Fourth McLaren IndyCar entry on the desk for 2024 – Brown
McLaren CEO Zak Brown continues to be retaining the door open to a possible fourth full-time Arrow McLaren IndyCar, however he admits to being shocked by a few of the driver choices out there to him if the crew does decide to increasing.
Responding to a query about whether or not he would benefit from Marcus Ericsson’s looming free agent standing to “steal” the 2022 Indy 500 winner from Chip Ganassi Racing, Brown stated he thought it outstanding that the Swede could be out there within the first place.
“First, I don’t assume folks steal issues. I feel folks lose issues,” Brown stated.
“Marcus has accomplished an excellent job. I’ve recognized him from Components 1 for a while. He’s very humble. He’s accomplished an superior job. He’s gained the Indy 500; led the championship for a while. He would undoubtedly be within the consideration if we determined to do a fourth automotive.
“I feel he’s in all probability the highest free agent, so I’m a bit shocked, given how sturdy issues are commercially that, studying the quotes, that his present crew doesn’t have the business confidence that they’ll promote the Indy 500 (winner and) championship contender and signal him up. I perceive they in all probability have a bit little bit of time so I’m positive they’re working at it, however I wouldn’t let him go if he was driving for me, and I’d have the business confidence that I might get the sponsorship. However that’s not my difficulty. So if he does turn out to be a free agent, (if) we run a fourth automotive, he would undoubtedly be closely into account.”
Regardless of Brown’s public enthusiasm, RACER understands that Ericsson just isn’t beneath critical consideration for an Arrow McLaren seat if one had been to turn out to be out there within the close to future. Ericsson raced for the crew in its earlier Schmidt Peterson Motorsports guise in 2019.