INDIANAPOLIS – AutoNation will return as a sponsor for McLaren Racing’s Indianapolis 500 attempt with two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.
Alonso’s McLaren-Chevrolet will feature AutoNation’s branding in during the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26. AutoNation previously partnered with McLaren and Alonso during Alonso’s first Indianapolis 500 attempt in 2017.
“It’s fantastic when a sponsor returns, and I’m delighted that AutoNation will be with McLaren again for our 2019 Indy 500 program,” said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown. “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.”
Alonso is attempting to join Graham Hill as the only two drivers to claim the Triple Crown motorsports, having already achieved victories at the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Alonso led the 2017 Indianapolis 500 on several occasions before retiring in the closing stages because of an engine failure, a race which marked McLaren’s return to Indianapolis after a 38-year absence.
“We are thrilled to be partnering again with McLaren for the Indy 500 this year. McLaren has a well-known racing pedigree, and we wish Fernando the best of luck,” said AutoNation Chief Marketing Officer Marc Cannon.