McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown says that the company’s NTT IndyCar Sereis programme compliments their Formula One activity as it has helped them to strengthen their presence as a business in the United States.
Speaking during the 2021 Formula One team launch on Monday, Brown said that the team’s expansion into the IndyCar Series helped enabled them to bring Arrow Electronics, their primary sponsor from the IndyCar side over to Formula One which has benefited Arrow Electronics in terms of their global reach.
In January, McLaren Racing signed a letter of intent to enter the ABB FIA Formula E world championship in 2022 and speaking at the time of that announcement, Brown said:
We’ve been closely observing Formula E for some time and monitoring the series’ progress and future direction. The opportunity to take an option on an entry, together with the completion of the McLaren Applied supplier contract with the FIA at the end of Gen 2, gives us the necessary time to decide if Formula E is right for McLaren as a future competition platform.
Speaking to the media during a Zoom call on Monday afternoon, when asked whether or not McLaren might enter the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar championship of World Endurance Championship under the new regulations, Brown said that they are open to the idea but that it has to make sense in terms of the Formula One team as everything leads back to that as Formula One is at the heart of their business.
McLaren returned to the NTT IndyCar Series on a full-time basis in 2020 when they partnered with Schmidt Peterson Motorsport to form Arrow McLaren SP powered by Chevrolet and having successfully incorporated the IndyCar team in to their racing programme it immediately began to bare fruit.
Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew were brought in to the team and got up to speed extremely quickly and by the end of the season O’Ward had six top ten finishes, one NTT Pole Award and had completed every lap of the season ending the year in fourth place in the championship on 416 points.
For the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season, Arrow McLaren SP have brought in Felix Rosenqvist from Chip Ganassi Racing while they will also run Juan Pablo Montoya in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 30.