McLaren Racing revealed after Qualifying for the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix that Fernando Alonso will return to the Indianapolis 500 with McLaren Racing to try and claim the title, after his bid failed in 2017 following a failed Honda engine.
Fernando Alonso, who has already claimed two or the required three victories, to claim the motorsports’ “triple crown”, will race with the McLaren Racing team in Indy 500 next year, despite his departure from the Formula One team at the end of this F1 season.
“I’ve made clear for some time my desire to achieve the Triple Crown,” said Alonso.
“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.”
“We are relishing our return to the Brickyard and this incredible race.” Zak Brown is quoted in the McLaren press release.
“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.”