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Agreed.
McLaren wants to capitalize on its racing DNA and use that great history to brand and promote its cars.
The problem for McLaren is that the recent years of F1 racing performance is a poor reflection of past glories — and at this time there is no clear indication of the path to F1 success. Hiring experts is a good start but it takes many years and monies to acquire/develop the R and D knowledge of a Mercedes ...
McLaren as a standalone entrant into Indy500 will have a tough time …. my guess is that Andretti made it look easy and now McLaren with no Honda relationship is stuck with having to go it 'alone' ...
i actually think differently.... i feel taht because they have been used to building their own cars to their own design, they are much more versed in solving issues and finding performance.. i think the fact that it is a spec chassis may make some 'lazy'... i think mclaren will find ways to exploit performance that others have not perhaps thought of, or look at it it in a different way...
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i actually think differently.... i feel taht because they have been used to building their own cars to their own design, they are much more versed in solving issues and finding performance.. i think the fact that it is a spec chassis may make some 'lazy'... i think mclaren will find ways to exploit performance that others have not perhaps thought of, or look at it it in a different way...
Yeah not sure what part of my post you are referring to but if it was this :- “McLaren as a standalone entrant into Indy500 will have a tough time …. my guess is that Andretti made it look easy and now McLaren with no Honda relationship is stuck with having to go it 'alone' ... “

The post wasn’t about McLaren’s capability to field an Indy500 car, more about the difficulty of obtaining a win against multi car entries from competitors and their wingmen. Look at the current line up — last year Andretti provided wingman support for Alonso — this year Alonso will be alone, in a team of one, amongst the good ol’ boys — of course they will have a soft spot for a ‘furrin’ F1 team and be really helpful, oh I must be dreaming … Maybe team Carlin will help?

A.J. Foyt Racing (Chevrolet)
Tony Kanaan
Matheus Leist
Andretti Autosport (Honda)
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Alexander Rossi
Marco Andretti
Zach Veach
Conor Daly
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsport (Honda)
James Hinchcliffe
Marcus Ericsson
TBD
Carlin Racing (Chevrolet)
Max Chilton
Charlie Kimball
TBD
Chip Ganassi Racing (Honda)
Scott Dixon
Felix Rosenqvist
Clauson-Marshall Racing (Chevrolet)
TBD
Dale Coyne Racing (Honda)
Sebastien Bourdais
Santino Ferrucci
TBD
DragonSpeed (Chevrolet)
Ben Hanley
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (Chevrolet)
TBD
TBD
Ed Carpenter Racing (Chevrolet)
Ed Carpenter
Spencer Pigot
Ed Jones
Harding Steinbrenner Racing (Honda)
Colton Herta
TBD
Juncos Racing (Chevrolet)
TBD
TBD
McLaren Racing (Chevrolet)
Fernando Alonso
Meyer Shank Racing (Honda)
Jack Harvey
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Honda)
Graham Rahal
Takuma Sato
Jordan King
Team Penske (Chevrolet)
Will Power
Josef Newgarden
Simon Pagenaud
Helio Castroneves
https://racer.com/2019/02/25/insight...ries-in-years/

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Indy 500 Q&A: Carlin talks McLaren alliance, possibility of 2020 partnership
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Very articulate explanations from Gil. (One wishes that the interviewer had not kept interrupting with stupid remarks.)
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Very articulate explanations from Gil. (One wishes that the interviewer had not kept interrupting with stupid remarks.)
Yes impressive; — great to hear from Gil, adds to the anticipation
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Yeah not sure what part of my post you are referring to but if it was this :- “McLaren as a standalone entrant into Indy500 will have a tough time …. my guess is that Andretti made it look easy and now McLaren with no Honda relationship is stuck with having to go it 'alone' ... “

The post wasn’t about McLaren’s capability to field an Indy500 car, more about the difficulty of obtaining a win against multi car entries from competitors and their wingmen. Look at the current line up — last year Andretti provided wingman support for Alonso — this year Alonso will be alone, in a team of one, amongst the good ol’ boys — of course they will have a soft spot for a ‘furrin’ F1 team and be really helpful, oh I must be dreaming … Maybe team Carlin will help?

A.J. Foyt Racing (Chevrolet)
Tony Kanaan
Matheus Leist
Andretti Autosport (Honda)
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Alexander Rossi
Marco Andretti
Zach Veach
Conor Daly
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsport (Honda)
James Hinchcliffe
Marcus Ericsson
<acronym title="To be discussed">TBD</acronym>
Carlin Racing (Chevrolet)
Max Chilton
Charlie Kimball
<acronym title="To be discussed">TBD</acronym>
Chip Ganassi Racing (Honda)
Scott Dixon
Felix Rosenqvist
Clauson-Marshall Racing (Chevrolet)
<acronym title="To be discussed">TBD</acronym>
Dale Coyne Racing (Honda)
Sebastien Bourdais
Santino Ferrucci
<acronym title="To be discussed">TBD</acronym>
DragonSpeed (Chevrolet)
Ben Hanley
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (Chevrolet)
<acronym title="To be discussed">TBD</acronym>
<acronym title="To be discussed">TBD</acronym>
Ed Carpenter Racing (Chevrolet)
Ed Carpenter
Spencer Pigot
Ed Jones
Harding Steinbrenner Racing (Honda)
Colton Herta
<acronym title="To be discussed">TBD</acronym>
Juncos Racing (Chevrolet)
<acronym title="To be discussed">TBD</acronym>
<acronym title="To be discussed">TBD</acronym>
McLaren Racing (Chevrolet)
Fernando Alonso
Meyer Shank Racing (Honda)
Jack Harvey
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Honda)
Graham Rahal
Takuma Sato
Jordan King
Team Penske (Chevrolet)
Will Power
Josef Newgarden
Simon Pagenaud
Helio Castroneves
https://racer.com/2019/02/25/insight...ries-in-years/
Yes perhaps I slightly misinterpreted your post. You’re right he won’t have any wingman although I wonder if Andretti won’t be enlisted with some help. Their name is all over Uniteds cars after all. But you’re right of course. I was indeed referring to their ability to engineer the car, rather than the other aspects you refer to.
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McLaren Automotive has confirmed a multi-year agreement with IMSA which will see Compass Racing running a McLaren 720S GT3 in the Sprint Cup, starting at the next round in Mid-Ohio.

IMSA’s WeatherTech Sprint Cup will support the full WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and is open to GT Daytona class competitors. Following the round in Mid-Ohio, the championship will race at Detroit’s Belle Isle, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Lime Rock Park, Road America, Virginia International Raceway, and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Compass Racing has scored 30 wins in IMSA competition, including the Michelin Pilot Challenge event at Daytona with the McLaren 570S GT4, and as revealed last December, will run its 720S for McLaren factory driver Paul Holton and Matt Plumb, with the pair contesting all seven rounds of the 2019 Sprint Cup season.

Dan Walmsley, motorsport director at McLaren Automotive, commented: “The popularity of GT3 racing in North America has dramatically grown over recent seasons and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is one of the most competitive GT series in the world.

“With the North American market the largest for McLaren Automotive, it is great to have customer teams racing with the 720S GT3 in such an exciting and well-supported championship; we are proud to partner with IMSA and having McLaren cars competing in the GTD class from 2019 is an important and significant moment for McLaren Customer Racing.”
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The car looks so simple and basic next to a F1 car.
I hope he pulls off the win!
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The car looks so simple and basic next to a F1 car.
I hope he pulls off the win!
Yes that would be great!

But just participating has a value in the USA as it promotes and expands McLaren brand recognition — the most common question in the gas station is "what is it?"
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FERNANDO ALONSO EXPECTS TOUGHER CHALLENGE IN SECOND INDY 500 ATTEMPT
The two-time champion is now with Chevrolet and a full-fledged McLaren effort
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Motor racing-Alonso happy to be back in Indy despite rough start
by Rory Carroll

April 24 (Reuters) - Former Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso was happy to be back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway despite a tough opening test on Wednesday when his McLaren Chevrolet ground to a halt after a quarter of a lap in his first practice run.

The Spaniard, a two-time Formula One world champion who will be racing again at the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, said hiccups were to be expected as he adjusts to a new car and a new team after retiring from F1 at the end of last season.

Despite a four-hour rain delay and an abbreviated practice session, he said he was happy to return to The Brickyard, where he led for part of the race in 2017 before retiring with an engine problem.

“It’s good to be back and to feel again the magic of the place,” the 37-year-old told a press conference. “For us, obviously, we lost a little bit of time at the beginning,” he added of the electronic issue that cut short his first run.

“This was more or less expected because it was a brand new chassis and a brand new car.

“Everything fit in the last week and we expect to run slowly and step by step. Short runs at the beginning. It’s what we did.”

Alonso, who tested McLaren’s 2019 car in Bahrain earlier this month and said it was a step up from the one he raced last year in Formula One, said he was just happy to get a chance to get back into a racing seat.

“In any track time that you have you may discover issues with the car, you may discover things that you can improve as a driver — there is always learning especially for us with a brand new car,” he said.

“We need to check many things.” (Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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Alonso, McLaren ‘baffled’ by issues in Indy 500 practice
By Bruce Martin
May 14, 2019, 8:20 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS – Fernando Alonso was forced to take it slow in order to pass his Indianapolis 500 “Refresher Test” before he was allowed to turn it loose on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on Tuesday.

Alonso easily passed that final phase with 10 laps over 215 mph, but he never got a chance to turn it loose later in the day.

The two-time Formula One World Champion from Spain was prepared to develop a baseline setup on his car during Tuesday’s “Opening Day” practice session for the 103rdIndianapolis 500.

Instead, an electronic issue sent his McLaren Chevrolet back to the Gasoline Alley Garages.

He completed 50 laps around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval but without full power from his engine, his best lap was 224.162 miles per hour. That was 32ndfastest out of 39 car/driver combinations that turned laps on Tuesday.

Compare that to the fastest speed of the day when defending Indy 500 winner Will Power went 229.745 mph in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet.

There are 36 car/driver combinations entered in the race. The extra three car/driver combination laps came when drivers shook down the race setup for their teammates, such as James Hinchcliffe in the No. 60 Honda for Jack Harvey at Meyer Shank Racing.

According to McLaren officials, Alonso was frustrated at the lack of track time on a beautiful day in Indianapolis.

The 39-year-old left the track without speaking to the media, but that was part of McLaren’s plan to “lay low” on Opening Day.

INDYCARNBC Sports.com, however, got an exclusive interview with McLaren team principal Gil de Ferran, who won the 2003 Indianapolis 500 when he was with Team Penske.

“I think the plan here was to run more than we did,” de Ferran told NBC Sports.com. “Obviously, I’m disappointed and a little frustrated we had the issue in the afternoon. We are trying our best to understand what the problem is. So far, it’s baffling. We lost the entire afternoon session.

“This morning was a bit of a warmup. He still needed to do a bit of a run to complete his refresher with a conservative setup on the car.

“Not running this afternoon really hurts us. Here in Indy, when the weather is good, you want to be out there, and today was a day of good weather.

“We have a lot of capable guys. We will get on top of this matter and see.”

De Ferran and McLaren had not determined the cause of the electrical issue Tuesday night as they continued to scour over reams and reams of data on their computers.

NBCSports.com was allowed into the team’s garage in Gasoline Alley as lead engineer Andy Brown continued to look for the cause of the issue.

“If we understood what the issue is, it would have been fixed,” de Ferran said. “That’s why it’s so baffling. It’s an electrical issue; not mechanical.

“It’s been a difficult start. No doubt about that. We’ll see what we can do.”

In 2017 when “Alonso Mania” swept through the “Month of May” as Alonso skipped the Grand Prix of Monaco to compete in the Indianapolis 500, he was a quick study. He got up to speed in a hurry, qualified fifth on the grid and led 27 laps in the race before his Honda engine blew up on Lap 180.

Times have changed in 2019, though.

In 2017, McLaren partnered with Honda team Andretti Autosport, one of the top teams in the NTT IndyCar Series. Andretti provided Alonso with one of their top cars along with an outstanding collection of crew members and engineers who completely understood how to set up a competitive car for the 500-Mile Race.

In 2019, McLaren is doing it on its own.

INDYCAR Unable to continue with Honda, McLaren is powered by Chevrolet and has an engineering alliance with Carlin Racing, one of the smaller teams in the Chevy camp.

“We are under no illusions how big a challenge we have,” de Ferran admitted. “We are racing against some really good teams. I’m under the opinion two heads think better than one. We have a lot of experienced people in the group, but we haven’t run together as a team ourselves everyone together before. Any help that we can get is better than no help.

“This is our crew. There are some really talented guys, but we have a lot of work ahead of us.

“I don’t think of those expectations. Even when I was a driver, I’d look at the situation I’m in, try to understand he weaknesses and opportunities we have and tackle them head-on. If you do that in a consistent basis every day and successfully, usually the results will come.”

As for Alonso’s response to a disappointed Opening Day, de Ferran said, “He is very aware we needed the running. It was not a happy moment for anyone on the team, including Fernando.”

Wednesday will be a new day for the teams at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s another seven hours of practice from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

McLaren and Honda know they have some time to make out after a lost day of practice on Tuesday.

“One step at a time,” de Ferran said. “Hopefully, we’ll get on top of some of the issues we have today and get a fresh start and clean run on Wednesday.

“We need to review what we are going to do now. We lost three hours this afternoon. We have to develop the setup. We haven’t discussed exactly how we want to do the day on Wednesday.”

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has said a full-time NTT IndyCar Series team in 2020 is dependent on how well the operation does at Indianapolis in May. It would be a two-car team and some drivers, such as Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud, already have been considered as possibilities within the inner bubble of IndyCar.

When asked if he had an eye on future drivers for a full-time operation, de Ferran said it’s not his primary focus.

“Right now, I have my hands full,” de Ferran said. “Right now, our key focus is doing the best we can in the Indianapolis 500.”

There remains time for Alonso and McLaren to overcome Tuesday’s disappointment.

From Tuesday to Thursday of this week, IndyCar teams and drivers work on “Race Setup” with lots of full-tank runs and group runs to see how this car will work in traffic.

Teams start to trim for “qualifying setup” Friday because they are given extra boost. Teams work in reverse order to the month because they believe it is much more important to be ready for the race in case of rain. Speed setups can be handled in the “Fast Friday” and Saturday morning practice sessions.

“If the weather holds, we’ll have plenty of opportunity to recover from a day like today,” de Ferran said.

INDYCARNBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold’s “INDYCAR Pass” will combine to provide 13 hours of Indy 500 qualifying coverage, beginning Saturday, May 18, exclusively for “INDYCAR Pass” subscribers from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET before shifting to NBCSN at 5 p.m. ET. The final qualifying session, which will determine which driver earns the pole position, airs Sunday, May 19, from 12-3 p.m. ET on NBC.

NBC Sports Gold is NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming subscription service and will live stream 60 hours of INDYCAR content this month. A special $15 discount is now being offered, reducing the season-long subscription price to $39.99.

Practice coverage for this year’s Indy 500 begins with a seven-hour session on Tuesday, May 14 on “INDYCAR Pass.” In all, “INDYCAR Pass” will exclusively live stream 29.5 hours of Indy 500 practice coverage between May 14-18. NBCSN will also provide coverage of some practice sessions.

NBCSN and “INDYCAR Pass” will also combine to provide coverage of Indy 500 Carb Day, the IPL 500 Festival Parade, and the Indy 500 Victory Banquet.

The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge will be the first ever on NBC. Coverage begins on Sunday, May 26, with eight hours of programming: a pre-race show on NBCSN at 9 a.m. ET; race coverage at 11 a.m. ET on NBC; and a post-race show at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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Alonso first to crash in Indy practice

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Fernando Alonso became the first driver to hit the wall during practice for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

The Spaniard’s No. 66 McLaren Racing Chevy had completed a lap of 224.269 mph while running close to Graham Rahal and understeered into the Turn 3 wall. Striking with the right-front wheel first, the two-time Formula 1 world champion spun to the infield, struck the wall with the back of the car, and slid across to Turn 4, where he made additional contact with the front of the car. Prior to the crash, the team focused on making damper changes at the car’s rear.

The 37-year-old leapt from the car immediately and appeared to be uninjured. He was then checked and cleared to drive by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


“It was pure understeer on the car, and even though I lifted the throttle on the entry to the corner, it was not enough and the wall was too close and came too quickly,” he said. “Fortunately, it happened today. Sorry for the team, and we will come back strongly tomorrow.”

The team has two new cars for its return to the Indy 500, giving it the option to resume with its spare car once a motor is fitted, or to repair the crashed car and continue practicing with it on Thursday.

“We’re just going to hover around the car here and assess the situation and make a decision [on whether to switch to the spare car] in the coming hours,” said McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran. “We’d been fighting understeer this morning, and it looks like he just understeered into the wall and that was that.”
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