McLaren boss Zak Brown says the team’s IndyCar affiliate could enter a third car in selected rounds of the US series, with Jenson Button earmarked as one of three potential candidates for the seat.
Like all motorsport series, IndyCar is on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the racing is tentatively scheduled to resume on June 6 at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Arrow McLaren SP – the joint venture created last year between Schmidt Peterson Motorsport and McLaren – is undertaking a full-time effort in IndyCar with a line-up consisting of Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew.
The team will enter a third car for Fernando Alonso at the Indy 500 on August 23, but the Spaniard will also likely take part in the GMR Grand Prix hosted by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on its road course on July 4.
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Brown says that Arrow McLaren initially considered recruiting Button for IndyCar’s June 21 round at Road America, and also mulled giving seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson a race outing with the team later this year.