Fernando Alonso will use a Chevrolet engine because of his bid to win the Indianapolis 500 next year, his McLaren team have confirmed.
The statement was a bible since Honda, the only other engine maker in Indycar, had refused to supply an engine for Alonso’s automobile.
The two-time Formula 1 world champion is going to have the engine which set pole and won the prestigious race in 2018.
Alonso, 37, retired from F1 at the end of this 2018 year with 32 victories.
Alonso won Monaco twice – with Renault in 2006 and McLaren in 2007 – and triumphed at Le Mans on his first effort this season in a Toyota with co-drivers Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima.
Just Graham Hill has won.
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Some regard the triple crown as the F1 world title, Indy and Le Mans – but equally Briton Hill and Alonso are dual F1 world champions anyway.
Alonso is contesting Indy with a car run by a new team being put up by McLaren. Former Force India deputy team leader Bob Fernley is leading the project in his new role as McLaren Indycar president.
Fernley stated:”Our partnership with Chevrolet is an integral part of our strategy for its 2019 Indy 500.
“As the reigning winning engine, the Chevrolet motor puts us in a strong position to competition this exceptionally challenging event.
“We’ve quickly established a strong working relationship with the Chevrolet team, that are absolute professionals, committed to the struggle, and true racers.”
Alonso raced at Indy in 2017, leading 27 laps and contesting success until his engine – that time a Honda – failed in the closing stages.
The Spaniard is also expecting to become World Endurance Champion in the end of their present’super-season’, which runs till next year’s Le Mans.
He is also competing in the Daytona 24 Hours sportscar occasion on 26-27 January in a Cadillac for leading outfit Wayne Taylor Racing.