McLaren announced their full-time IndyCar comeback for 2020, having established a strategic partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chevrolet.
After 41 years the British outfit will rejoin the American series on a full-season commitment, after this year’s one-off alliance with Carlin to enter the Indy 500.
The partnership will have the team renamed Arrow McLaren Racing SP, fielding two Chevrolet-powered single-seaters. As per the official press release issued earlier today, the infrastructure of Arrow SPM will undertake the team’s operation, whereas McLaren is going to add technical expertise, commercial experience and marketing strength.
Following Bob Fernley’s departure, Gil de Ferran will be in charge of McLaren’s IndyCar programme, which is going to feature a group of professionals working independently from the F1 team.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown commented: “This team provides McLaren with the right synergy as a strategic partner for our return to the sport. 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.
“I’m absolutely delighted that we will expand our relationship with Arrow Electronics across both F1 and IndyCar, while renewing our long affinity with Chevrolet as our engine partner. McLaren and Chevrolet have a special history together in North America and it is fitting they are part of our full-time return to IndyCar.”
Ric Peterson and Sam Schmidt will continue in their current roles, with the latter declaring: “I’m 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.”