Another NTT IndyCar Series team has announced its full lineup for the 2024 season as Arrow McLaren has signed 21-year-old David Malukas to a multi-year contract.
Malukas is finishing up the 2023 season with Dale Coyne Racing.
“David is an up and comer in the NTT IndyCar Series and based on what we’ve seen from him so far in his first two seasons, I’m confident there’s a lot of talent we can extract from him through the resources we have at Arrow McLaren,” McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said. “Beyond what he can do on a racetrack, he’s got a great personality and we’re excited to welcome him to the McLaren Racing family.”
The 21-year-old Lithuanian American driver is one of the youngest in the paddock and has shown speed and potential over his first two seasons in the series with two podium finishes for Dale Coyne Racing with HMD.
Malukas, a multi-time karting champion, came to the NTT IndyCar Series through Indy NXT, where he finished second in 2021 with a series record of 16 podiums.
“I can’t wait to race in papaya next season,” Malukas said. “Arrow McLaren has been a threat to the top contenders all season long, and I’m excited join the team and see what their Chevrolets can do. Pato and Alexander both know what it takes to win, so it will be fun racing alongside them and learning from them as well.”
Malukas will join Arrow McLaren drivers Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi in the team’s three-car lineup and will race the No. 6 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet for team partners NTT DATA, onsemi and SmartStop.
“We’ve been extremely impressed with how quickly David has gotten up to speed in the NTT IndyCar Series,” said Gavin Ward, Racing Director, Arrow McLaren. “At 21, he’s already one of the strongest oval racers in the field and his competitiveness on road and street courses has been steadily improving. That speed combined with an excellent attitude and work ethic makes us thrilled to have him join the team.”