McLaren Racing today unveiled the official livery for the No. 66 car that will contest the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, where it driver Fernando Alonso will attempt to secure the ‘Triple Crown of motorsport.
The Chevrolet-powered McLaren rendition of the IndyCar Dallara, prepared at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, sports the familiar McLaren papaya orange — which echoes the color chosen by Bruce McLaren for the team’s first Formula 1 Grand Prix entry in 1966 and reflects the livery of the McLaren Formula 1 team’s MCL34. This year’s scheme for both racing series features a complementary blue that nods to the team’s racing heritage, while the choice of car No. 66 is to honor McLaren’s first victory at the Brickyard, achieved with Mark Donohue’s Penske-run M16 in 1972.
McLaren’s Indy entry will feature associate sponsorship backing from Dell Technologies, Huski Chocolate, neurotechnology company MindMaze, technology provider ScanSource, and AutoNation.
The car is currently en route from the UK to the U.S. ahead of the open test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on April 24. Alonso will sample the team’s second chassis at a closed test at the Texas Motor Speedway on April 9
“The reveal of the No. 66 car and livery is an important moment for McLaren Racing’s journey to the Indianapolis 500,” McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said. “It represents the beginning of the next phase of our program, and reflects a tremendous amount of hard work by our specialist Indy 500 team. We are all looking forward to seeing the No. 66 out on track for the first time on April 24.”
Alonso added: “I’m excited we are finally able to reveal to the world the No. 66 car which I’ll be racing with McLaren at the Indy 500 in May. The team at the McLaren factory has worked very hard to build this car ready for our return to the iconic Brickyard and I think it looks fantastic in the 2019 McLaren Racing colors. My hopes for the race remain the same, to win and achieve the Triple Crown, and I’m looking forward to meeting the fantastic U.S. fans who made me feel so welcome first time around.”