McLaren to return to full-time IndyCar slate in 2020

McLaren will return to a full-time IndyCar bid in 2020 in conjunction with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Several additional IndyCar Silly Season dominoes collapsed on Friday with the news that McLaren Racing will indeed enter the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020 but only through a merger with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

McLaren, which has entered two of the last three Indianapolis 500s, has not contested the full schedule since 1979.

Under its new partnership, McLaren Indy will be renamed Arrow McLaren SP and will operate out of the Schmidt headquarters in Indianapolis. Due to McLaren’s rocky relationship with Honda, the former Schmidt team will also switch to Chevrolet power.

Team owners Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson have raced with Honda since taking over the FAZZT team following the 2010 season.

Arrow Electronics will remain the team’s title sponsor, but a driver lineup was not revealed on Friday.

That last point will be complicated because James Hinchcliffe is contracted to both Schmidt Peterson and Honda next season, so there will need to be some conversations about where the popular Canadian will land.

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