McLaren release statement as Theo Pourchaire receives death threats after IndyCar crash

By | June 4, 2024

McLaren release statement as Theo Pourchaire receives death threats after IndyCar crash

On lap 60 of the chaotic IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix, Arrow McLaren driver Théo Pourchaire and Argentine racer Agustín Canapino made contact on a restart. Now, Pourchaire — only in his third race — has admitted to receiving “so much hate and death threats” as a result.

Pourchaire, current reserve driver for the Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber, is set to drive the No. 6 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet throughout the rest of the IndyCar season after the car’s original driver, David Malukas, suffered a wrist injury that ended his 2024 campaign. It’s been a trial by fire for the French racer, and a run-in with No. 78 Juncos Hollinger racer Agustín Canapino, hasn’t helped.

During a restart, Pourchaire dove late into the tricky Turn 3, while Canapino assumed he’d be free to tuck in behind the No. 60 of Hélio Castroneves. Both cars ended up at the same point in the corner at the same time in what was ultimately a racing accident — albeit quite a silly one.

Little was made of the contact during the NBC broadcast, but on social media on Monday evening, Arrow McLaren was forced to issue a post on X pleading, “Arrow McLaren and @juncoshollinger will not tolerate any form of abuse or discrimination. Those participating in such actions are not welcome in our online community.”

Théo Pourchaire soon quoted the post to add, “I’m sad I received so much hate and death threats in the last 24 hours for such a small incident in the Detroit GP. I hope people can understand that we are all humans and we can make mistakes. But it’s not normal to abuse people online.. Please be kind to each other,” followed by two emojis.

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