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McLaren's Tyler Alexander to retire after 46 years 17 Mar 2009

Tyler Alexander (USA) McLaren Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Magny-Cours, France, Saturday 30 June 2007. McLaren Directors, L to R: Bruce McLaren (NZL), Tyler Alexander (USA), Teddy Mayer (USA) and Phil Kerr (NZL) McLaren Factory, Colnbrook, England, 1970. World © Phipps/Sutton

Tyler Alexander, a McLaren stalwart and one of the few remaining members of the team to have worked alongside original founder Bruce McLaren, is to retire this month, McLaren confirmed on Tuesday.

Alexander’s career has spanned five decades at the pinnacle of motorsport. As a young US mechanic with a passion for racing, he joined Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd in 1963. He rose to become one of Bruce McLaren's most trusted lieutenants and, later, one of the burgeoning team's principal figures.

As the team expanded, Alexander found his talents blossoming on his own side of the Atlantic, helming McLaren's CanAm and USAC racing activities in North America before helping establish the foundations for Ron Dennis's McLaren International operation in the 1980s.

"While McLaren represents the cutting-edge of modernity, we also have huge pride and respect for our roots - very few people embody the blend of both those worlds as well as Tyler Alexander,” commented Ron Dennis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the McLaren Group.

"That he has retained an important role on our race team until his leaving speaks volumes for both his passion for the sport and his vast experience, adaptability and intelligence. His is a legacy that has spanned every decade of this team's involvement in Formula One and one that we will continue to cherish while missing his day-to-day involvement with the team.”