McLaren Racing has unveiled the car which Fernando Alonso will drive in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 (Indy500).
Sticking to its F1 livery, McLaren has showcased a similar colour combination with the papaya orange in abundance along with the blue coating on the front wing and the rear of the Chevrolet-powered #66 car, built at Woking.
Following his win in the Le Mans 24 Hours last year, Alonso is only one step away from securing the Triple Crown – only second driver to do so if he attains it, come May 26 when he starts the 103rd Indy500 race for his second attempt at the famed event.
The official car is en-route to Indianapolis for the official test on April 24 but Alonso will be in action on April 9 in a closed test at Texas Motor Speedway in a sister car. The Spaniard is doing only the Indy500 as opposed to the mulled multiple IndyCar events.
“I’m excited we are finally able to reveal to the world the #66 car which I’ll be racing with McLaren at the Indy 500 in May,” said Alonso. “The team at the McLaren factory has worked very hard to build this car ready for our return to the iconic Brickyard.
“And I think it looks fantastic in the 2019 McLaren Racing colours. My hopes for the race remain the same, to win and achieve the Triple Crown, and I’m looking forward to meeting the fantastic US fans who made me feel so welcome first time around.”
Zak Brown added: “The reveal of the #66 car and livery is an important moment for McLaren Racing’s journey to the Indianapolis 500. It represents the beginning of the next phase of our programme.
“And [also] reflects a tremendous amount of hard work by our specialist Indy 500 team at the McLaren Technology Centre. We are all looking forward to seeing the #66 out on track for the first time on April 24.”