The Arrow McLaren SP NTT IndyCar Series tram announced on Wednesday that Oliver Askew and Patricio O’Ward will drive for the Chevrolet powered team in 2020.
Oliver Askew said:
It’s a dream come true to be joining Arrow McLaren SP for my first year in IndyCar.“The new team brings together three great partners and it’s an honor to be representing them in this new chapter for the team and for my career. This is an exciting new challenge for me and the next natural step after winning the Indy Lights title this year. I can’t wait to get started.
Patricio O’Ward who made his NTT IndyCar Series debut with Harding Steinbrenner Racing at the end of 2018 commented saying;
“I couldn’t be happier to be with Arrow McLaren SP for my first full season in IndyCar. “I’ve had some great opportunities over the last year, but this is by far the greatest thing that could possibly happen for my career. I had a taste of IndyCar earlier this year and cannot wait to represent Arrow McLaren SP in the best way possible for a full season in 2020.”
Team co owner Sam Schmidt said:
With our background in Indy Lights, I’ve followed Oliver and Pato closely over the last few years on the Road to Indy. “I couldn’t think of a better pairing as we write the first chapter in Arrow McLaren SP’s story. They’ve proven their skills on the Road to Indy and with an Indy Lights championship each, they are ready and deserving of full-time seats in IndyCar. I have no doubt that Oliver and Pato are the right drivers to move Arrow McLaren SP forward.”
McLaren Racing Sporting Director Gil de Ferran said:
As we look to establish Arrow McLaren SP and re-establish McLaren in the world of IndyCar, I’m delighted to be welcoming these two young, homegrown talents to the team. “Oliver and Pato represent the new generation of IndyCar drivers. Proven winners and exciting prospects, I have no doubt that they will form an excellent pairing as we take on the 2020 season.
“Both drivers were super-impressive in Indy Lights, racking up 16 wins between them over the last two seasons. We have taken time and care to make a driver selection that we believe is in the best long-term interests of Arrow McLaren SP.”
The news means that with five months until the 2020 season starts with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg that James Hinchcliffe is without a seat however a number of teams have expressed interest in signing the popular Canadian.