"It wil be a privilege to wear the bowtie brand at the 2019 Indy 500", said Alonso. "Having Chevrolet power behind me means we're putting ourselves in the best possible position to compete at the front. I had a bit of a taste of Chevy power last week in Jimmie Johnson's NASCAR and I liked it! The oppurtunity to contest any Indy 500 is an honor, so I'm proud to have Chevrolet as part of the team."
"McLaren and Chevrolet have a shared pedigree in North American Motorsport and the oppurtunity to reunite the two brands for this special event was just too good to pass up," Zak Brown said, cheif executive of McLaren Racing. "Like McLaren, Chevrolet has racing in its heart. The Company's reputation in IndyCar and at this special race is first class and they will be a powerful partner.
McLaren and Chvevrolet used to run together in SCCA's Canadian Amercian cup or CAN-AM back in the 60s and 70s with Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme as drivers who went on to absolutly dominate the series.
Alonso made quite a splash in his 2017 debute at Indianapolis qualifying in the middle of the second row and running in the top 10 for a good portion of the race, before falling out due to engine failure with just 21 laps to go.
In 2017 Honda was the preffered choice with there aerokit and engine. In 2018 the tables and turned, Chevrolet was the dominant engine with the new for 2018 spec aerokit.
It has not been said how McLaren’s entry will be fielded, in 2017 they had a partnership with Andretti Autosport to prepare their car. That is out for 2019 with Andretti being a Honda team, there were rumors of McLaren being in conjunction with chevy team Harding Racing. We'll see what happens when we get closer to 2019 and Indy.