Former AMSP team boss Taylor Keel resigned this week and is expected to take up a similar role at Chip Ganassi Racing once the no-competition clause expires. It is understood, however, that he will not be replaced directly within the team, which next year will expand to three cars, with Alexander Rossi joining Pato Award and Felix Rosenqvist.
Instead, Motorsport.com has learned that McLaren CEO Zach Brown is balancing his options from various senior staff within the organization and, as written here yesterday, has appointed former chief of race operations and race director for IndyCar, Brian Barnhart.
Barnhart has served this season as Rossi’s chief strategist at Andretti Autosport, and it is understood that he will reprise his role with Rossi in 2023 but alongside a managerial duty within AMSP.
The rest of AMSP managers will come at this level from within. As revealed here yesterday, Billy Vincent, the team’s current director of competitions as well as strategy liaison at Rosenqvist, is part of the mix, while Gavin Ward (the head coach who joined from Penske’s team in the last off-season) is understood to be some time ago. Long performance director Nick Snyder, and multi-talented Max Nero are also in line with changing job descriptions. Many, if not all, of the above will be part of the AMSP delegation traveling to the McLaren Technology Center in Woking, Surrey, UK next week.
While priority is given to this realigned management structure and the arrangement of three full-time crews for 2023, AMSP is known to be very interested in running ASAR ace Kyle Busch at the Indianapolis 500 next year. Cup champion Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota) will leave for Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet) in 2023, which means he won’t need to overcome the manufacturer hurdle faced by his then Chevy-backed brother Kurt Bosch when racing Andretti Autosport-Honda to sixth. at the 2014 Indy 500.
Busch, who has 224 NASCAR wins — 60 Cup, 102 Xfinity, 62 Truck — was not allowed under his contract with JGR to continue his IndyCar journey, but Childress has put no such barriers in place.
Asked about the matter on the day he announced his RCR, Bush replied, “That’s in the deal. I made sure he was in the deal. I can run.” [Indy] If I want to run it. So, by all means, any IndyCar team from Chevrolet called me. ”
When asked if his wife, Samantha, would agree to such a plan, Bush replied, “She didn’t say no. The last person to say no was my former boss.” [Gibbs]. ”
In addition to ensuring that its infrastructure is sufficient to garner a solid fourth entry for the 500, AMSP will also likely expect to make Bosch and his backers financially viable for the campaign, rather than relying on the team to pool sponsorship for its car.