British F1 team McLaren Racing have confirmed their presence as a full time entry in the NTT IndyCar Series from next season.
Having long made their desire known to compete on a more full time basis across the pond, the Woking based McLaren team have today confirmed a partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to run a full season campaign in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series - returning the famous racing team to top flight US competition for the first time since 1979.
Set to be branded as Arrow McLaren Racing SP, the new partnership looks set to field two Chevrolet powered cars for the full racing season, including the prestigious Indy 500 in May next year, with the project to be headed up by McLaren man and former IndyCar star Gill de Ferran.
“IndyCar has been part of McLaren since our early years of racing, and the series today provides 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" said McLaren Racing CEO, Zak Brown.
With the racing expertise of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports behind them, a team who have already proven themselves more than capable with James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson this season, the base McLaren are building for this new adventure should provide a solid platform for the outfit to come out fighting in the new season - going a long way towards papering over the obvious cracks that appeared during the disastrous qualification attempts for the jewel in the crown Indy 500 event last May.
“IndyCar is a natural fit for McLaren, given our legacy and determination to succeed at the top levels of international motorsport. Our ambition, over time, is to consistently compete for wins and championships. We acknowledge the challenge ahead of us but McLaren is committed to this partnership and to supporting the team as a whole.” added de Ferran, himself no stranger to success in American racing.
With the start of the new season still some way off, McLaren have yet to confirm which drivers will represent the new team in 2020, or indeed how much of the Arrow Schmidt Peterson organisation will be brought into the new squad.
More news to follow.. exciting times.
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