McLaren was one of many teams of European origin that was encouraged to the Indianapolis 500 through the development of various cars. One of them was the McLaren M24B that was used in four editions of the legendary test.
In 1978 and 1979 it was driven by American Johnny Rutherford. In his debut, entered by the McLaren / First National City Travelers Checks team, the Yankee started fourth and finished 18th. While the following year, scored by McLaren / Budweiser, he finished 18th again after starting eighth.
In 1981 this McLaren M24B was entered by Red Roof / Theodore Racing / Equip 66 ′ and driven by Australian Vern Schuppan, who finished third in the race won by American Bobby Unser escorted by his compatriot Mario Andretti.
The last test of this vehicle was also in 1981 at Pocono International Speedway. With Schuppan behind the wheel he was unable to reach the checkered flag due to a loss of oil pressure.
The Australian driver kept the car until he sold it in 2000 to a collector who restored it to its original condition and decorated it as Rutherford used it in 1979.
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