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McLaren ends Juncos Hollinger alliance after social media row · RaceFans

Agustin Canapino, IndyCar, Detroit, 2024

McLaren has ended its relationship with IndyCar rival Juncos Hollinger “with immediate effect” following a social media row involving their drivers.

Juncos Hollinger driver Agustin Canapino cast doubt on claims made by McLaren’s Theo Pourchaire about abuse he received on social media following their collision in Sunday’s Detroit Grand Prix.

Pourchaire collided with Canapino at a restart while the Juncos Hollinger driver was running sixth. Canapino’s supporters have previously been accused of making abusive comments about other drivers on social media and Pourchaire claimed on Monday he received “so much hate and death threats in the last 24 hours for such a small incident.”

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown, who oversees their IndyCar operation, said in a post on Tuesday the reaction was “sad and pathetic”.

Canapino drew criticism over his response two days ago, when he cast doubt on Pourchaire’s claims.

“We Argentines are passionate and euphoric, but that doesn’t mean we should be accused of something we are not,” he wrote. “Therefore, I strongly reject being generalised and placed in a category we don’t deserve.

“I have not seen a single death threat directed at those who claim to have received them. From last year to today, no one in their right mind would do such a thing. It’s outrageous to be accused of this so lightly, and I won’t allow it anymore. If anyone did this, they are not part of us, and we don’t deserve to be consider this way because of some misfit we strongly reject.”

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Canapino added he “constantly receives abuse and hate” but had “learned to live with it as many people do, choosing to ignore it. There’s nothing sadder and more miserable than hiding behind social media to insult others.” The driver was also accused by some of endorsing posts written by others attacking Pourchaire.

In a statement today McLaren said it 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,” it added.

Juncos Hollinger released its own statement simultaneously, saying “as of today, our strategic partnership with Arrow McLaren has come to a conclusion.

“We appreciate the time spent with McLaren over past months. They are a world class organisation which…

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