McLaren Racing commissions new US$25m IndyCar facility

97,000-square-foot building will be located in Whitestown, Indiana.

McLaren Racing commissions new US$25m IndyCar facility

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  • Construction set to begin in second half of 2022
  • Facility aiming to be operational in phases between 2023 or early 2024

British motorsport organisation McLaren Racing has commissioned a new IndyCar facility in Whitestown, Indiana, with construction scheduled to begin in the second half of 2022.

McLaren plans to invest more than US$25 million in the 97,000-square-foot facility, which will house office space, technical areas, workshop space, logistics and transports areas, as well as a dedicated area to practice pit stops.

The facility is anticipated to become operational in phases between 2023 or early 2024.

The project’s announcement arrives after McLaren completed its agreement to acquire a 75 per cent shareholding in the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team by the end of 2021. Arrow McLaren SP returned to full-time IndyCar competition during the 2020 campaign, following a 40-year hiatus from the open-wheel series, through a strategic partnership with the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team. McLaren plans to run three full-time entries for 2023.

“Part of our long-term strategy for Arrow McLaren SP is to relocate the team to a new facility fit for the future,” said Zak Brown, chief executive of McLaren Racing.

“This is both a clear sign of our commitment to IndyCar and also to the community of Whitestown, the city of Indianapolis, and the state of Indiana, which has been the home of IndyCar since the sport began.”

Eric Holcomb, governor of Indiana, added: “Indiana’s reputation as a leader in motorsports continues to gain speed with companies like McLaren Racing choosing to invest in our state.

“When [Indiana secretary of commerce Brad] Chambers and I met with Zak Brown during our recent trip to Europe, we were overly impressed that sustainability and adaptability have been the keys to their success. This aligns perfectly with what we are building here in Indiana.”