply from Chevrolet with the help of Andretti Autosport engineers but with time running out for 2019 they will not compete.