David Malukas has signed a multiyear deal with Arrow McLaren, taking the seat that was initially intended for Alex Palou. Palou decided to stay at Chip Ganassi Racing, leaving the seat open for Malukas. The 21-year-old driver is currently in his second season at Dale Coyne Racing with HMD. He has achieved two podium finishes, both at World Wide Technology Raceway. Malukas was the runner-up in this year’s Indy NXT Series.
Malukas expressed his excitement about joining Arrow McLaren, stating that he cannot wait to race in papaya next season. He will be paired with Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi, both of whom have a strong track record in IndyCar. Malukas is looking forward to racing alongside them and learning from their experience.
Gavin Ward, the racing director at Arrow McLaren, spoke highly of Malukas, highlighting his quick adaptation to the NTT IndyCar Series. Ward mentioned that Malukas is already one of the strongest oval racers in the field and has been steadily improving on road and street courses. The team is thrilled to have him on board due to his speed, positive attitude, and strong work ethic.
Malukas will be replacing Felix Rosenqvist, who has been announced to be joining Meyer Shank Racing next year. McLaren had initially expected Palou to join their team but filed a lawsuit against him after he decided to stay at Ganassi. Despite the situation, McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown believes that Malukas has a lot of talent to offer and is confident in their ability to develop his skills within the McLaren Racing family.