The addition of McLaren to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2019 will be huge for the sport in many ways as it will bring in a new audience to the sport who may not have followed IndyCar closely until Alonso ran the Indianapolis 500 last year and may be fans of McLaren and are interested to see how they get on in the series.
The addition of McLaren will also be commercially beneficial to the series and it will attract new sponsors to the sport.
For the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in 2017 the team brought some of their sponsors on board for the race from their Formula One team however the IndyCar team would operate as a completely separate entity.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown and Racing Director Eric Boullier attended last weekend’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by Lear for further talks about entering the Verizon IndyCar Series full-time. Speaking during the build up for the event, Brown said that the meetings that they held were very productive and they are hoping to enter the series full-time in 2019.
It is unclear which engine partner McLaren will team up with Brown saying that the team had positive talks over the weekend with both Honda and Chevrolet.
When asked about drivers for their Verizon IndyCar Series programme and whether Fernando Alonso would be part of the line-up, Brown said the team would consider all options.
McLaren entering the Verizon IndyCar Series would be fantastic for the company as it would be extremely to their brand as McLaren Automotive are expanding their operations within the United States.
Zak Brown has confirmed that he is more than likely going to attend at least one more Verizon IndyCar Series race in 2018.