McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown says that the Arrow McLaren SP name will remain in the NTT IndyCar Series following the news on Sunday that the Woking-based outfit has acquired a 75% shareholding in the team.

Speaking at the announcement ahead of today’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville, Brown said that the team name will remain the same but also that team co-owner’s Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson will remain with the outfit. The acquisition increases McLaren Racing’s in the NTT IndyCar Series and just shows that despite the current climate due to the COVID-19 global pandemic that the NTT IndyCar Series continues to go from strength to strength.

Brown also confirmed that while his Formula One drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris are keen to compete in the Indianapolis 500 one day, it is not in their immediate future plans as they are focused on their job at hand in the Formula One world championship.

During the press conference, Zak Brown also mentioned that when he joined McLaren his goal was to diversify the company’s racing interests and confirmed that their planned move in the world of the ABB FIA Formula E world championship is still on the cards as is their team in Extreme E from 2022.

As for the immediate future, the team are focused on today’s inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville where Felix Rosenqvist will roll off from fourth place while Pato O’Ward starts the race from eighth place.

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