McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown says that Arrow McLaren SP’s success this season in the NTT IndyCar Series sped up the process of their partnership with Arrow McLaren SP after it was announced on Sunday that the Woking-based outfit has purchased a 75% majority shareholding in the IndyCar team.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during the announcement, Brown said that it had always been on the cards that McLaren would take up an ownership option in the team.
Brown said that the team has been extremely satisfied with how things have progressed within the IndyCar Series with Pato O’Ward in second in the championship and they are happy with how Felix Rosenqvist has performed particularly this weekend in Nashville as he starts today’s race from fourth place on the grid.
Arrow McLaren SP President Taylor Kiel told Paddock Eye that if there is the possibility to bring more people over from the Formula One team to the IndyCar Series side or vice versa bringing some of the IndyCar Series crew to the Formula One team.
Brown has also confirmed that Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist will be in place full-time in 2022 and that they will expand to a three-car team in 2023 and if the right commercial opportunities present themselves next season they will bring a third car in if they can find the right driver to fit the team.