Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s co-owner and 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Rahal has confirmed that McLaren approached his team last year to partner up for the Indianapolis 500 but they had to decline the offer as they did not have the resources available to pursue such a project.
McLaren representatives including CEO Zak Brown are in Detroit this weekend for further talks with the Verizon IndyCar Series teams regarding a potential partnership and Brown has confirmed that no time frame has been given and that they will not be making an imminent announcement about IndyCar.
Rahal who has been linked with a partnership with McLaren believes that Andretti Autosport are the most logical partner for McLaren in the Verizon IndyCar Series given how successful they were with Fernando Alonso at the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
It is the second exploratory in just under a month that McLaren have undertaken after team officials visited the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis last month.
Paddock Eye understands that if McLaren enter into the Verizon IndyCar Series full-time in 2019 it will be with Alonso with an existing team before they branch out on their own in 2020.