McLaren unveil livery for Alonso’s Indy 500 bid

McLaren have revealed the livery that will be used on Fernando Alonso’s car for their attempt at the 2019 Indianapolis 500 in May.

Following his retirement from Formula One at the end of 2018, Fernando Alonso will make another attempt at winning the famous Indy 500 race, backed by McLaren.

The Chevrolet-powered car will run with a livery very close to their Formula One outfit, mixing the papaya orange with additional blue contrasts.

The car will run with the number 66 as a nod to the team’s first victory at the oval circuit, when Mark Donohue (running with number 66) took the win in a Penske-run M16B in 1972.

CEO Zak Brown commented: “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 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.”

An Indy 500 victory for Alonso would be the final segment in achieving the ‘triple crown of motorsport’, meaning he would be the second driver to achieve wins at the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indy 500.

He last participated in 2017 but, despite leading for many laps, Alonso’s attempt ended in mechanical failure.

Click the images below for detailed shots of McLaren’s Indy 500 livery:

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