When McLaren nearly went to Indycar

When McLaren nearly went to Indycar

The McLaren name is back at the Indianapolis 500 this year with Fernando Alonso, but it could have become a full-time Indycar team in the 1980s had a plan by sponsor Marlboro come together

The idea of a car bearing the word 'McLaren' on orange-liveried flanks racing in this year's Indianapolis 500 would have sounded preposterous a little more than a month ago. The prospect of the same Formula 1 team competing at the Brickyard 30 years ago would have seemed just as ridiculous.

Yet there was a plan for McLaren to race Indycars full-time in the mid-1980s in a different hue of orange - the familiar lurid orange-and-white of Marlboro.

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