McLaren Engines was created in 1969 when the New Zealand-born company founder and racing legend Bruce McLaren established a North American base to support his initiatives in the Can-Am and Indy racing series. McLaren won five Can-Am championships in the nine years the series was run. Team McLaren won the Indy 500 in both 1974 and 1976 with Johnny Rutherford behind the wheel. By the end of that decade, McLaren racing efforts were re-concentrated in Europe with a focus on F1. Today, the two McLaren entities co-exist in name only. McLaren Engineering, as it is known today, has remained in the Detroit area as a leading powertrain engineering and development service to the North American automotive industry.