A driver’s dream has finally arrived in Indianapolis: Lewis Hamilton is set to race in this year’s Indianapolis 500.
The German driver, who is in the midst of a five-year contract with McLaren, announced the news via social media on Monday.
“To be a part of IndyCar for the fifth time in five years and for the first time with a brand new car is a dream come true,” Hamilton said.
“I have a wonderful team and a fantastic team behind me that is capable of delivering to the fans everything they need and more.”
Hamilton is set for the race in a McLaren P1 and the team is hoping that his new deal with the McLaren Group will allow him to return to the sport.
McLaren’s Sebastian Vettel, who has been a driver for the company since 2007, has been competing in the IndyCar Series since 2015 and has qualified as the winner of the race twice, once in 2016 and again in 2017.
Hamilton has been racing in IndyCar since 2007 but has been unable to make it to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the event due to injury.
He returned in 2020 but suffered a broken collarbone, which kept him out of the Indy 500 for the entirety of the season.
In 2018, Hamilton qualified in fifth place after a race in which he was involved in a collision with a car, which ended his season.