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Arrow McLaren confirms Ilott for St. Pete IndyCar opener

Ilott will drive its No. 6 Chevrolet-powered entry in place of David Malukas, who is recovering from surgery on his left wrist. The 25-year-old Briton has already subbed for Malukas – who suffered the injury while mountain biking – in pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Ilott has made 36 IndyCar starts with Juncos Hollinger Racing

Arrow McLaren confirms Ilott for St. Pete IndyCar opener

Ilott will drive its No. 6 Chevrolet-powered entry rather than David Malukas, who’s recovering from surgical procedure on his left wrist.

The 25-year-old Briton has already subbed for Malukas – who suffered the damage whereas mountain biking – in pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Ilott has made 36 IndyCar begins with Juncos Hollinger Racing during the last three seasons, together with 5 top-10 finishes. He additionally has expertise in System 1 as he was a check driver for Ferrari and a reserve driver for Alfa Romeo (now Sauber) in 2021. 

“Clearly I really feel sorry for David and the workforce,” Ilott stated. “It’s not simple to be on this place particularly simply forward of the beginning of the season. I want him one of the best and a speedy restoration.”

The deal is a one-off, as in a press release Arrow McLaren says it “continues to guage choices for its driver lineup for future exams and races as David recovers”. 

With that, although, Ilott talked about there may be not a battle to take part in IndyCar’s non-points exhibition at The Thermal Membership on March 24, however his standing for the occasion is unknown. Moreover, when requested in the course of the media availability by Motorsport.com in regards to the variety of IndyCar occasions he might do with out it impeding commitments in WEC, he responded with 11-12 races “if I needed to.”

Ilott is competing within the 2024 World Endurance Championship racing for Jota Sport within the Hypercar class, and scored a podium end within the season-opening race at Qatar on Saturday in its Porsche 963.

He misplaced his IndyCar trip at JHR to Romain Grosjean, following the ex-F1 racer’s break up with Andretti World final yr. The workforce had already re-signed Agustin Canapino, the 33-year-old former Argentinian Touring Automotive sensation, which meant Ilott needed to make manner.

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“I used to be anticipating to remain in IndyCar, that was the unique plan, and circumstances modified as they often do in life,” Ilott stated of the state of affairs on the time.

He completed twentieth and sixteenth in factors throughout full-time campaigns with Juncos, which defined of its resolution that ‘each events have mutually determined to half methods, efficient instantly’ and expressed its ‘honest appreciation for his contributions during the last two years’.

He scored career-best fifth place finishes with the workforce in 2023, on the St. Petersburg avenue race, the place he’ll race with McLaren this weekend, and the Laguna Seca finale.

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