Mark Miles, the CEO of Hulman and Co, the parent company of the Verizon IndyCar Series has confirmed that the series are not interested in poaching Formula One drivers for more IndyCar/F1 crossovers with Fernando Alonso running the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the end of the month.
Miles commented by saying:
I don’t think it’s a strategy for us. This happened in a unique set of circumstances in so many respects so we are not going to be following the grand prix series around and trying to poach drivers.
Miles believes that it was a unique set of circumstances that brought Alonso and McLaren to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28.
Miles believes that the crossover is a win win situation for everyone involved in the project. Miles believes that Alonso’s arrival in the US will increase his and Formula One’s exposure in the US market and on a global stage. The head of Hulman and Co. said that it is also beneficial to the Verizon IndyCar as it allows them to build their fan-base within Formula One.
Fernando Alonso will join the rest of the field for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday as practice for the race gets underway.