Since its return to Indy 500 with Fernando Alonso, McLaren has been speculated to be thinking over a full factory entry to compete throughout the IndyCar series for a whole season. Almost three months after the 500, McLaren appears to be interested in the premier open-wheel racing series in US, partly because its automotive season is selling supercars there in good numbers.
According to reports, McLaren boss Zak Brown has been in touch with IndyCar CEO Mark Miles about a potential entry into 2019. Being aware of the options to return to the Indianapolis 500 next year with Andretti Autosport, Miles said that the British brand is still showing interest in being a team in the Verizon Indycar series full time for 2019. He added Zak Brown kept asking questions about their schedule hinting that McLaren is considering a return.
Right after Alonso let the world known about his 2017 Indy 500 entry in April, Mansor Ojeh, a McLaren shareholder, said the company was considering a full time program. The same month saw Brown telling that McLaren would only enter IndyCar if it started winning in F1 again. Currently, Honda’s engine problems meant the constructor could not replicate its past glory and the fact that Lewis Hamilton in 2008 was its last champion speaks volumes.