Alexander was a portion of McLaren’s Indy 500 wins with Johnny Rutherford in 1974 and ‘76
By: Adam Cooper on March 7, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Tyler Alexander (left) and Johnny Rutherford at a 1974 IndyCar race from Ontario, California.
Former McLaren mechanic and later team principal Tyler Alexander is recovering from a stroke suffered in February.
The American lately published a book in 2013 titled, “McLaren From the Within: Photographs by Tyler Alexander,” that featured his behind-the-scenes racing images from the 1960s.
A McLaren spokesman informed Autoweek: “Tyler is currently undergoing rehabilitation following struggling a stroke in early February. He’s in exceptional care and is creating quite very good progress. He’s grateful for all the help and affection he’s obtaining.”
A pal of the Mayer brothers Tim and Teddy, Alexander was a single of the original McLaren workers. He was element of the group when it attended its first Grand Prix in Monaco in 1966. In the early ‘70s, he ran the hugely successful CanAm and Indy auto operations ahead of heading back to the F1 crew. He was component proprietor of the McLaren staff that won the Indianapolis 500 in 1974 and 1976 with driver Johnny Rutherford.
The early ‘80s noticed Alexander leave McLaren to run his own Indy automobile group with Teddy Mayer, later assisting to identified the Beatrice Haas F1 crew. He then returned to McLaren and remained at the Woking staff right up until his retirement in 2009.
Autoweek wishes him a speedy recovery.
Signal up to have the Autoweek Every day Racing report, Racing Weekend Wrap-Up, Everyday Drive and Breaking News delivered correct to your inbox.