Possible David Malukas IndyCar landing spots: No. 2 – Arrow McLaren
You simply cannot talk about a young driver looking for a new home in IndyCar without mentioning Arrow McLaren, which made it their apparent goal last year to sign every young driver under the sun in some way, shape, or form.
With Felix Rosenqvist’s contract up after the 2023 season and him having not exactly performed to the expectations of the team so far this year, it is entirely possible that there will be a new driver behind the wheel of the No. 6 Chevrolet in 2024.
Alex Palou had obviously been linked to this seat, given his ties to McLaren, but that isn’t going to happen, meaning that Arrow McLaren suddenly have an in-demand seat for which they can sign almost anbody available.
Arrow McLaren also know they want to expand to four cars in 2025 when they take over Andretti Autosport’s Indianapolis headquarters, and putting Palou in the third car as a “stop gap” move before a transition to Formula 1 would have left the team needing to bring in two new drivers in 2025 in what probably wouldn’t have been as stacked of a free agent market.
So in a way, Palou not making the move could be a good thing. Their best bet is to sign somebody whom they believe can be a long-term contender alongside Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi, and Malukas might just be him.