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McLaren stalwart Alexander dies, aged 76

AFP logoAFP 09-01-2016
McLaren Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso races during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC © Provided by AFP McLaren Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso races during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC

Tyler Alexander, one of the founding fathers of the McLaren Formula One empire, died on Thursday at the age of 76, the British team announced.

American-born Alexander worked shoulder-to-shoulder with team founder Bruce McLaren in the 1960s and was involved in various projects before retiring in 2008.

His management career also engineered two wins in the Indianapolis 500 before he dedicated his entire time to McLaren from 1989.

"Alongside Bruce McLaren, who founded the McLaren company in 1963, Tyler Alexander was one of the first pillars of our company and Bruce couldn't have asked for a sturdier pair of shoulders upon which to help build the team's reputation," said McLaren chief executive Ron Dennis.

"Tyler lived and breathed McLaren and, following his retirement in late 2008, during which season he attended every Grand Prix and played an important part in securing the team's and Lewis Hamilton's world championship success, he remained a much loved and greatly valued chum to many of us.

"He was a man who would never let you down."

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