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McLaren Factory Drivers Set for Indy 8H Effort

New GT team to tackle Indianapolis 8 Hour with all-factory McLaren lineup…

Photo: Crucial Motorsports

McLaren factory drivers Ben Barnicoat, Rob Bell and Paul Holton are set to take on next weekend’s Indianapolis 8 Hour in a McLaren 720S GT3 entered by Orlando-based dyno tuning shop Crucial Motorsports.

Announced on Wednesday, the trio will compete for overall honors in the joint Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS and Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli round with the ex-Compass Racing McLaren that Holton drove in 2019-20.

Holton serves as the team manager and Chief Operating Officer alongside team co-owner and operations director Aaron Nash.

“I’ve been ready to do this for a while now,” said Nash. “It’s been a lot of preparation to be ready for this first event of ours, especially with it being the SRO’s big one here in the States.

“I’m looking forward to a fun outing with the guys and a competitive showing come Sunday.”

Holton added: “I am excited to get back behind the wheel again in the 720S GT3, and to be in such a competitive race for our first outing will be a treat.”

The Crucial entry is expected to be one of two GT3-spec McLarens in the 40-plus car field for the race, joining the Pro-Am-entered Inception Racing car.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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