McLaren returns to the Indy 500 with Fernando Alonso in 2019

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McLaren Racing announces today that it will contest the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, on Sunday 26 May 2019, with Fernando Alonso at the wheel.

Via MCLaren Press Office

 

Com­pet­ing in his sec­ond Indy 500, Fer­nan­do will attempt to become only the sec­ond dri­ver ever to secure world motorsport’s unof­fi­cial Triple Crown: vic­to­ries at the Mona­co For­mu­la 1 Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Indi­anapo­lis 500. The feat was achieved by Gra­ham Hill in 1972 with his win at Le Mans.

McLaren and Fer­nan­do com­pet­ed at the 2017 Indi­anapo­lis 500, which the Spaniard led for sev­er­al peri­ods before being forced to retire in the clos­ing stages of the race. McLaren has won the Indy 500 three times: once in 1972 sup­ply­ing a pri­vate entry and twice as a works entry, in 1974 and 1976, with John­ny Ruther­ford. In 2019, it will return as McLaren Rac­ing

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Rac­ing, said: 

We are rel­ish­ing our return to the Brick­yard and this incred­i­ble race. McLaren has a long and fond rela­tion­ship with the Indi­anapo­lis 500 and it’s a case of unfin­ished busi­ness for us with Fer­nan­do. No Indy 500 is a cake­walk, it’s a mas­sive chal­lenge. We have the utmost respect for the race and our com­peti­tors. So, we are under no illu­sions. But McLaren are rac­ers first and fore­most, as is Fer­nan­do. We’re going for it.”

Fer­nan­do Alon­so com­ment­ed: 

I’ve made clear for some time my desire to achieve the Triple Crown. I had an incred­i­ble expe­ri­ence at Indi­anapo­lis in 2017 and I knew in my heart of hearts I had to go back if the oppor­tu­ni­ty was there. I’m espe­cial­ly glad to be return­ing with McLaren. This was always my first choice if the team decid­ed to do it, so I’m delight­ed they’ve decid­ed to go ahead. It’s a tough race and we’ll be up against the best, so it will be a huge chal­lenge. But we’re rac­ers and that’s why we race. One of the things I’m look­ing for­ward to most is see­ing the fans again, who are absolute­ly fan­tas­tic.”

Fur­ther details on McLaren’s attempt on the Indi­anapo­lis 500 will be pro­vid­ed in due course.

 

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