New Arrow McLaren driver Tony Kanaan says he believes that he new boss, Zak Brown has an aggressive vision for the NTT IndyCar Series team.
TK joined the Arrow McLaren IndyCar team over the off-season from Chip Ganassi Racing and will attempt to qualify for his 22nd Indianapolis 500 in May.
Arrow McLaren have gone through a period of growth over the off-season with the arrival of the likes of Brian Barnhart and Gavin Ward to the team.
The team have also added a third car full-time for 2023 with the arrival of Alexander Rossi from Andretti Autosport.
The team also brought in 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan for the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500. TK will drive the No.66 Chevrolet in the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.
Kanaan finished the race on the podium last season in third place behind his new teammate Pato O’Ward.
Speaking about Zak Brown during IndyCar media day on Wednesday Kanaan said:
“Yeah, I mean, think about we hired so far 40 more employees since we went from three cars in Indy, two full-time to three full-time. I think Zak [Brown] has a vision that’s very aggressive, and he wants to grow the team and he wants to win. That’s all he cares. He’s a racer. Like a lot of the team owners in this series. Yeah, we have grown fast, and it’s going to be up to us to make sure that we keep up the expectations.
Kanaan went on to say:
“Yeah, I think if you take the example with Chip last year, he put all his cars in the top 12 and he put himself in a position that he was going to be covered to win the Indy 500 if something happened to one of his cars, and look what happened. We had five cars, and we made it happen. Two of them had an issue, but the other two covered the bases. Yeah, I like our chances a lot.”
The Brazilian not has a wealth of knowledge about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he has been in IndyCar for many years and adds plenty of depth to an already extremely impressive team.