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Askew withdraws from INDYCAR Harvest Grand Prix

Arrow McLaren SP driver Oliver Askew will withdraw from the INDYCAR Harvest Grand Prix, after being declared not fit to drive by the INDYCAR Medical Team.

Following the INDYCAR race at Mid-Ohio, Oliver reported a balance and coordination issue, which triggered an examination from the INDYCAR Medical Team. As a result, Oliver is not medically cleared to race and is subject to INDYCAR’s Return to Racing Protocol.

“This was an incredibly tough call but I have to follow the advice of the INDYCAR Medical Team and my doctors. My priority right now is focusing on my health,” Askew said. “Despite not being in the car, I will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Harvest GP, giving whatever insight and support to Arrow McLaren SP that I can.”

Askew will be replaced in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet by Helio Castroneves for the upcoming doubleheader Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

“The welfare of Oliver, our team members and fellow competitors is paramount,” said Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt.

“We therefore support Oliver and the decision of INDYCAR. Withdrawing to focus on his health and recovery is the right thing to do.”

Helio will join Pato O’Ward, driver of the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, to complete the team’s driver lineup in Indianapolis.

“First and foremost, we wish Oliver the best and that he is able to take time to recover,” said Helio. “I look forward to getting back on track and helping to build on the great progress that Arrow McLaren SP has made this year.”

Arrow McLaren SP returns to action at the Harvest GP, a doubleheader of races on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The races will take place on Friday, October 2nd at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network and Saturday, October 3rd at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. 

Indy 200s at Mid-Ohio Race Two – Race Report

|Photographer: Taylor Robbins|Event: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio|Circuit: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course|Location: Lexington, Ohio|Series: NTT IndyCar Series|Country: United States|Session: race|Season: 2020|Team: Arrow McLaren SP|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Car: Chevrolet|Number: 5|Driver: Patricio O’Ward|
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Qualified: 21st, No Time
Started: 21st
Finished: 9th
“We started 21st and made our way up a few places at the start, but then everything kind of went sideways from there. We came into the pits for the first stop and guys were getting released, which put us into a position where we couldn’t turn into the box quite as tight as we wanted to. This meant the fuel probe couldn’t quite connect and we couldn’t get fuel into the car. This led to us having to go all the way to the back and pit for more fuel. We had to make everything up on track after that. We had such strong pace and I truly think if we had started up front, we would have been better. I made a very stupid mistake in qualifying that really put us on the back foot and I tried to earn back as much as I could today by giving it everything I had. At the end of the day, a top 10 finish isn’t bad from where we started.”Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Qualified: 14th, 1:33.4681
Started: 14th
Finished: 15th
“The No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP team made good progress during the weekend. Today was the first time I had to fuel save this year, which was an adjustment, but I felt like I gave it my all. Looking forward to getting back to the Indianapolis Road Course, where we qualified in the Fast Six earlier this year. I think the entire team has a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to capitalizing on that.” 

Taylor Kiel
Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP

“Oliver had a decent qualifying effort so he was able to stay in the middle of the pack the whole race and hold position. Pato qualified in the back and made it pretty hard for himself but he had a really good start and we gained six positions, putting ourselves back in the game. The strategy was coming to us for the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet but on the first stop, we didn’t get into our box well enough. There was a lot of traffic going on and he didn’t hit his marks like we needed him to, so we couldn’t plug the fuel in. That cost us a lot but nonetheless, we went back to the back and made our way ultimately to P9. I’m really proud of the toughness that was on display today from both the drivers and the entire team, to make the most out of a really tough weekend.”
Gil de Ferran
Sporting Director, McLaren Racing

“When you consider where we started, particularly with Pato, finishing in the top 10 is a really strong result. Especially because we had some traffic in the pit lane which delayed our first stop and dropped us to the back of the pack again after a strong start. When you take that into account, to come home with a top 10 result, it was a positive day. Oliver had a better day today as well but he struggled a little bit this weekend. As we leave here, there’s some work that we need to do after this weekend. Do some analysis and some digging to understand where we can improve, and hopefully finish the year on a strong note.” 

Indy 200s at Mid-Ohio Race One – Race Report

|Photographer: Taylor Robbins|Event: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio|Circuit: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course|Location: Lexington, Ohio|Series: NTT IndyCar Series|Country: United States|Session: FP1|Season: 2020|Team: Arrow McLaren SP|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Car: Chevrolet|Number: 5|Driver: Patricio O’Ward|
 Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP ChevroletQualified: 15th, 1:07.0354Started: 15thFinished: 11th 
“Yeah, we had a really messy day today. Not starting toward the front doesn’t make your life any easier. We had some clutch issues in the pits which caused us to stall. That made it really difficult for us to get out of the box. We made up as much time as we could on track. We were very fast and I think the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was one of the best cars out there. We just didn’t quite perfect the little things that get you to the front today. We will work on that for tomorrow and we should have a good race.”Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP ChevroletQualified: 16th, 1:07.6211Started: 16thFinished: 19th
“It was a tough day for the entire team. You’re always going into the race on your back foot when you don’t qualify toward the front. The No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet felt strong during the race but it’s always tough to pass at Mid-Ohio and we just couldn’t make up ground. The entire team will put in the work tonight to figure out how we can be better and faster tomorrow. Looking forward to getting another shot at it.” 


Taylor Kiel
Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP

“I think tomorrow is going to be a completely different challenge for Arrow McLaren SP. We get another chance to qualify, which is really important. I think that’s where the results in today’s race started. When you qualify in the back here, it’s really tough to pass in the race. We will look to improve on the qualifying, first and foremost. The  team raced okay today but we had a stall in pit lane for the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet that cost us about 15 seconds. If you factor all that in, we could have had a really good day if everything went our way but sometimes that’s how it works and we will try to be better tomorrow. We will work on it overnight and hopefully get better results for both Pato and Oliver tomorrow.”
Gil de Ferran
Sporting Director, McLaren Racing


“Pato had plenty of pace during the race but it was unfortunate that he got delayed a little bit on the first stop, which maybe cost us a few positions. I think overall, he drove pretty well and it was a good race for the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP team. Oliver didn’t quite look like he had the pace throughout the day but we will work on it overnight and see if we can finish further forward tomorrow.”

2020 Indy 200s at Mid-Ohio – Race One Arrow McLaren SP Practice & Qualifying

|Photographer: Taylor Robbins|Event: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio|Circuit: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course|Location: Lexington, Ohio|Series: NTT IndyCar Series|Country: United States|Session: FP1|Season: 2020|Team: Arrow McLaren SP|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Car: Chevrolet|Number: 5|Driver: Patricio O’Ward|
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 
Dates: Saturday, September 12 & Sunday, September 13 
Rounds: 10&11/14 
Race laps: 75 
Total race distance: 169.35 miles/272.54 km 
Length: 2.258 miles/3.63 km 
Number of turns: 13 
Session start times: 
Race One – Green Flag: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. ET
Qualifying – Race Two: Sunday, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. ET
Race Two – Green Flag: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
TUNE IN – RACE ONE: Saturday, 4:30PM ET on NBCSN
TUNE IN – RACE TWO: Sunday, 1:00PM ET on NBC
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 22nd, 1:08:003
Qualifying, Race One: 15th, 1:07.0354
Starting Position, Race One: 15th 
“We just have to keep our heads down and see where we can make it better for the race. Obviously, passing is going to be quite tough, so strategy will be the key to getting a good result. The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet is starting 15th, so there’s not much we can do now in regards to starting position. We just have to make our way up to the front in the race and see where we end up.”
Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 19th, 1:07.4638
Qualifying, Race One: 16th, 1:07.6211
Starting Position, Race One: 16th 
“It’s going to be an interesting race for the Arrow McLaren SP team and for the entire field. I expect it to be hard to pass on track, so there is going to be a lot of over-cuts and under-cuts in the pits. That’s something you need to pay attention to. This track seems to be more of a handful than any other track we have gone to this year, it’s going to be quite interesting.”

2020 Indy 200s at Mid-Ohio Arrow McLaren SP Preview

|Photographer: Kenneth Midgett|Event: REV Group Grand Prix|Circuit: Road America|Location: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin|Series: NTT IndyCar Series|Country: United States|Session: FP1|Team: Arrow McLaren SP|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Car: Chevrolet|Number: 7|Driver: Oliver Askew|

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Dates: Saturday, September 12 & Sunday, September 13

Rounds: 10&11/14

Race laps: 75

Total race distance: 169.35 miles/272.54 km

Length: 2.258 miles/3.63 km

Number of turns: 13

Session start times: 

  • PracticeSaturday, 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying – Race One: Saturday, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Race One – Green Flag: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying – Race Two: Sunday, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. ET
  • Race Two – Green Flag: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET

TUNE IN – RACE ONE: Saturday, 4:30PM ET on NBCSN

TUNE IN – RACE TWO: Sunday, 1:00PM ET on NBC

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Championship: 3rd
Points: 297  “We are returning to road course action this weekend at Mid-Ohio. I think it’s going to be a good change for the championship race, after having five oval races in a row. It will be a good challenge for Arrow McLaren SP and I’m looking forward to building on the success that I had there in 2018 with Indy Lights, getting both poles and both wins. Our objective is going to be the same as it has been the past couple of weeks: qualify up front and try to score a couple podium finishes.”
Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Championship: 17thPoints: 155Rookie of the Year: 3rd “Mid-Ohio is one of my favorite tracks and it was one of the most memorable weekends for me last year in Indy Lights, winning two races and extending my championship lead. I’ve been dying to get back on a road course and I’m looking forward to the challenges that another condensed double-header weekend will bring us. I’m sure that Arrow McLaren SP and Chevrolet will once again give us a strong car to compete, so I’m focused on getting good results and finishing the year strong.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP
“Everyone at Arrow McLaren SP was thrilled to hear that we would be racing at Mid-Ohio once again.  We love racing at this circuit and are excited for the challenge of a doubleheader weekend format.  With two qualifying sessions, two races and over 100 points on the table, there is much for us to play for, both in the driver’s championship and the Rookie of the Year.  Our two Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet crews and drivers have really come together over the last few events and we will look to carry that momentum into strong results this weekend.”
Gil de Ferran
Sporting Director, McLaren Racing
“We are back to road course racing! After what feels like eons since Road America, it will be good to be back to turning both ways on one of America’s great road circuits. Arrow McLaren SP was competitive at Road America but Mid-Ohio presents very different challenges for the car and the driver. Our team has done a great deal of homework going into this weekend, which is absolutely crucial given the very short amount of track time we have to prepare ourselves. Hopefully we can continue on our progression and continue fighting through the field!”

Bommarito Automotive Group Race Two Arrow McLaren SP Race Report

|Photographer: Kenneth Midgett|Event: Bommarito Automotive Group 500|Circuit: World Wide Technology Raceway|Location: Madison, Illinois|Series: NTT IndyCar Series|Country: United States|Session: race|Team: Arrow McLaren SP|Team: Arrow McLaren SP|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Car: Chevrolet|Number: 7|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Car: Chevrolet|Number: 5|Driver: Oliver Askew|Driver: Patricio O’Ward|

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Qualified: 4th, 182.280 mph

Started: 4th

Finished: 2nd

Laps Led: 36

“We are so close. The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was very strong right out of the gates. We are knocking on the door. We are very close and we are going to keep pushing. I know our time will come so we just have to stay there. It would be great to say I had something for Josef if it had stayed green but whenever I got close, it got tough. With 10 laps to go, I was pushing and pushing but I just couldn’t quite do it. It was harder to pass today than it was yesterday. The track was quite a bit hotter, which made it tougher with big trains of cars.”


Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Qualified: 13th, 180.579 mph

Started: 13th
Finished: 17th

“We just got passed by too many cars at the start. That made it really tough to get through the field. I feel like we had the car to maybe get into the top-10 or top-5. The No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was fast in clean air, when we had it. Just disappointed with the start that made our race really difficult from there. Looking forward to hopefully getting back on a road course in a couple weeks.” 

Taylor Kiel
Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP


“It’s too bad we don’t have three races this weekend. It was a really good run by Pato. He drove great all day. Really good strategy calls by all of us on the stand, and man, the pit stop guys did an excellent job again. A really solid weekend all-in-all and really good points. I’m disappointed for Oliver with the rough start. Passing here is very difficult so it was an uphill battle for him. The team is headed in the right direction, we are knocking on the door for the first victory as a team, and I’m excited to get going hopefully in a few weeks at Mid-Ohio. Hats off to Chevrolet today, locking out the top-four.”
Gil de Ferran
Sporting Director, McLaren Racing

“It was another strong race for Arrow McLaren SP. Oliver obviously had a difficult start and it compromised his race from there on. He showed good pace throughout the race and made up a few spots after the start. Pato, again, showed his tremendous skill and nerve behind the wheel by driving an extremely well-judged race. Again congratulations to our strategy team and the guys in the pits that not only called a perfect race, but did extremely well on the pit stops. Close once again, but a really great weekend for the whole team. We continue on, head down, and try to improve each and every weekend.”

Bommarito Automotive Group Race One Arrow McLaren SP Race Report

|Photographer: Taylor Robbins|Event: Bommarito Automotive Group 500|Circuit: World Wide Technology Raceway|Location: Madison, Illinois|Series: NTT IndyCar Series|Country: United States|Session: FP1|Team: Arrow McLaren SP|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Car: Chevrolet|Number: 5|Driver: Patricio O’Ward|
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Qualified: 2nd, 182.076 mphStarted: 2nd
Finished: 3rd
“I think we got some really solid points for the championship. We led quite a bit of the race and in the end, I thought we had a clean, fast pit stop. My in and out laps were very strong but [Scott] Dixon got us by a little bit. He’s a tough guy to beat. We had a very strong run, but I had nothing for Takuma [Sato] and Scott. I had to maintain where I was and salvage the podium from there. Tomorrow, we just have to work on the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet a little bit and hopefully we can challenge for the win at the end.”
Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Qualified: 15th, 180.053 mph
Started: 15thFinished: 14th

“A really rough start today. Everyone seemed to check up in front of me in the midfield and made some contact with the front wing. Luckily the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet crew were able to replace the wing and keep me on the lead lap. Our race was compromised from the start, but we salvaged what we could. I’m looking forward to tomorrow with a better starting position.” 

Taylor Kiel
Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP

“It was a good day. We are still looking, as a group, at how to get both Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets up front. Oliver had a crazy start back there, and we know when you start back there anything can happen. It’s unfortunate that Oliver got caught up. Pato drove an excellent race. He’s been on fire lately and so have the boys in the pits. It’s tough we weren’t a couple positions higher, but we will take the podium. It’s a good points day and we will move on to tomorrow.”
Gil de Ferran
Sporting Director, McLaren Racing

“Obviously it was a shame that Oliver got caught in the confusion at the start. It really compromised his race. On Pato’s side, he did an outstanding job behind the wheel. So did the team on both strategy and on the pit stops. It wasn’t quite enough but that’s the way it goes when you are racing against formidable competition. We have to pay respect to that. We need to see if we can improve a little bit for tomorrow. Overall, a really positive day for Arrow McLaren SP and many congratulations to everyone, including Pato. A very well-judged drive.”

2020 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Arrow McLaren SP Practice Report

| Driver: Oliver Askew| Team: Arrow McLaren SP| Number: 7| Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Keyword: Chevrolet|Keyword: Arrow Electronics|| Photographer: Andy Clary| Event: Iowa INDYCAR 250s Race 1| Circuit: Iowa Speedway| Location: Newton, Iowa| Series: NTT IndyCar Series| Season: 2020| Country: United States| Keyword: motor racing| Keyword: motorsport|Keyword: open wheel|Keyword: single seater|Keyword: IA|Keyword: USA|Keyword: US|Keyword: Oval|Keyword: race 1|Keyword: short track|| Session: P1|Keyword: practice|Keyword: practice 1|Keyword: FP1|

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway

Dates: Saturday, August 29 & Sunday, August 30

Rounds: 8&9/14

Race laps: 200

Total race distance: 250 miles/402.336 km

Length: 1.25 miles/2.012 km

Number of turns: 4

Session start times: 

  • Qualifying: Saturday, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET
    • Lap One qualifies Race One
    • Lap Two qualifies Race Two
  • Race One – Green Flag: Saturday, 3:45 p.m. ET
  • Race Two – Green Flag: Sunday, 3:45 p.m. ET

TUNE IN – RACE ONE: Saturday, 3:00PM ET on NBCSN

TUNE IN – RACE TWO: Sunday, 3:00PM ET on NBCSN

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 1stSpeed: 181.532 “We put a lot of very valuable work into that session. We did everything we wanted to do to prepare for tomorrow’s qualifying and race. There’s so many little things that go into it that make a perfect race, so we want to make the best out of it. This Arrow McLaren SP crew gave us some really strong cars to roll out with and I think it was just fine tuning from there. I ended the day really happy, and I think we will be ready for qualifying tomorrow.”
Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 13thSpeed: 178.753 “It was good first session. It’s nice to be back in St. Louis and to welcome the fans back as well. I always love driving around here, so looking forward to building on that practice into qualifying tomorrow. Arrow McLaren SP and Chevrolet did a great job preparing us for this weekend with the quick turnaround. We are ready to go.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director
“The session went really well. We accomplished our goal of unloading two cars with great balance and speed. That’s something we put a premium on, so to be able to do that was a good to see. I think Arrow McLaren SP also took full advantage of the extra 30 minutes that we got for both of our first time drivers. All in all, we executed at the level we expect and that’s a credit to the team.  We will continue to push tonight and see what tomorrow brings.”

2020 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Arrow McLaren SP Preview

| Driver: Oliver Askew| Team: Arrow McLaren SP| Number: 7| Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Keyword: Chevrolet|Keyword: Arrow Electronics|| Photographer: Andy Clary| Event: Iowa INDYCAR 250s Race 1| Circuit: Iowa Speedway| Location: Newton, Iowa| Series: NTT IndyCar Series| Season: 2020| Country: United States| Keyword: motor racing| Keyword: motorsport|Keyword: open wheel|Keyword: single seater|Keyword: IA|Keyword: USA|Keyword: US|Keyword: Oval|Keyword: race 1|Keyword: short track|| Session: P1|Keyword: practice|Keyword: practice 1|Keyword: FP1|

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway

Dates: Saturday, August 29 & Sunday, August 30

Rounds: 8&9/14

Race laps: 200

Total race distance: 250 miles/402.336 km

Length: 1.25 miles/2.012 km

Number of turns: 4

Session start times: 

  • Rookie PracticeFriday, 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Practice: Friday, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET
    • Lap One qualifies Race One
    • Lap Two qualififies Race Two
  • Race One – Green Flag: Saturday, 3:45 p.m. ET
  • Race Two – Green Flag: Sunday, 3:45 p.m. ET

TUNE IN – RACE ONE: Saturday, 3:00PM ET on NBCSN

TUNE IN – RACE TWO: Sunday, 3:00PM ET on NBCSN

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Championship: 3rd
Points: 218 
“The last time I was at Gateway [World Wide Technology Raceway] was in 2018 with Indy Lights and I had a solid run, finishing in third. The whole Arrow McLaren SP team is going to be pushing hard to get the best out of our cars and get to the top step of the podium this weekend. The hard work of the entire team paid off at Indy and hopefully it will again.”
Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Championship: 17th
Points: 126
Rookie of the Year: 2nd 
“I’m looking forward to putting the Indy 500 behind us but continuing our strong form on ovals. Gateway [World Wide Technology Raceway] in St. Louis is a place that I love visiting and a track that I’ve had a lot of success at in the past. I also can’t wait to see the fans in the stands, which is something I really miss. The working relationship between Arrow McLaren SP and Chevrolet is getting stronger every weekend and every chance we have on track, so we are looking forward to continuing to learn as much as possible together.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director
“The whole Arrow McLaren SP team is excited to get back to racing after a mixed result in Indianapolis. Oliver and Pato have both shown their pace on ovals this year so we hope that Gateway [World Wide Technology Raceway] is no different. Pato has made his way to third in the driver’s championship and Oliver is second by just one point in the Rookie of the Year standings, so there is a lot to play for this weekend. Hopefully we can put together two solid results for our team, fans, and partners.”

104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Arrow McLaren SP Race Report


| Driver: Pato O’ward| Team: Arrow McLaren SP| Number: 5| Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Keyword: Chevrolet|Keyword: Arrow Electronics|| Photographer: Andy Clary| Event: 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500| Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway| Location: Speedway, Indiana| Series: NTT IndyCar Series| Season: 2020| Country: United States| Keyword: motor racing| Keyword: motorsport|Keyword: open wheel|Keyword: single seater|Keyword: IN|Keyword: USA|Keyword: US|Keyword: Oval|Keyword: USA|Keyword: IMS|Keyword: Indy 500|Keyword: August|| Session: Carb Day|Keyword: Final Practice|
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Started: 15th
Finished: 6th

“The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP team did everything we could to get to the front today. My crew did an amazing job in the pit stops. We were fighting up there with Dixon, Rossi and Takuma – great job to him. Towards the end we just didn’t have enough to get those in front of us. I think we juiced out the car and got everything out of it. We were right behind Josef in 5th for Chevrolet, so I think it was a good job for my first ever Indy 500. Obviously here the only thing that matters is winning. I’m excited to come back next year and try and get that win as this place is pretty special. For now, just collecting and move onto Gateway.”
Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Started: 21st
Finished: 30th (DNF)

“First of all I need to thank the AMR Safety Team, Dallara, and INDYCAR for keeping us as safe as possible in these cars going these speeds. I’m sorry for the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP team, they’ve worked so hard all week, all month, all year building up to this event. So, to have a result like this is really sad for all of us but we will move on to Gateway next weekend. I was really happy with the pace we had and the aggressive strategies we were running. We were trying to make something happen with passing being at a premium at this race. Thanks again to the team for all their hard work.”
|Photographer: Kenneth Midgett|Event: 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500|Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway|Location: Speedway, Indiana|Series: NTT IndyCar Series|Country: United States|Session: practice|Team: Arrow McLaren SP|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Car: Chevrolet|Number: 66|Driver: Fernando Alonso|
Fernando Alonso -No. 66 Ruoff Mortgage Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Started: 26th
Finished: 21st

“It was a very eventful race for us, we didn’t have one lap of kindness let’s say. We were struggling from the very beginning with the balance of the car with a lot oversteer. We kept changing that balance in the pit stops, reducing the front flap, doing tire adjustments and then we started to be happy with the car. We were up to P15 around Lap 110, which is where we wanted to be. We spent half the race going from P26 to P15 and then we had a clutch problem on the car that we didn’t know how to solve. We finished the race without the clutch, so from that point on every pit stop we had to push the car, engage the gear and go. That cost us a lap and unfortunately, we kept that lap down untill the end and we could not achieve anything more. I’m happy to finish the race, cross the line and have one 500 miles in the pocket, that’s the positive thing. The negative is that we were out of contention very quickly with the clutch problem. Anyway, I think the Arrow McLaren SP team was fantastic during the race, the strategy and pit stops meant we were always gaining positions. I’m very proud of the work we’ve done over the last couple of weeks. We tried to race but luck was not with us today, but I’m proud of the effort from everyone in the team.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP

“What a day. It certainly felt different than any other Indy 500 that I have been a part of. Obviously, the ambience was quite different but once we got into racing, it felt pretty much the same. The intensity was there but the conditions were very tough for us all day long. The track temps were very high which made it tough for everybody. We were struggling with the handling in traffic with all three cars but we made some serious gains in the pits. I think we gained a lot of spots with the No. 5 car, which put us in position in the front of the pack. Likewise, we had Oliver on an alternate strategy that got him to the front. When we were able to race at the front, the cars were good. All in all, it was a monumental effort for everyone at Arrow McLaren SP. Pato drove a great race. It was an unfortunate ending for Oliver, and also with Fernando and the issue he had, but I’m really proud of the team and the effort that went into this entire race. We’re on to Gateway and can’t wait to come back here next May.”
Gil de Ferran
Sporting Director, McLaren Racing

“I think it was a mixed day for Arrow McLaren SP in general. Obviously, Pato brought it home in sixth pace which is not a win, but not bad. We had an accident with Oliver which was unfortunate and seemed like no fault of his own. Thankfully he is okay and he was running strong early in the race, so that was encouraging to see. For Fernando, we had a handling issue off the bat, and we were trying to improve the car throughout. We were up to 15th but the handling wasn’t there all day. Unfortunately then we had a clutch issue. We were on the lead lap the whole time, but with the clutch issue we lost a lap. Then every pit stop after that we couldn’t engage the clutch and had to push the car, losing a lot of time every stop. Fernando soldiered on and put on a brave show. The guys in the pits did an amazing job and the strategy team on the stand did also. We were unfortunate with a small failure that put fate to any greater hopes. We did as well as we could have hoped in those circumstances.”
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      That report was made public Monday afternoon, and it’s loaded with an absence of surprises, although there are a few bits of weirdness involved. Rather than submit what KPMG said would be an ideal computer-aided design plan for the proposed F1 track that would identify all mandatory components required following FIA (the governing body of […]
    • Here’s who won the race between Formula 1 and IndyCar in Long Beach
      In October last year the city released a request for proposals seeking “an open-wheel auto racing format” to run the annual Grand Prix event. From the start it was only a two-horse race between Michaelian and Pook. Pook, of course, was hardly a carpetbagger. He founded the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1975 and brought […]
    • Q&A: Printup talks future of WGI, IndyCar, Phish
      Everybody was excited, but I take a lot of personal interest in IndyCar. I always have. I kind of grew up in IndyCar, so I was glad that we were able to get them back. The fans themselves, for only having a little bit less than 90 days to sell the race last year, we […]
    • Rick Mears – still the ultimate pro at 65
      Over the past 20-something years writing about racing, I’ve encountered three people from whom I learn something about the art of racecar driving every time we speak for longer than five minutes. One of that trio is Rick Ravon Mears, born this day 65 years ago in Wichita, Kansas, and brought up in Bakersfield, Calif. […]
    • Memoir helps widow cope after IndyCar driver's death
      Tonya Bergeson-Dana talks with her son, Conor, about his father when he brings it up, which is often. If he’s asking the questions, she reasons, he’s ready to hear the answers. Paul Conor Dana, at age 9, knows that his father was Paul Dana, a journalist and IndyCar driver who died in March 2006 during […]