McLaren to join IndyCar full-time for 2020 season

McLaren have announced that they will be entering two Chevrolet powered cars for the full 2020 IndyCar season in with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Last time McLaren entered themselves into a full season of American open wheeled racing was in 1979, until recently when they entered a car into the Indy500 with Alonso at the wheel in a partnership with Honda and Andretti Motorsport.

This year they entered as a stand alone team for the Indy 500 but were unable to qualify.

A deal today was announced with Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson to create Arrow McLaren Racing SP.

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“The partnership will see the infrastructure of Arrow SPM underpin the team’s operations, while McLaren adds technical expertise, commercial experience and marketing strength to enable the new entity to perform at the highest competitive level and regularly challenge for wins and the series title,” said a McLaren statement.

“Arrow SPM co-founders Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson continue in their current roles.

“Gil de Ferran, sporting director, McLaren Racing, will lead the McLaren IndyCar programme and involvement in Arrow McLaren Racing SP.

“He will helm a dedicated group from McLaren Racing, independent of the Formula 1 team.”

Article By Anthony Reynolds

Header Photo from Indianapolis Star

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