Former IndyCar driver Johnny Rutherford believes that it is too late fir McLaren to enter IndyCar full-time in 2019.

The three time Indianapolis 500 winner was at the McLaren Technology Centre on Tuesday with the Borg Warner trophy as he presented his 1974 Indianapolis 500 winning McLaren to their impressive car display.

Speaking at the presentation the American said:

Honestly I think they’re too late for doing it for next year. “I think they need to start now for 2020.

Rutherford said that a lot of questions need to be answered before McLaren commit to an IndyCar programme.

Rutherford who won the Indianapolis 500 with McLaren in 1974 and again in 76 worked as ab ambassador to McLaren during their Indianapolis 500 entry in 2017 with Fernando Alonso.

There are five races left this season and despite Rutherford’s comments it would appear that McLaren will be ready for the 2019 IndyCar season as president of Hulman and Company, the parent company to IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mark Miles has confirmed he has been in contact with McLaren CEO Zak Brown and an IndyCar entry for the Woking based outfit is still on the cards.

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