The details of Fernando Alonso’s second Indianapolis 500 attempt continue to crystallize with McLaren Racing confirming that its 2019 effort will be powered by Chevrolet.
The manufacturer won this year’s Indy 500 with driver Will Power, adding to its total of three victories since engine competition returned to the IndyCar Series in 2012.
The placement of Chevrolet’s 2.2-liter V-6 in a McLaren Indy car won’t be the first association for the the two brands. McLaren fielded cars with Chevrolet engines in Can-Am for seven years, earning more than 40 wins in the series by the end of the program in 1972.
“Our partnership with Chevrolet is a key piece of our plan for the 2019 Indy 500,” said McLaren IndyCar President Bob Fernley. “As the reigning winning engine, the Chevrolet motor puts us in a strong position to contest this incredibly challenging event.
“We’ve quickly established a strong working relationship with the Chevrolet team, who are absolute professionals, committed to the challenge, and true racers.”
Armed with a Bowtie-badged motor behind him, Alonso will embark on his attempt to secure the motor sports Triple Crown when practice begins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.