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2021 Indy 200 Arrow McLaren SP Race Report

#5: Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Mid-Ohio

Date: Sunday, July 4th

Round: 10/17

Race laps: 80 laps

Total race distance: 180.64 miles/290.71 km

Length: 2.25 miles/3.63 km

Number of turns: 13

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 20th
Finishing Position: 8th
Championship: 2nd, 345 points

“Eighth place is a lot better than where we started in 20th. We had a great start and then just kind of got stuck there. I didn’t have much more pace than the guys in front of me so it was really tough to get by. I think the team did a good job saving points for the championship. We were able to keep ourselves in second place but we need make our way back into the fight for first. Palou has been very strong but we have six more chances. I’m sure I’m going to claw my way back to the front.” 

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 13th
Finishing Position: 23rd
Championship: 25th, 94 points

“It was another tough day, getting spun out in the first corner. I was kind of avoiding the guys in front of me spinning and I think someone went into my rear and broke the right-rear suspension. I limped back to pit lane but the car was really damaged in the floor and suspension. The No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP team did a really good job to fix it but we didn’t have anything being a lap down. Tough day, really thought we would get a break, but we will be ready to get them in Nashville.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Today was okay. Certainly very disappointed again in the result of the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. What a string of bad luck there to start the race; get hit and then be in recovery mode from there on out. Certainly it isn’t from a lack of trying or effort. Everybody on that side is doing a really good job trying to claw out of this hole. We will get there and obviously use the break to evaluate anything there to make that better.

From Pato and the No. 5 side, it was just a long race with a lot of yellows in the beginning, but nothing that was going to help us from a strategy perspective. We had to rely on in and out laps and pit stops, all the traditional things to get you to move to the front. The boys in the pit lane and Pato did a good job and we pretty much maximized what today was going to give us. So eighth, good points not great points but points nonetheless.

We will take the break to evaluate where we are at to see where we are weak and strong and try to sure up those areas to have a strong package to push at the end of the season.”

2021 Indy 200 Arrow McLaren SP Practice & Qualifying Report

Mid-Ohio

Date: Sunday, July 4th

Round: 10/17

Race laps: 80 laps

Total race distance: 180.64 miles/290.71 km

Length: 2.25 miles/3.63 km

Number of turns: 13

Remaining session start times: 

  • Green Flag: Sunday, 12:00 – 1:45 p.m. ET

TUNE IN:

  • Sunday, 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 2: 10th, 1:06.6815
Qualifying:Round 1, Group 1: 7th, 1:06.7898
Starting Position: 13th
Practice 3: 22nd, 1:09.3263 

“The Arrow McLaren SP cars definitely have potential but we still have some work to do for tomorrow. I was just on the edge of getting into the Fast 12 in qualifying but we missed it by one position. Pato seems to be pretty happy with his car so we will work with him tonight to make the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet faster for the race tomorrow. We will come back stronger and I’m excited for the race.”

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 2: 1st, 1:06.0911
Qualifying :Round 1, Group 2: 10th, 1:06.8679
Starting Position: 20th
Practice 3: 11th, 1:08.5673 

“We have a fast car, so tomorrow we are going to have fun passing cars. I think we can really attack and make our way forward. We might need help with yellows to kind of make the pack tight again. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. Arrow McLaren SP has what it takes to make some moves in the race.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“The Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets are good cars but we just didn’t do the best job in qualifying to maximize their potential. Unfortunately, we are starting toward the back of the pack but I know that we can get both cars to the front. It’s going to be difficult but we are going to give it our best shot with strategy and driving. It should be an exciting race tomorrow at Mid-Ohio, that’s for sure.”

2021 Indy 200 Arrow McLaren SP Practice Report

Mid-Ohio

Date: Sunday, July 4th

Round: 10/17

Race laps: 80 laps

Total race distance: 180.64 miles/290.71 km

Length: 2.25 miles/3.63 km

Number of turns: 13

Remaining session start times: 

  • Practice 2: Saturday, 9:05 – 9:50 a.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 12:00 – 1:10 p.m. ET 
  • Final Practice : Saturday, 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 12:00 – 1:45 p.m. ET

TUNE IN:

  • Sunday, 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 2nd, 1:07.505
Total Laps: 15 
“I was very happy with the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet today. It is in the window and rolled off the truck strong. It was a very messy session. I was very surprised we got just one clean lap in, but that was good enough to roll up to the top. We just need to keep working on it and getting it ready for qualifying. I think we have a shot at starting on the front row.”

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 13th, 1:08.026
Total Laps: 18 
“It feels good to be back in the car. It felt fine, no big pain or anything. It’s good fun to be back at Mid-Ohio. It is kind of slippery out there and we had a little spin but I think the session went well. The car seems pretty fast, so on to more practice and qualifying tomorrow. Glad to be back and focused forward.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Today was a good day. It is good to be back here at Mid-Ohio and to have Felix back. Both cars rolled off in a happy window so Felix was able to go out and knock the rust off to get up to speed pretty quickly. Likewise with Pato, just running one set of tires in this practice was able to get up to speed quickly and identify how to improve the car. A good first practice and certainly some room for improvement, but we are in a good window. So we are excited to see what tomorrow brings.”

2021 Indy 200 – Arrow McLaren SP Preview

2021 Indy 200

Arrow McLaren SP Race Preview

Mid-Ohio

Date: Sunday, July 4th

Round: 10/17

Race laps: 80 laps

Total race distance: 180.64 miles/290.71 km

Length: 2.25 miles/3.63 km

Number of turns: 13

Session start times: 

  • Practice 1Friday, 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. ET
  • Practice 2: Saturday, 9:05 – 9:50 a.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 12:00 – 1:10 p.m. ET 
  • Final Practice : Saturday, 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 12:00 – 1:45 p.m. ET

TUNE IN: 

  • Sunday, 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“We are looking forward to taking the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship fight to Mid-Ohio. It’s a track that always produces some great racing so it should be a fun weekend! I’m really happy to have my teammate back and can’t wait to see Felix return to racing. Let’s see what Arrow McLaren SP can do at Mid-Ohio.”

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“I’m thrilled to be back racing this weekend at Mid-Ohio. I have been so well taken care of after the accident and I would like to thank Dr. Billows and the entire INDYCAR Medical Team for their professionalism in getting me back in racing shape. I am fully ready to get out there and push to the limit again, and I really can’t wait!”

Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP

“The entire team is happy to have Felix back for Mid-Ohio. I want to thank the INDYCAR Medical Team for helping us make sure he is back to 100 percent and ready to race. This is always a great track to race at, close to our home base in Indianapolis and featuring some of the best fans on the schedule. This is an important weekend for Arrow McLaren SP, as Pato looks to score important championship points and Felix looks to have a strong return. Looking forward to it.”

Update from Arrow McLaren SP

Update from Arrow McLaren SP: 

Felix Rosenqvist has been cleared to drive by the INDYCAR Medical Team and will return to pilot the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet this weekend for the Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. 

Felix and Arrow McLaren SP would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Billows and the INDYCAR Medical Team for the exceptional care and treatment they have provided. 

The Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will take place on Sunday, July 4th at 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

2021 REV Group Grand Prix Arrow McLaren SP Race Report

#5: Pato OíWard, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Road America Date: Sunday, June 20th 
Round: 9/17 
Race laps: 55 laps 
Total race distance: 220.55 miles/ 354.94 km 
Length: 4 miles/ 6.43 km 
Number of turns: 14
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 10th
Finishing Position: 9th
Championship: 2nd, 321 points 
“We struggled with the pace all weekend. We struggled in practice, didn’t have a great qualifying and then ended the race further back than we wanted to be. It is what it is; there are going to be weekends like that, but we can’t have any more of those. We’ve already had some tough weekends and the guys we’re fighting in the championship haven’t. We need to get better and improve. We will work hard over the next two weeks and come back stronger in Mid-Ohio.”

Kevin Magnussen – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 21st
Finishing Position: 24th 
Championship: 39th, 7 points 
“All-in-all this weekend has been a fun experience. I’m very thankful to Arrow McLaren SP for the opportunity. I want to wish Felix a speedy recovery and to be back where he should be in the car. I’m going to leave here with a big smile on my face although we didn’t finish the race due to a mechanical issue. I’ve had a very fun experience and want to say thank you to everyone involved.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Yeah, it was tough. That’s a good word for it. It was another disappointing result for the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, so have to figure out what’s going on there and make some changes to put ourselves in a good position for the second half of the season to try and collect points. For Pato, the strategy was a bit aggressive and the way the cautions fell, everyone fell into a fuel-save mode. Which for us, with our current package, is a struggle. We just kind of hung on, got the fuel number and ultimately finished ninth. We have a break here coming up, so we will try to make the package better and capitalize in the second half of the season.”

2021 REV Group Grand Prix Arrow McLaren SP Practice Qualifying Report

#7: Kevin Magnussen, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Road America

Date: Sunday, June 20th

Round: 9/17

Race laps: 55 laps

Total race distance: 220.55 miles/ 354.94 km

Length: 4 miles/ 6.43 km

Number of turns: 14

Remaining Session start times:  

  • Green Flag : Sunday, 12:40 – 2:45 p.m. ET

TUNE IN:

  • Sunday, 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 2: 7th, 1:45.8705
Qualifying:
Round 1, Group 2: 4th, 1:45.7681
Round 2: 10th, 1:46.1069
Race Starting Position: 10th
Practice 3: 10th, 1:48.6691 
“We qualified 10th and haven’t been in the window to extract everything out of the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. This has been tough, as the track has been evolving and changing. We didn’t roll off the truck as strong as we wanted to so we have been working on the car changing things, and I don’t think we’ve found the solution yet. Hopefully we can get it figured out overnight and have a good race tomorrow. I think there might be some rain coming in which could add a cool twist to the race, because we are kind of in a situation where it might help us. We will see what we have tomorrow.”

Kevin Magnussen – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 2: 20th, 1:46.9516
Qualifying:
Round 1, Group 1: 11th, 1:47.7886
Race Starting Position: 21st
Practice 3: 20th, 1:50.3183 
“First qualifying done in INDYCAR. It didn’t really go as well as I’d hoped for but I think it’s hard to have too high of expectations when you have less than 20 laps in the car before qualifying. I think there’s a few things to look at for tomorrow and hopefully I can find some more speed and do some fighting in the race.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“It was a long day, it was a tough day. I think this is the most practice that we’ve had all season so there’s a lot of opportunity to make the cars better or worse depending on what changes we make. It’s all about maximizing the day and we didn’t quite do that today. I think we left some on the table in qualifying, a couple mistakes here and there cost us a couple tenths which unfortunately is a lot in this series. So, a lot of work to do tomorrow no doubt, but we’ll make it better overnight and try to maximize tomorrow for Arrow McLaren SP.”

2021 REV Group Grand Prix – Practice Report

#5: Pato OíWard, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Road America Date: Sunday, June 20th 
Round: 9/17 
Race laps: 55 laps 
Total race distance: 220.55 miles/ 354.94 km 
Length: 4 miles/ 6.43 km 
Number of turns: 14 
Remaining Session start times: 
Practice 2: Saturday, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. ET
Qualifying: Saturday, 2:30 – 3:40 p.m. ET
Practice 3: Saturday, 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET 
Green Flag : Sunday, 12:40 – 2:45 p.m. ET
TUNE IN:Sunday, 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 11th, 1:48.4251
Total Laps: 
“Just got done here with day one of the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America. It was hot out there today and the weather is definitely going to be different tomorrow. I think the atmosphere temps will be at least 20 degrees cooler. So we will need to see what that does to the track. We’ve got some work to do. The car wasn’t really in the window, so we will get to work right now and see what we have tomorrow for qualifying.”

Kevin Magnussen – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 23rd, 1:50.4921
Total Laps: 14 
“Today was a lot to take in. I took it step-by-step and it was fun. It’s a wild beast, heavy in the steering wheel and it’s got a bit of turbo lag. It’s very, very different to anything I have ever driven. So, it was a great experience and I can’t wait for tomorrow. I want to thank everyone at Arrow McLaren SP and Chevrolet for helping to get me up to speed.” 
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Kevin Magnussen did a really good job today just methodically working up to speed. I think there are things we can do to help him out in the car, but otherwise it was a good session for him and we have some time to work on it tonight. He can sleep on it tonight and we can come with some new ideas for tomorrow. He’s got two sessions tomorrow to get accustomed to the car. For Pato, I think the car is decent. It’s a little too on edge right now, but we’re not trying to chase the track temps right now because we are going to have a totally different day tomorrow with ambient and track temperatures. All-in-all a good first day, a clean day, which is good. We will see what we got tomorrow.”

2021 REV Group Grand Prix Grand Prix Arrow McLaren SP Race Preview

#5: Pato OíWard, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Road America Date: Sunday, June 20th 
Round: 9/17 
Race laps: 55 laps 
Total race distance: 220.55 miles/ 354.94 km 
Length: 4 miles/ 6.43 km 
Number of turns: 14 
Session start times: 
Practice 1: Friday, 5:00 – 5:54 p.m. ET
Practice 2: Saturday, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. ET
Qualifying: Saturday, 2:30 – 3:40 p.m. ET 
Green Flag : Sunday, 12:40 – 2:45 p.m. ET
TUNE IN:Sunday, 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“Excited to get back to Road America after a great weekend in Detroit. Obviously, I’ve got some pretty good memories from there, battling my now teammate Felix Rosenqvist; didn’t quite win it but I was darn close. So hopefully we’ll have a good weekend this weekend and it’d be great to go one step better on the podium. It’s a track that I enjoy, it’s very fast and requires a lot of commitment. We should be strong so I’m looking forward to it.”

Kevin Magnussen – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“I can’t wait to make my NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut this weekend in the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. I want to send well wishes to Felix Rosenqvist, who is continuing to recover after a hard crash in Detroit. It will be a big challenge to go straight into a race having never driven an Indy car before but I couldn’t say no to this opportunity. INDYCAR has some of the best racing in the world and I’m excited to be a part of it. Road America is a beautiful course and this will be my first time racing there, so I’m looking forward to that as well.” 
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“We are headed back to Road America after a quick turnaround following the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. Road America is one of the iconic road courses in North America, so any chance we get to race here, we are always very thankful for. We have had good results here in the past and we are looking for another one here this weekend. Certainly, with Pato, to continue to stay in the hunt for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship but also we are going to work very hard to get Kevin up to speed and show what he can do in INDYCAR. All things considered, there is a lot on the table this weekend and Arrow McLaren SP is looking forward to the challenge.

Arrow McLaren SP & McLaren Racing announce multi-year technical partnership with energy-efficient blockchain network Tezos

June 17, 2021 

Arrow McLaren SP, and McLaren Racing, have selected Tezos, the world’s most advanced blockchain, to become the teams’ Official Blockchain Partner in a new multi-year technical partnership across INDYCAR, Formula 1 and esports. McLaren Racing will use the energy efficient and upgradeable Tezos network to create a non-fungible token (NFT) platform with fan experience at the heart. 


Tezos, an open source blockchain for assets and applications, is a continuously evolving blockchain that upgrades itself through efficient on-chain governance. McLaren will build a dedicated platform that brings its illustrious racing heritage and renowned lineup of drivers across multiple teams and series to offer an unrivalled NFT fan experience. 


For Tezos, Arrow McLaren SP and McLaren Racing, sustainability through innovation is key. Embracing clean NFTs and energy-efficient networks ensures that the impact of this new medium to share creative expression is not offset by unnecessarily high energy consumption. Unlike traditional Proof of Work blockchains, Tezos’s pioneering Proof of Stake mechanism is a significantly more energy-efficient approach to securing its network, using two million times less energy than Proof of Work networks like Bitcoin and Ethereum. This allows Tezos to operate cleanly, with minimal energy consumption and a negligible carbon footprint. 


As part of the partnership, the Tezos brand will be represented across the Arrow McLaren SP and McLaren Formula 1 teams, including on the race suits of AMSP drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist, and McLaren F1 drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Tezos will also be presenting partner of the McLaren Shadow esports team.

Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP said: 

“The partnership between Tezos, Arrow McLaren SP and McLaren Racing shows our continued effort to be a leader within motorsport when it comes to innovation and fan engagement. Tezos is a partner that will allow both teams to continue to elevate the fan experience in both INDYCAR and Formula 1, while also bringing Arrow McLaren SP into a new and emerging space.” 

Lindsey Eckhouse, Director, ecommerce and esports, McLaren Racing said: 

“Tezos and McLaren Racing uniting to create a unique fan-focused NFT platform is an innovative step in an exciting and rapidly developing industry. At McLaren we are known for putting fans at the heart of everything we do, and this is another partnership which allows us to enter a space where fans can own key pieces of our team. We are looking forward to launching the platform with Tezos to create bespoke NFTs with our Formula 1, INDYCAR and esports teams.” 

Hubertus Thonhauser, Chair, Tezos Foundation said: 

“McLaren Racing has one of the longest and most illustrious legacies in racing, and we are excited that they have chosen to bring it to the Tezos blockchain through their NFT Fan engagement platform. The concept of blockchain is evolving, becoming faster, more secure, and more efficient. This requires a blockchain that can keep up with this rapid pace of innovation. As brands everywhere look to engage with their fans in new ways, Tezos, the original and fastest evolving blockchain, remains at the forefront of innovation, providing real-world solutions in a thriving and fast growing ecosystem.”  

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