Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s 2019 Indy 500 bid will be overseen by former Drive India deputy workforce boss Bob Fernley.
Final weekend McLaren introduced its return to the well-known oval race with Alonso, who tried to win it in 2017. The Spaniard is leaving F1 on the finish of the present season and desires to win the Indy 500 to grow to be simply the second driver to ever full the ‘Triple Crown’, which incorporates the Monaco Grand Prix and Le Mans 24 Hours.
The main points about McLaren’s entry are nonetheless but to be fully clarified. McLaren CEO Zak Brown refused to elaborate on whether or not the bid would be completed along side one other IndyCar workforce — Michael Andretti deleted a tweet shortly after the announcement suggesting it could be comparable to 2017, when McLaren teamed up with Andretti Autosport and Honda to enter Alonso into the race.
On Thursday, the workforce revealed who will oversee the operation from the pit wall. That job will fall to Fernley, who left Drive India earlier this yr after its takeover by the consortium led by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll.
In addition to overseeing the participation within the well-known race, McLaren’s assertion mentioned Fernley will even “construct and lead a technical workforce solely centered on the 2019 Indy 500, whereas serving to to consider the feasibility of a longer-term McLaren involvement in IndyCar.” McLaren has been contemplating an entry to IndyCar for some time, though Brown has already dominated out this selection for 2019.
Talking concerning the new appointment, Brown mentioned: “Bob is a improbable operator and somebody I respect tremendously. His expertise and management will be important for us on this mission. He’s significantly proficient at placing efficient groups collectively and extracting most efficiency with finite assets. The Indy 500 isn’t any straightforward race and Bob’s is a key function, so I am delighted he is on board.”
Fernley’s official title will be president of McLaren IndyCar. He labored within the collection within the 1980s for the Ensign workforce.
“Heading again to The Brickyard will be a really particular expertise for me and I’m proud to be main this McLaren mission and workforce,” he mentioned. “The 500 is a hell of a problem and we’ve extremely sturdy rivals to overcome if we’re to be profitable. We’ll want to put together nicely for the month of Could and that work begins now.”