The Arrow McLaren NTT INDYCAR SERIES team revealed the livery that series veteran Tony Kanaan would compete with in his final Indianapolis 500 next month. TK announced in February that this year’s Indy 500 will be his last and he will drive the No.66 SmartStop Arrow McLaren Chevrolet.
The Brazilian will take the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on Thursday as the first of a two-day open test for the entire field gets underway and speaking about the livery, Kanaan commented saying:
“I’ve been eager to see this livery, and it does not disappoint. It’s one of the best-looking cars I’ve ever been in and representing the history of the Triple Crown makes it even more special. I’m so grateful to have SmartStop and my long-time partners 7-Eleven and NTT DATA along for this ride, and I’m excited to finally take this car out on the track starting tomorrow at the Open Test.”
The reveal of the No. 66 livery completes Arrow McLaren’s special livery series for the 2023 Indy 500 and ties the four cars together to commemorate McLaren’s Triple Crown. The team unveiled the No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7 Arrow McLaren Chevrolets at an event last week ahead of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, and each car represents a Triple Crown race win. The livery series forms a part of McLaren’s 60th birthday celebrations through 2023, honoring iconic moments throughout its history and the legacy built by team founder Bruce McLaren.
Kanaan will join his teammates Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist and Alexander Rossi for the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 28.
Speaking about the news, H. Michael Schwartz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SmartStop, said:
“We are thrilled to be a part of Arrow McLaren’s Triple Crown celebration and to sponsor the No. 6 SmartStop Arrow McLaren Chevrolet at the Indianapolis 500 with racing legend Tony Kanaan behind the wheel.
“SmartStop Self Storage is committed to supporting excellence, and Tony and the Arrow McLaren team exemplify the drive and determination needed to succeed at the highest level. We can’t wait to see what they will accomplish together on the track, and we are honored to be a part of this historic event.”