McLaren Racing have been extremely busy in recent weeks in both the US and the UK. In June the Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet NTT IndyCar Series team made their race debut with Oliver Askew and Patricio O’Ward competing in the season opening Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Team Managing Director Taylor Kiel told Paddock Eye following the race that he was happy with performance of the team.
This weekend sees Arrow McLaren SP head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis presented by AMR where Askew and O’Ward will compete in a road course IndyCar race for the first time this season.
The GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis takes place on Saturday and is live on NBCSN, meanwhile, roughly 4,829 miles away in Spielberg Austria, the McLaren Formula One team will have taken part in qualifying for the opening Grand Prix of 2019 Formula One season with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris behind the wheel of the MCL35 which takes place on Sunday.
Taylor Kiel confirmed that the team in Indianapolis working on the NTT IndyCar Series programme have been working closely with engineering department in Woking and he said that this has been great for the IndyCar programme.
Kiel confirmed that Arrow McLaren SP have a young pool of engineers with a median age of between 30 and 35.
McLaren have brought a fresh perspective to the IndyCar team with new ideas, McLaren have brought in veteran engineer Craig Hampson who will oversee the IndyCar operation on the technical side while in the UK the Formula One team technical side is operated by James Key.
McLaren Racing have Andreas Seidl and James Key in charge while on the IndyCar side the have team co owners Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson along with Taylor Kiel Craig Hampson with McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown overseeing both operations.