Theo Pourchaire to drive the number 6 Arrow McLaren for the rest of 2024 outside of the Indy 500

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France’s Theo Pourchaire will pilot the #6 Arrow McLaren for the remainder of the 2024 IndyCar season, aside from the 500 later this month.

The 20-year-old Formula 2 champion had started out this year expecting to do a full Super Formula season out in Japan as he looked to get a seat on the F1 grid in the future. However, that programme has now been scrapped.

However, a long-term injury for David Malukas has changed everything. McLaren let Malukas go following Barber as they had a clause in his contract. The 22-year-old hurt his hand and wrist in a nasty mountain biking during pre-season — it meant he never started a race for the team.

Pourchaire made his debut at Long Beach, finishing a strong P11. It was P22 at Barber as he was hit by teammate Pato O’Ward on the final lap of the race following a shocking day for Arrow McLaren.

Now the Frenchman has an opportunity to become a permanent fixture in the IndyCar paddock if he impresses through the remainder of the year.

Gavin Ward, Team Principal, Arrow McLaren, said:

“We’re excited to continue working with Théo. He proved to be a quick learner, and we believe his skillset and learning mindset will support his development as he gets more comfortable racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Now, it’s about continuing to grow and turning those learnings into results alongside the No. 6 team.”

Théo Pourchaire, Driver, Arrow McLaren, said:

“The NTT INDYCAR SERIES has some of the best racing in motorsport, and now I can say that with experience. I’m excited to take on this challenge with Arrow McLaren for the rest of the season. This is a special opportunity, and I am committed to learning and improving as we get on track each race weekend. I’ve enjoyed my first two races with the team, and I know we have plenty of potential in front of us. Of course, I would like to thank Zak, Gavin and Tony, as well as the Sauber F1 Team, for making this all possible