McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown has said that failing to qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500 in May had little or no fiscal impact on the team and will help the team in the long run.
The Woking based outfit went solo for the effort with Chevrolet with small technical support from Carlin however Fernando Alonso was bumped from the field by Kyle Kaiser of Juncos Racing.
Fast forward to August, the team announced a partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with the team being renamed Arrow McLaren SP with Chevrolet power and two new drivers for 2020 with Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew replacing James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson.
While Marcus Ericsson has found a new home at Chip Ganassi Racing, the Mayor of HinchTown has yet to find a seat.
McLaren have also brought in Sebastien Bourdais’ old race engineer Craig Hampson to lead the engineering department and serve as race engineer to Oliver Askew.
When McLaren missed the cut for the Indianapolis 500 this year there was shock up and down the pit lane however in 2020 they will have more experience as a team with Taylor Kiel as general manager while Gol De Ferran and Sam Schmidt serve a co team principal’s.