McLaren Racing announced on Saturday that they will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next year with Fernando Alonso for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 as an independent entity.

Paddock Eye understands that a tie in with Andretti Autosport like last year is extremely unlikely due to the fact that the Woking based outfit are likely to align themselves with Chevrolet power while Andretti Autosport are powered by Honda.

Michael Andretti attempted to enter a partnership with the Chevrolet powered Harding Racing team to form what in affect was going to be an Andretti junior team however IndyCar Officials and rival teams raised concerns about Andretti being involved in both Honda and Chevrolet teams.

Harding Racing has now merged with Steinbrenner to become Harding Steinbrenner Racing fielding two cars for 2019 with Colton Herta and Patricio O’Ward.

McLaren Racing will draw on the experience of their existing relationships in IndyCar but will have their own equipment and are likely to have their own race shop in Indianapolis.

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