McLaren inks Chevrolet deal for Alonso Indy 500 bid

Tom Howard

Wednesday 5th December, 2018 - 10:56am

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Fernando Alonso pic: IndyCar

Fernando Alonso will be powered by a Chevrolet engine when he teams up with McLaren for his second crack at the Indianapolis 500 next year.

McLaren Racing will adopt the twin turbo V6 Chevrolet unit for its tilt at IndyCar’s showpiece having run a Honda engine for its Andretti Autosport prepared entry for Alonso in 2017.

The engine helped guide Will Power to a breakthrough victory in this year’s edition of the Indy 500.

It has also won six manufacturer championships since the introduction of the turbocharged V6 in 2012.

“It will be a privilege to wear the Bowtie Brand at the 2019 Indy 500,” said Alonso.

“Having Chevrolet power behind me means we’re putting ourselves in the best possible position to compete at the front. I had a bit of a taste of Chevy power last week in Jimmie Johnson’s NASCAR and I liked it!

“The opportunity to contest any Indy 500 is an honour, so I’m proud to have Chevrolet as part of the team.”

The Indy 500 is key part of Alonso’s plans for next season having announced his retirement from F1 this year.

An opportunity to race the event offers the Spaniard the chance to claim the prestigious Triple Crown, which includes victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans 24 Hours and the Indy 500, an honour only held by the late Graham Hill.

Alonso scored wins at Monaco in 2006 and 2007 before winning Le Mans this year with Toyota.

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