McLaren announce new special advisor

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McLaren’s IndyCar team has announced that Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner, will assume the role of special advisor following his retirement from racing. 

Kanaan recently participated in his final race in the series, driving a fourth car for McLaren and finishing in 16th place. 

In his new position, Kanaan will serve as a mentor to drivers while also contributing to the team’s commercial and business endeavours.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the new role, Kanaan stated: “I had said that I wasn’t going to leave racing or the IndyCar Series, so I’m very excited to join the McLaren team in this role.” 

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He commended Zak Brown, McLaren Racing CEO, and Gavin Ward, racing director, for their vision and expressed his commitment to helping the team reach its goals. 

Kanaan aims to contribute to the team’s success and further enhance both the team and the series as a whole.

Kanaan’s vast experience in the sport, including his remarkable victory at the Indianapolis 500, positions him as an invaluable asset in mentoring and guiding the younger drivers on the McLaren team. 

His expertise and insight will undoubtedly provide them with valuable knowledge and guidance as they navigate the competitive world of IndyCar racing.

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In addition to his role as a driver mentor, Kanaan will also play a vital role in the commercial and business aspects of the team. 

Drawing from his extensive network and industry experience, he will contribute to the team’s overall growth and development, leveraging his expertise to explore new opportunities and partnerships.

McLaren’s decision to appoint Kanaan as a special advisor demonstrates their commitment to harnessing the wisdom and experience of seasoned professionals to elevate the performance and success of their IndyCar team. 

By integrating Kanaan’s guidance and expertise into their operations, McLaren aims to strengthen their position as a leading force in the IndyCar series.

The Brazilian driver’s appointment aligns with McLaren’s long-term vision for their IndyCar team, as they strive to continuously improve and achieve new milestones. 

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With Kanaan’s support, the team aims to enhance their on-track performance and elevate their standing in the series, while also focusing on creating a more engaging and dynamic fan experience.

As Kanaan embarks on this new chapter in his career, his presence and influence within the McLaren team are expected to bring a fresh perspective and contribute to their overall success. 

With his passion for the sport and dedication to its growth, Kanaan’s appointment as a special advisor represents a significant step for McLaren and the IndyCar community as they work towards an exciting future.