Arrow McLaren SP announced on Tuesday a number of key management changes in the structure of their NTT IndyCar Series team which will take affect from 2023 onwards.
Former Oracle Red Bull Racing engineer and Josef Newgarden’s engineer at Team Penske, Gavin Ward who joined Arrow McLaren SP in July as Head of Trackside Operations has been promoted to Racing Director of Arrow McLaren SP.
Speaking following the announcement, Ward said:
to continue elevating Arrow McLaren SP and our competitiveness on the track. Max, Nick, Billy and I have worked really well together this past season, so we already have established an impressive baseline that will lead to a smooth start for 2023. I’m really excited to see what the team will do and welcome Brian to the team as well.”
In the role of Racing Director, Gavin will lead the technical performance team of Max Neyron (Director of Operations), Nick Snyder (Director of Performance) and Billy Vincent (Director of Competition), which will collectively drive the future performance of the racing team in the 2023 season and beyond.
Brian Barnhart, the former President of the NTT IndyCar Series and Andretti Autosport strategist has been appointed to the role of Arrow McLaren SP General Manager and speaking about the news he said:
I’m excited to join McLaren Racing as General Manager for Arrow McLaren SP. The team has made incredible strides in challenging the top teams for the championship over the past two seasons. AMSP is full of talent, from their drivers to the mechanics and every position in between, and I’m honored to join them.”
Arrow McLaren SP will field three cars full-time in 2023 with Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist joined by 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi who comes over from Andretti Autosport.
Speaking about the management changes at Arrow McLaren SP, McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said:
This leadership team has decades of racing success, with each bringing their own expertise to the group which will be a differentiator for the team as we grow to a three-car lineup in 2023 and continue to build on our heritage in the sport. Gavin has made a solid impact in the few short months he’s been with the team, and we welcome Brian and the years of INDYCAR experience he brings to the team.”