New entity created by the partnership between McLaren and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, McLaren SP confirmed on Thursday that the Canadian James Hinchcliffe will not race one of the two IndyCar Series lineup in 2020.
The Oakville native, who arrived in 2015 at SPM after a debut at Newman / Haas and Andretti, has won three successes for Sam Schmidt's team and was the pole for the 2016 Indianapolis 500-mile race. to miss his qualification two years later.
With only one podium (3rd) in Iowa this season, Hinchcliffe will no longer drive for McLaren SP in IndyCar in 2020 but remains under contract with McLaren SP.
"We recognize that James is an extremely motivated and determined competitor, and we will not hesitate to release him unconditionally for another tub, either in IndyCar or another series. " says Sam Schmidt.
New tandem in 2020
McLaren SP was quick to confirm Hinchcliffe's replacement and Marcus Ericsson (who had left for Ganassi), with the arrivals of Patricio O'Ward and Oliver Askew. O'Ward has multiplied his experiences this year between the IndyCar with Carlin, the Super Formula with Team Mugen and the FIA F2 at MP Motorsport.
The Mexican secures a full program for 2020, after being supported by Red Bull.
After being seen in testing at Ganassi during the season, Oliver Askew finally landed at McLaren SP on the heels of his Indy Lights crown with Andretti Autosport, succeeding Patricio O'Ward on the charts.
"It's a dream come true to join Arrow McLaren SP for my first year in IndyCar, says Askew. The new team brings together three major partners and it is an honor to represent them in this new chapter for the team and for my career.
It's an exciting new challenge for me and the next natural step after winning the Indy Lights title this year. " A promising duo that could spark in 2020 in the IndyCar Series.