Arrow McLaren SP NTT IndyCar Series team co owner Sam Schmidt says that his team are firmly focused on preparing their two new drivers, Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season amid suggestions the team may enter Fernando Alonso in the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 24.

Honda have ruled out supplying an engine lease for the Spaniard who has close ties to Toyota and who criticized Honda’s F1 programme with McLaren.

The double Formula One world champion was set to return to Andretti Autosport for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing but that move has been vetoed.

Sam Schmidt has confirmed that his team who have traditionally ran a third car for the Indy 500 have not opened discussions with any drivers for the month of May.

Paddock Eye understands that former Arrow McLaren SP driver James Hinchcliffe has been released from his contract and could potentially end up back with Andretti Autosport for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 24.

Schmidt doesn’t want the Alinso story to detract from his team’s preparations for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, he said that they te have had to sort out their commercial and technical partnerships for this season.

Schmidt says that as a fan of the NTT IndyCar Series he would love to see Fernando Alonso back racing in the Indianapolis 500 this year.

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