RE: McLaren to make IndyCar return in 2020

RE: McLaren to make IndyCar return in 2020

Monday 12th August

McLaren to make IndyCar return in 2020

British firm's racing arm is partnering with Arrow SPM to field a pair of Chevrolet-powered cars in US series



McLaren will make a full-time return to IndyCar from 2020 via a new partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, opening the door for Fernando Alonso to go for gold again at the Indy 500 next May. The newly formed Arrow McLaren Racing SP will use a pair of Chevrolet-engined cars for next season’s calendar, which will be the first to fully feature McLaren-branded cars since 1979 and the penultimate year before IndyCar switches to hybrid power.

McLaren’s input to the partnership will centre around providing technical support, but it will also boost the Arrow squad’s commercial and marketing efforts in a bid to attract more backers. Since IndyCar regulations are closely controlled, McLaren Racing won’t be able to transfer any technology over from Formula 1, but the team’s recent improvements since switching to Renault engines will no doubt have helped convince the board the motorsport arm warrants further investment.

Part of the draw to IndyCar will of course be the championship’s coveted Indy 500 race. Alonso, who’s still under contract with McLaren, just missed out on qualifying for this year’s Indy 500 by 0.019mph after a troubled week of testing and handling issues. Although McLaren wouldn’t budge on the prospect of the Spaniard returning in 2020 with Arrow McLaren Racing SP, it seems highly likely given that he essentially quit F1 to focus on achieving The Triple Crown of Motorsport, which will need him to add the Indy 500 to his Monaco GP and 24 Hours of Le Mans wins. His last go there in 2017 saw him lead for 27 laps before suffering an engine failure.


“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. “[Arrow SPM co-founders] 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.”

Gil de Ferran, McLaren Racing’s sporting director and the man that’ll head up the IndyCar programme, added: “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.”

Arrow SPM’s current drivers include fast-charging Indy star James Hinchcliffe and former F1 racer Marcus Ericsson, as well as 26-year-old Brit star Jack Harvey. It’s not yet known who’ll be chosen for the two confirmed seats at Arrow McLaren Racing SP in the 2020 season; if Alonso were to join at the 500 race, it’s likely the squad would be grown rather than him elbowing in to take the place of another driver.

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RacerMike

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Have they made sure it’s the right shade of orange in preparation tho....

Nerdherder

1,205 posts

41 months

Monday 12th August
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I never gava a damn about IndyCar. Is my PH membership now revoked?

Big Robbo

169 posts

90 months

Monday 12th August
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Who gives a monkeys about Fernando me me me Alonso? Sooner the self centered twit retires the better.
It's good McLaren are going back into Indycar and with Ericsson and Hinchcliffe they already have two excellent drivers. Whilst the team will never be as big as the Andretti squad or Penske team they , with the McLaren input will do a good job

RacerMike

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2,360 posts

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Monday 12th August
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Big Robbo said:
Who gives a monkeys about Fernando me me me Alonso? Sooner the self centered twit retires the better.
It's good McLaren are going back into Indycar and with Ericsson and Hinchcliffe they already have two excellent drivers. Whilst the team will never be as big as the Andretti squad or Penske team they , with the McLaren input will do a good job
Don't hold back. Tell us what you really think about him... winktongue outlaugh

Zygot

73 posts

16 months

Monday 12th August
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Hope Alonso is already in the simulator practicing his left turns to avoid another year of disappointment.

samoht

937 posts

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Alonso, who’s still under contract with McLaren, just missed out on qualifying for this year’s Indy 500 by 0.019mph after a troubled week of testing and handling issues.

I think it's worth emphasizing that McLaren's Indy effort really was utterly incompetent last year; it wasn't just a bad week, they screwed it up from start to finish. The utter humiliation was rounded off by first having to beg a working setup from one of the competitive American teams, and then failing to convert their inches to centimetres, sending Alonso out for a lap of scraping along the tarmac and losing yet more precious time.

https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/news/indycar/mc...


In an unprecedented series of admissions, Brown admitted that the team's steering wheel hadn't been ready for the first test in April, and that it was slow to recover after Alonso’s crash because the spare car had been painted the wrong shade of orange.

The car was still being repainted when it was needed, meaning that the team lost two days of testing, where rivals needed just a few hours to switch to their spare.

The team had bought the wrong tyre sensors, so a puncture wasn’t picked up before Alonso’s first qualifying run, and a mistake in converting inches to centimetres meant that the car was bottoming out, and scraping on the track in practice ahead of the knock-out stage.

CedricN

460 posts

89 months

Tuesday 13th August
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samoht said:
Alonso, who’s still under contract with McLaren, just missed out on qualifying for this year’s Indy 500 by 0.019mph after a troubled week of testing and handling issues.

I think it's worth emphasizing that McLaren's Indy effort really was utterly incompetent last year; it wasn't just a bad week, they screwed it up from start to finish. The utter humiliation was rounded off by first having to beg a working setup from one of the competitive American teams, and then failing to convert their inches to centimetres, sending Alonso out for a lap of scraping along the tarmac and losing yet more precious time.

https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/news/indycar/mc...


In an unprecedented series of admissions, Brown admitted that the team's steering wheel hadn't been ready for the first test in April, and that it was slow to recover after Alonso’s crash because the spare car had been painted the wrong shade of orange.

The car was still being repainted when it was needed, meaning that the team lost two days of testing, where rivals needed just a few hours to switch to their spare.

The team had bought the wrong tyre sensors, so a puncture wasn’t picked up before Alonso’s first qualifying run, and a mistake in converting inches to centimetres meant that the car was bottoming out, and scraping on the track in practice ahead of the knock-out stage.
Its really hilarious. I wonder what tech mclaren will bring to the SPM team. Apart from all the politics and BS, maybe the large f1 style hospitality trailer? smile

Big Robbo

169 posts

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I don't think the Penske or Andretti teams will be losing too much sleep.....

bobo79

156 posts

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Tuesday 13th August
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‘British company pays American company to paint off the shelf Italian racing cars orange’ is another headline that would work.