The key signing taking McLaren to the next level in IndyCar

The key signing taking McLaren to the next level in IndyCar

The former Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team hasn't just rebranded for 2020. The whole team has been revamped, and one key signing has the pedigree to make it a success

In motorsport's silly season - that cycle of rumour, gossip and seat-swapping that afflicts every series from mid-summer, and can extend through to January or February the following year - generally the "big-name signings" are drivers. They're the guys or girls who are most famous because they get 90 percent of the glory after a race win or championship.

Yet in IndyCar racing, there is an exclusive club of top-ranked engineers who have the history and track record that prove they too make a huge difference. Just as there are drivers who can find the three-or-four tenths of a second that turn a midfield team into a regular podium contender, or a podium-contending team into a regular winner, so too there are engineers who can provide a racing group with that crucial boost.

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