The McLaren Technology Group are continuing to explore the idea of entering the Verizon IndyCar Series on a full-time basis in 2019 despite rumors within Europe that the project has been shelved.
Paddock Eye understands that the Woking based outfit will link up with Andretti Autosport for the 2019 season running two cars under Michael Andretti’s Andretti Autosport stable.
Andretti has said that he has the ability and resources to run an addition two full-time cars for the 2019 season but has revealed that time is running out for a deal to be completed. McLaren CEO Zak Brown has confirmed that they will use Formula One’s summer break to make a decision about their IndyCar programme.
Andretti has confirmed that he has spoken with Fernando Alonso who he ran at the Indianapolis 500 last year with McLaren with the parties being extremely successful. Alonso is currently leading the World Endurance Championship with Toyota and will compete in the Six Hours of Silverstone during Formula One’s summer break.
Andretti has said that McLaren coming over to IndyCar next season would be great for the sport and they would be able to get up to speed quickly due to the resources that both company’s would bring to the programme.
Zak Brown has confirmed that Alonso may test an IndyCar in the Autumn when his schedule clears.
Alonso has confirmed that he will use Formula One’s Summer break to decide to his future.