INDIANAPOLIS – McLaren Racing announced on Thursday that AutoNation, America’s largest automotive retailer, will return as a partner for the team’s attempt at the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Chevrolet will feature AutoNation’s branding in the world-famous 500-mile American race on Sunday, May 26.
“We are thrilled to be partnering again with McLaren for the Indy 500 this year,” AutoNation Chief Marketing Officer Marc Cannon commented. “McLaren has a well-known racing pedigree, and we wish Fernando the best of luck.”
Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Alonso competes in his second Indy 500, attempting to join Graham Hill in claiming motorsport’s Triple Crown, having already achieved victories at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Fernando led the 2017 Indy 500 on several occasions before retiring in the closing stages, a race which marked McLaren’s return to Indy after a 38-year absence.
“It’s fantastic when a sponsor returns, and I’m delighted that AutoNation will be with McLaren again for our 2019 Indy 500 program,” Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, said. “They were a superb partner in 2017 and we’re looking forward to building on our previous work together, at what will be a very special event for all of us.”