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Arrow McLaren terminates Juncos IndyCar alliance after social media controversy

Arrow McLaren has terminated its IndyCar commercial alliance with Juncos Hollinger Racing with immediate effect, following the social media furore sparked by Theo Pourchaire and Agustin Canapino.

Theo Pourchaire, Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, Agustin Canapino, Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet

The decision comes in the wake of Arrow McLaren’s rookie Pourchaire being the subject of online abuse after colliding with Juncos Hollinger Racing’s Agustin Canapino in Turn 3 of lap 60 of last weekend’s Detroit Grand Prix.

It was the third such incident over the past 14 months as Callum Ilott, Canapino’s team-mate last year at JHR, drew the ire of Canapino’s Argentine fans after the two had clashes at Long Beach and then Laguna Seca.

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Ilott and JHR parted ways over the offseason as the Briton committed to a full season in the World Endurance Championship while also splitting time with Pourchaire in the #6 machine earlier this season in IndyCar, including the Indianapolis 500.

Both organisations, which announced an alliance in October, sent out a joint statement condemning the threats on Monday evening.

Shortly after, Canapino’s own social media account ‘liked’ a post on X by Martin Ponte, an Argentinian racing driver and commentator on IndyCar races in Latin America, in which Ponte reposted the words “Callum Pourchaire” to Pourchaire’s social media statement concerning the threats.

Canapino’s account has since ‘unliked’ the post but has ‘liked’ multiple responses to Ponte’s post, including one by @yungg_02, who wrote: “Come on friend, there I kill someone who is on another continent when I barely have enough time to leave the province.”

Agustin Canapino, Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet

Agustin Canapino, Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet

Photo by: Brett Farmer / Motorsport Images

A full statement from Canapino was shared on Tuesday morning, which rejected the claims made against his Argentine fanbase.

On Thursday morning, Arrow McLaren confirmed the split from JHR in a statement that read: “Arrow McLaren IndyCar Team has terminated its commercial alliance with Juncos Hollinger Racing, effective immediately.

“This decision follows actions that occurred earlier this week on social media in regards to an on-track incident at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

“As reflected in the team’s social media community code, Arrow McLaren will not tolerate any form of abuse or discrimination and totally condemns the online abuse directed toward our team and driver.”

Juncos responded with a message of its own, stating it retains its “upmost respect” for McLaren.

 

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