Vandoorne performance gap to Alonso down to car, not driver – Brown
But Brown doesn’t rule out a future US open wheel programme. It could be one that would include the Indy 500 as part of a full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
“I’d rather the next time we go – whether that be Indy 500 only or IndyCar – it not be a one-off,” he said.
He said that it was a matter of deciding McLaren’s priorities. “How much time am I or we prepared to spend on going to Indy?”
“If we take the decision it’s Indy only, I would like it to be Indy only for the next 10 years. Buy a car, partner with a team – but we’re committing to it long term.
“Given that the Indianapolis 500 is a big percentage of IndyCar’s overall awareness, does that give you enough to accomplish what you want to do,” mused Brown. “Or do you want to do a full season?
“That’s all part of the review process,” he concluded.
Brown is also co-founder of the United Autosports sports car racing team. Alonso will be racing for them in next month’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. Alongside him will be McLaren’s new test and development driver Lando Norris.
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