McLaren has confirmed it will enter next year’s IndyCar championship in partnership with the Schmidt Peterson team.Marcus Ericsson and James Hinchcliffe, will be rebranded as Arrow McLaren Racing SP entries.
The partnership between the two teams will see Schmidt Peterson co-founders Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson continue to run the operation, while McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran will run a dedicated IndyCar group within McLaren Racing.
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said the team’s return to the championship it last competed in full-time in 1978 will provide “not only a commercial platform to continue to grow our brand in North America, but competition with some of the best teams in international motorsport.”
“This team provides McLaren with the right synergy as a strategic partner for our return to the sport,” he added. “We believe together we can help each other achieve our mutual ambitions. Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson have built a solid foundation and we look forward to working together to take the team to the next level.”
McLaren’s IndyCar entry will use Chevrolet engines, as it did for its unsuccessful return to the Indianapolis 500 this year, where its sole driver Fernando Alonso failed to qualify.
Schmidt said he is “extremely proud of the team that Ric and I have built and that a legendary brand like McLaren Racing has decided to partner with us to form Arrow McLaren Racing SP to continue our march to the top of IndyCar.
“Arrow is a tremendous partner which has been integral to our growth as a team since 2015 and to the creation of this new partnership. The combined technical resources and commercial opportunities both McLaren and Arrow bring to the table provide a winning combination.”
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