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Brown: McLaren won't buy Indy grid place we want it on merit

Fernando Alonso said he would be watching the 103rd Indianapolis 500 from home, and McLaren head Zak Brown told The Associated Press that his team would not be buying out another entrant to get the two-time Formula 1 champion into the race. 'We'll come back fighting. We don't want to buy in,' Brown said. 'We want to earn it. Anyone can buy in. We want to get in on merit.' The McLaren miss is one of the biggest failures in Indy 500 history. Roger Penske missed the show with Al Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi in 1995, a year after dominating the race. Reigning CART champion Bobby Rahal missed it in 1993, and two-time Indy winner Rodger Ward never got up to speed to make the 1965 field. Gil...
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