Mercedes has also indicated that it might look at competing in other categories in future. McLaren has already set up a new full-time IndyCar team in 2020 in association with Schmidt-Peterson Racing, having previously partnered with Andretti Autosport to field an entry for Fernando Alonso on two prior occasions.

Like all motorsport around the world, the start of IndyCar’s 2020 season has been delayed due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The initial race at St Petersberg was called off just hours before qualifying was due to start in March, and the Indy 500 was subsequently postponed from May until August 23.

But now the series is finally set to get underway with the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway this evening.

“Everyone is excited to try to turn the page and get back to the racetrack,” said British driver Jack Harvey who competes for the Meyer Shank Racing team.

“At the end of the day, we’re here to race. We want to do the best we can. I’m excited, probably more excited now than how we felt in St. Pete in a lot of ways.

“We want to get to the season and want to try to win, especially since it’s been so long,” added Harvey, who will be starting his first full-time season in four years.

“If we weren’t at Texas and everybody else was, we’d probably be sat in the corner sulking. So the positivity of it all is that we’re just grateful to still be there having the headache of how we’re going to approach this weekend and what does a good weekend look like.”

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