There Are Still a Ton of Questions About McLaren and Alonso's 2019 Indy 500 Run

The announcement was more than welcome, but it was also thin on specifics.

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The good news is Fernando Alonso and McLaren Racing have declared their intent to return for another crack at winning the Indy 500. The other news—not necessarily bad, but worth considering—is how few details were provided on Saturday at the Brazilian Grand Prix when the solo effort was announced.

The first, in April of 2017, was amid great fanfare as McLaren, Honda, and Andretti Autosport formed a union that brought the Spaniard to the Speedway. Saturday’s revelation came bundled with more questions than answers. Which engine will be used, Chevy or Honda? Will a technical alliance be sought with a veteran IndyCar team? Will Alonso be part of a one-car effort, or will McLaren enter two cars with a teammate to be named at a later date?

I rang my F1 reporter friend Chris Medland just before his flight home from Sao Paulo to England and worked through some of the bit we know—or think we know—based on background information and other pieces of intel from the IndyCar paddock.

Alonsomania (SP?) is headed back to the Speedway, but will he and McLaren stand a better chance of winning and fulfilling his dream of accomplishing racing’s Triple Crown? Take a listen:

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