McLaren ‘not ready’ for IndyCar full-time

Date published: October 19 2018

McLaren: No full-time IndyCar run in 2019

McLaren boss Zak Brown has ruled out the team joining IndyCar on a full-time basis in 2019, but the Indy500 is still on the table.

The Woking team have held various talks throughout the year to explore the possibility of joining the series following Fernando Alonso’s 2017 outing at the Indy 500 in 2017 alongside Honda and Andretti Autosport.

But, ahead of the United States Grand Prix, Brown has now categorically ruled out McLaren becoming a full-time entry next year.

However, another crack at the Indy 500 remains a possibility.

“We have taken the decision not to compete on a full-time basis in 2019,” Brown confirmed in Austin, Texas.

“We’re certainly not ready yet but we do have a desire to do it in the near future.

“As far as the Indy 500 is concerned, it remains something of interest to us.”

The decision on whether to run at the Indy 500 again will be made at the end of the current Formula 1 season.

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