Zak Brown Tag

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Nearly 15 months removed from one of the lowest points of McLaren CEO Zak Brown’s motorsports career, he and the entire Arrow McLaren SP operation are making excellent strides for not just their NTT IndyCar Series program, but assuring last year’s Indianapolis 500 is just a blip on the radar. It’s no secret that McLaren’s independent effort in 2019 was an absolute disaster the moment they began testing with Fernando Alonso, something Brown admitted during Tuesday morning’s video conference. “You’ve got to get it pretty wrongRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Daniel Ricciardo has been officially confirmed at McLaren for the 2021 Formula 1 season. The 30-year-old Australian will finish out the current year with Renault before replacing Carlos Sainz Jr. and teaming alongside Lando Norris at the Woking-based squad next year.  The announcement of Ricciardo to McLaren all but officially confirms Sainz will join Ferrari, who agreed on Tuesday to part ways with four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel at the end of 2020.  Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, believes that signing Ricciardo will continue toRead More
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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Arrow McLaren SP announced Tuesday that two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso will be driving the third entry for the 104th Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge. Alonso will be sponsored by Ruoff Mortgage and like last year, will carry the No. 66 on his Chevrolet powered car. Ruoff Mortgage is known in the world of INDYCAR as Takuma Sato’s primary sponsor when he won a thrilling 2017 Indy 500, the only race Alonso qualified where he led 27 laps until a dreaded engine failure knockedRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer LONG BEACH, California – McLaren could be well on their way to a full-time entry sooner rather than later in the NTT IndyCar Series. Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren, traded the milestone 1000th Formula One grand prix in Shanghai, China, for the always festive Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the site of the fourth round of the 2019 IndyCar championship. It was there during a media availability he shared some of the vision of the organization’s plans, as well as his thoughts on the one-offRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Farewell Honda, and hello Chevrolet as Fernando Alonso’s second Indianapolis 500 start will be powered by 2.2 liter twin turbocharged Bowtide Brand for his McLaren Racing entry. “It will be a privilege to wear the Bowtie Brand at the 2019 Indy 500,” Alonso about the announcement. “Having Chevrolet power behind me means we’re putting ourselves in the best possible position to compete at the front.” Last week, Alonso got a glimpse of running a Chevy-powered car when he tested seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson’s Camaro ZL1Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief McLaren Racing revealed that Bob Fernley has been appointed as president of McLaren IndyCar. The former deputy team principal of Force India, Fernley will lead the Indy 500 program, which returns two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, and will report directly to Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing. Fernley will be responsible for putting together and leading a technical team, which will stay entirely exclusive to the IndyCar operation. He will also help evaluate McLaren Racing’s potential full-time involvement in the future. “Heading back to theRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Fernando Alonso and McLaren Racing confirmed plans to compete in the 2019 edition of the Indianapolis 500. With wins in both the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Spaniard needs only a victory in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” to achieve the Triple Crown, which has only ever been achieved by the legendary Graham Hill. Next May will mark Alonso’s second attempt at the Brickyard, having previously ran there in 2017 in a collaborated effort with McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport. TheRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief AUSTIN, Texas – Fernando Alonso will not be participating in the full Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2019. However, he is still pursuing a return to the series’ iconic crown jewel race, the Indianapolis 500. The 37-year-old Spaniard shared the confirmation following Formula One qualifying for the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. “In the summertime I was thinking about it, but it was always linked with the team and McLaren. We talked a lot at the beginning of the year what wereRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief AUSTIN, Texas – McLaren Racing will not be fielding a full-time entry in the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2019 season, but remains keen on the potential of a return in the Indianapolis 500. The confirmation came from McLaren CEO Zak Brown during Friday’s FIA press conference for the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. “We’ve taken the decision to not compete on a full-time basis in 2019,” Brown said. “We’re simply not ready yet and very focused on Formula 1. So weRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief McLaren have announced that Coca-Cola has signed on as a partner for the remainder of the 2018 Formula One campaign. The iconic beverage company has a history in the sport, most notably with Lotus in 2012 with its Burn energy drink. “Coca-Cola has a rich history of sponsorship and a record of innovative activations and we are honored the company has chosen to partner with McLaren to explore opportunities in Formula 1,” said Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing. “Formula 1 as a sport is changing,Read More