Ever since its participation in this year's Indy 500 with Fernando Alonso, McLaren has been rumored to be planning a full factory entry in the IndyCar series. Nearly three months after the 500, McLaren still seems to be interested in the series. that McLaren boss Zak Brown has been in with IndyCar CEO Mark Miles about a possible 2019 entry.
"We know that there are options for McLaren to return to the Indianapolis 500 next year with Andretti Autosport," Miles said in a recent interview. "And McLaren is still interested in being a team in the Verizon Indycar series full time, probably not for 2018 but perhaps in 2019."
"Zak [Brown] keeps asking questions about our schedule," Miles added, hinting that McLaren is seriously considering a return to IndyCar.
Shortly after Alonso announced his 2017 Indy 500 run in April, Mansor Ojeh, one of McLaren's most important shareholders, said the company was considering a "full-works" IndyCar program. Later that month, Brown told our Marshall Pruett that McLaren would only enter IndyCar if it started winning in F1—something that's proven elusive for the team over the past few years.
So, maybe if McLaren can turn around its F1 luck next year, we'll see it in IndyCar in 2019.