Following his final race behind the wheel at the most recent Indianapolis 500, Tony Kanaan has joined Arrow McLaren as a special advisor.
His new role outside the cockpit will keep him engaged in the sport now that his driving career has wound down following a very successful 25 years in the sport.
The longtime veteran will travel with the team to races and tests, and will provide guidance and strategy to the team’s three drivers as well as the crew.
He will also help the team with commercial partnerships and business development, an area that neither Kanaan nor Arrow McLaren have struggled to be successful.
“I had said that I wasn’t going to leave racing or the NTT IndyCar Series, so I’m very excited to join the Arrow McLaren team in this role,” said Kanaan.
“Zak [Brown] and Gavin [Ward] have a great vision for where this team is headed and what we can accomplish, so I look forward to helping us get there and making the team and the series even better. This team works hard and has a lot of fun. That’s what racing is about, and it’s why I love being part of the team.”
Kanaan joined Arrow McLaren in late 2022 in order to race as a fourth driver for the team in the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500.
He quickly became an integral part of the team and an asset to the entire operation, which has desires to grow into the top outfits in American open wheel racing.
“I’m thrilled to have Tony join Arrow McLaren and our McLaren Racing family in a more formalized capacity following his brilliant IndyCar career,” said McLaren CEO Zak Brown.
“He’s a racer, and he knows how to win. Having him around our team and mentoring our drivers can only make us stronger contenders in the NTT IndyCar Series championship.”