McLaren not planning a full IndyCar season in 2018

BY Adam Cooper • June 11, 2017

McLaren boss Zak Brown has downplayed a suggestion by IndyCar CEO Mark Miles that the British team is considering a full season in the series in 2018.

Brown made it clear that while he’s open to participation at the Indy 500 next year – with or without Fernando Alonso – it is already getting too late to commit to a full schedule.

“We had a great experience, it’s left a very good taste in our mouth,” Brown said. “I’d like to see McLaren back at the Indy 500 on a regular basis. We have not made that decision yet – and we will in the next couple of months.

“We are very heads down, and the team has been, and I’ve been, a little distracted," Brown added. "But I think it is more likely than not that we will be back at the 500. As far as doing a full season of IndyCar, with everything we have got going on, and to do it right, you would need to be making that decision now. And we are not talking about it now, let alone making that decision.”

Brown didn’t rule out a longer term involvement.

“So I think maybe further down the road... It is a great series. I think McLaren Racing in North America is a nice complement to F1, because F1 has got limited reach there. But not yet. I think it’s a few years away.”


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