The Colombian veteran, who has began simply 5 Indy 500s but has gained two of them, was introduced because the group’s third, Indy-only driver final December, alongside full-timers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist, whereas final month it was revealed that Mission Meals shall be Montoya’s main sponsor.
Arrow McLaren SP introduced on Monday that Montoya’s orange and white entry pays tribute to Revson’s effort in qualifying for the 1971 version of the Memorial Day Weekend basic.
That 12 months, the works group had its laptimes constantly bested by the same M16 of Group Penske piloted by Mark Donohue, whereas Revson suffered a late engine blow-up.
Nonetheless, in qualifying, Donohue didn’t present his earlier tempo and Revson’s crew members, who had hurriedly put in a brand new Offenhauser engine, have been rewarded with the sight of their automobile not solely capturing pole with a 178.696mph four-lap common, but additionally beating the Indianapolis Motor Speedway monitor document by over 7mph.
Peter Revson, McLaren M16-Offenhauser, 1971 Indianapolis 500.
Picture by: Motorsport Images
Montoya, who gained the Indy 500 with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2000 (his Indy debut) and with Group Penske in 2015, stated: “I’ve actually missed this race so I can’t wait to compete in my first Indianapolis 500 since 2017.
“It’s extra-special to hold the #86 on my Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, honouring the unbelievable drive by Peter Revson for the pole for McLaren in 1971. This group is a good combination of wealthy historical past and thrilling promise, so will probably be a thrill to hitch them as I compete for my third Indianapolis 500 victory.”
Group co-owner Sam Schmidt stated “It’s a ravishing automobile and can actually complement the opposite two Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets pushed by Pato and Felix.
“I wish to thank Arrow Electronics and Mission Meals for supporting the #86 entry, so the group can area three nice drivers and automobiles with an opportunity to win the race.”
CEO of McLaren Racing, Zak Brown, added: “This entry represents the mix of three sturdy relationships: McLaren and Indianapolis, Juan Pablo and Indianapolis, and McLaren and Juan Pablo, so the quantity simply clicked for all of us.
“Most of all will probably be improbable for the followers, our companions and our group to see him line up with Pato and Felix for this world sports activities spectacle.”