The squad’s further entry for the Indy 500 will likely be pushed by the Brazilian veteran, who will make his 22nd begin within the Memorial Day Weekend traditional.
Regardless of working a part-time schedule since 2020, Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 winner, proved he nonetheless has what it takes by ending third in final season’s 500, qualifying sixth and ending third for Chip Ganassi Racing and splitting the AMSP automobiles of Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.
Kanaan stated: “I really feel extraordinarily fortunate to get one other shot racing within the Indy 500. I’m excited to work with Pato, Felix and Alexander and race with the Arrow McLaren SP group.
“My greatest battle in final 12 months’s race was towards these three drivers, so working with them and driving with them will likely be thrilling for all of us.”
The group additionally introduced that NTT Knowledge will likely be major sponsor of Rosenqvist’s automotive in 2023, in addition to backing Kanaan’s entry.
Whereas AMSP missed out on signing Alex Palou when Ganassi proved its 2021 champion had contravened the phrases of his contract by negotiating with a rival squad, McLaren has been in a position to snatch NTT Knowledge, one in all Ganassi’s major IndyCar sponsors since 2014.
Tony Kanaan, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Photograph by: IndyCar
It’s going to reunite Rosenqvist with the Japanese sponsor, for the reason that Swedish ace drove Ganassi’s NTT Knowledge #10 automotive for the primary two years of his IndyCar profession earlier than being changed by Palou for the ’21 season.
AMSP’s contract to again its #6 automotive is described as multi-year, and thus the #6 will likely be run in full NTT livery for 10 of the 17 rounds in 2023, whereas Rosenqvist’s teammates Pato O’Ward (#5) and Alexander Rossi (#7) will carry affiliate branding.
Kanaan drove an NTT Knowledge-backed Ganassi automotive from 2015 via ’17. NTT Knowledge was additionally his major sponsor when driving the #48 CGR-Honda in 2021, earlier than Jimmie Johnson elected to run the complete schedule.
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown stated: “NTT Knowledge becoming a member of our nice group of companions is a large enhance for Arrow McLaren SP. I’m thrilled they are going to be representing our #6 automotive as a lead accomplice and a serious sponsor for our fourth entry within the Indy 500, piloted by Tony Kanaan.
“Tony proved final 12 months he can compete with the perfect of them, and I’m excited to see him placed on a present with our group subsequent Might.”
Rosenqvist added: “I stay up for representing NTT Knowledge as soon as once more. They’re an excellent accomplice and are dedicated to the collection. I welcome them to the McLaren Racing household and am prepared to start out the season off in St. Petersburg, racing the #6 NTT DATA Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet.
“It’s going to even be nice to race alongside Tony and study from him as we put together for the Indy 500.”