Arrow McLaren announced on Thirsday that Tony Kanaan, who competed in his final Indianapolis 500 last month has joined the team as special advisor.
Tony has unmatched success in sponsorship development and relationships in motorsport, which will help bridge the team’s commercial and competitive ambitions. In addition to his INDYCAR responsibilities, Tony will also be involved in McLaren Racing’s heritage program.
Tony Kanaan, Special Advisor, Arrow McLaren, said:
“I had said that I wasn’t going to leave racing or the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, so I’m very excited to join the Arrow McLaren team in this role. Zak and Gavin have a great vision for where this team is headed and what we can accomplish, so I look forward to helping us get there and making the team and the series even better. This team works hard and has a lot of fun. That’s what racing is about, and it’s why I love being part of the team.”
Gavin Ward, Racing Director, Arrow McLaren, said:
“Tony’s distinct skillset will help the team connect how we go racing to how we can make the most of our partnerships. As a championship driver, he does both incredibly well – delivering on track and locking in committed partnerships. He brings a champion mindset to what we’re doing – and that’s racing to win championships while having fun doing it. Having him on the team as a multifaceted resource in his advisor role is a big win for Arrow McLaren.”
Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, said:
“I’m thrilled to have Tony join Arrow McLaren and our McLaren Racing family in a more formalized capacity following his brilliant INDYCAR career. He’s a racer, and he knows how to win. Having him around our team and mentoring our drivers can only make us stronger contenders in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship.”