INDIANAPOLIS – Everyone assumed that McLaren and Fernando Alonso would be coming over to the United States with Honda power for the 2019 Verizon IndyCar Series season. While Alonso is expected to test with an Andretti Autosport Honda as early as next month at that, the future plans for the Spaniard may actually involve Chevrolet instead.
Multiple sources have confirmed that Alonso would be testing on a road course in September and that it’s all to see what his interest for next season would be. Several venues have been brought up as possible destinations but nothing as of now is set in stone. Formula One will race Labor Day weekend in Italy, Sept. 16 in Singapore and Sept. 30 in Russia. So, if Alonso is going to test next month, it’s likely going to be on a week day during the week between Portland and Sonoma or the week following Sonoma.
Another wrinkle to this is that the top destination according to some sources will be with Andretti but not completely under their umbrella. McLaren hasn’t fully committed to coming over or not, but all signs point to Andretti and Harding teaming up and Alonso driving a second Harding car. The car likely will remain with Chevrolet while Andretti is contractually obligated to Honda. Odd, yes, but the situation is what it is. Then, if McLaren does come over, they’ll be partnered there.
Wink Hartman could also be a major player in this.
This in turn could open up Colton Herta and Patricio O’Ward to look elsewhere within the INDYCAR paddock because they were rumored to possibly be in this ride.