ON TRACK with David Scoggan – Team McLaren Exits

All month long, our racing guru David Scoggan is blogging LIVE from the track! Check back here regularly for a dose of Dave’s wit and whimsy.



Don’t look for Team McLaren and Fernando Alonso to utilize the unpopular, Salt Walther-style method of buying their way into the Indianapolis 500 starting lineup. Sporting Director Gil de Ferran, the 2003 Indy 500 winner, stated flatly, “We will NOT do that — we want to earn it.” Speculation immediately arose that mighty McLaren might approach the unsponsored Juncos team with a huge payoff, but team owner Riccardo Juncos confirmed that “we will be racing next Sunday.” Alonso was non-committal about a 2020 Indy return, saying, “Right now, it’s difficult to make any promise…..I don’t know exactly what opportunities will come for me. Maybe I race different series completely out of my comfort zone.” Have we seen the last of Fred and/or Team McLaren at Indy? Only time will tell…..

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