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Arrow McLaren SP announces onsemi as Official Partner

onsemi joins Arrow McLaren SP as a Primary Partner of No. 6 IndyCar piloted by Felix Rosenqvist

9 November 2022

McLaren Racing today announced onsemi, a leader in intelligent power and sensing technologies, as an Official Partner of the Arrow McLaren SP Team and its No. 6 Chevrolet piloted by Felix Rosenqvist, for the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.

onsemi is a leading semiconductor manufacturer with a global supply chain that delivers intelligent technology solutions to help customers create sustainable focused products that extend from vehicle electrification and advanced safety features to increase energy efficiency.

Arrow McLaren SP relies on onsemi components in critical hardware on its race cars, such as steering wheels, enabling a more efficient design, without compromising power and safety. As McLaren looks forward to the new hybrid powertrain, onsemi will continue to be a key partner as it builds a more sustainable racing environment.

This partnership unites two brands in alignment with their pioneering spirit. McLaren has a history of pushing the limits by competing in different race series and applying its technological innovation outside of motorsport, while onsemi thrives on being a disruptive semiconductor company, surpassing competition through a broad, solutions-based portfolio and premium experiences across industries.

onsemi will be the car title partner for Felix’s No. 6 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet for a selection of races in 2023, including the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, Grand Prix at Road America, and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500. The onsemi brand will be represented on all three Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet cars and team kit throughout the full 2023 season.

Matt Dennington, Executive Director, Partnerships & Accelerator, McLaren Racing, said:

“We’re delighted that onsemi will be joining us to lead the identity of Felix’s race car in 2023. This partnership is crucial to our team, with onsemi’s technology ingrained in the Arrow McLaren SP race cars.

“Like McLaren, onsemi is determined to make a positive impact beyond its sector, making this a transformational union of brands both on and off the racetrack. We look forward to a successful partnership and joining forces in pursuit of the IndyCar Championship together.”


Hassane El-Khoury, President and Chief Executive Officer, onsemi, said:

“Our partnership with Arrow McLaren SP along with Felix behind the wheel, is a prime opportunity to reinforce onsemi’s commitment to automotive safety and efficiency, while demonstrating our superior power management and hyper-performance capabilities.

”Over the years, not only has racing focused on producing the fastest and best performance for the racing teams, it has also been a catalyst for disruptive, breakthrough technologies in safety and efficiency – many of which have made their way into the consumer market. This platform will enable us to push the next generation of advancements in sustainable automotive solutions and boost consumer adoption.” 

Arrow McLaren SP adds NTT DATA as Lead Partner on its No. 6 car beginning in 2023

McLaren Racing and NTT DATA today announced a multiyear partnership with Arrow McLaren SP beginning with the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season on the No. 6 NTT DATA Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, driven by Felix Rosenqvist. In addition, NTT DATA will partner with Arrow McLaren SP on a fourth car entry in the 2023 Indianapolis 500 with Tony Kanaan, who will be racing in his 22nd Indy 500.

NTT DATA will be the Lead Partner on Felix’s No. 6 Chevrolet for 10 races in the 2023 season, highlighted by the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, NTT DATA’s home race at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indy 500, Music City Grand Prix on the Streets of Nashville and the season finale at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. In addition to Felix’s Indy 500 entry, NTT DATA will be a major sponsor on Tony’s Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet for the world-renowned race.

NTT DATA’s parent company NTT has been the title sponsor of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES since 2019 and is committed to delivering innovation and advancing technology through its partnerships.

Looking ahead to the 107th Running of the Indy 500, Tony joins a lineup of Arrow McLaren SP drivers who have experience at the front of the grid in the iconic race. Alexander, newcomer to the team in 2023, won the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 and will race in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Pato, who drives the No. 5 car, finished second in the 2022 race, followed by Felix in fourth last season. Tony secured third place in the race last year.

Tony’s resume includes an Indy 500 win in 2013, runner-up finish in 2004 and three third-place finishes over 21 appearances in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” He also has won 17 INDYCAR races and a series championship in 2004. 

This will be the first year the Arrow McLaren SP team, led by Racing Director Gavin Ward, has a four-car lineup for the Indianapolis 500.

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing: 

“NTT DATA joining our great group of partners is a huge boost for Arrow McLaren SP. I’m thrilled they will be representing our No. 6 car as a Lead Partner and a major sponsor for our fourth entry in the Indy 500, piloted by Tony Kanaan. Tony proved last year he can compete with the best of them, and I’m excited to see him put on a show with our team next May.”


Bob Pryor, CEO NTT DATA Services, said:

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with McLaren, a long-term and valued client, and to demonstrate how sponsorships simultaneously build awareness and enhance business-to-business relationships. NTT DATA is also proud of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ growth with a strong international stable of drivers, great leadership from Penske Entertainment, and a passionate fan base attracted to the highly competitive product – where any driver can win in any weekend.”

Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP driver, said: 

“I look forward to representing NTT DATA once again. They’re a great partner and are committed to the series. I welcome them to the McLaren Racing family and am ready to start the season off in St. Petersburg, racing the No. 6 NTT DATA Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. It will also be great to race alongside Tony and learn from him as we prepare for the Indy 500.”

Tony Kanaan, Arrow McLaren SP Indy 500 driver, said: 

“I feel extremely lucky to get another shot racing in the Indy 500. I’m excited to work with Pato, Felix and Alexander and race with the Arrow McLaren SP team. My biggest battle in last year’s race was against these three drivers so working with them and driving with them will be exciting for all of us.” 

Arrow McLaren SP announces new team management for 2023

Gavin Ward to become Racing Director for AMSP

Entering the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, Gavin Ward, who joined the team in July this year as Director of Trackside Engineering, will take on the role of Racing Director at Arrow McLaren SP. Brian Barnhart is a new addition to the McLaren Racing family in the role of General Manager for the team.

In the role of Racing Director, Gavin will lead the technical performance team of Max Neyron (Director of Operations), Nick Snyder (Director of Performance) and Billy Vincent (Director of Competition), which will collectively drive the future performance of the racing team in the 2023 season and beyond.

The car communicator for Pato and the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet is still being finalized, while Billy will stay in his role on the radio with Felix Rosenqvist for the No. 6 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, and Brian will be the car communicator for Alexander Rossi and the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet.

Gavin Ward, Racing Director, Arrow McLaren SP said:

“I’m honored to step into this role and work alongside the other leaders to continue elevating Arrow McLaren SP and our competitiveness on the track. Max, Nick, Billy and I have worked really well together this past season, so we already have established an impressive baseline that will lead to a smooth start for 2023. I’m really excited to see what the team will do and welcome Brian to the team as well.”

Brian Barnhart, General Manager, Arrow McLaren SP said:

“I’m excited to join McLaren Racing as General Manager for Arrow McLaren SP. The team has made incredible strides in challenging the top teams for the championship over the past two seasons. AMSP is full of talent, from their drivers to the mechanics and every position in between, and I’m honored to join them.”

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing said:

“This leadership team has decades of racing success, with each bringing their own expertise to the group which will be a differentiator for the team as we grow to a three-car lineup in 2023 and continue to build on our heritage in the sport. Gavin has made a solid impact in the few short months he’s been with the team, and we welcome Brian and the years of INDYCAR experience he brings to the team.”

2022 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Race Report

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Date: Sunday, September 11

Round: 17/17

Total laps: 95 Laps

Total race distance: 212.61 miles/342.16 km

Length: 2.23 miles/3.60 km

Number of turns: 11

Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 8th
Finishing Position: 4th
Championship Standing: 8th, 393 points  
“We raced it today. We started on the black Firestones. It was a bit hard to fend off the guys on the reds at the beginning. After that long first stint, we kind of got back in the game, and it was really strong on that stint. A really good job by the team to have the guts to stick it out that late, longer than anyone else, and I think from there on we were really good in the race. We were good on fuel; we were good on tires. After that yellow flag, we should have been more aggressive. It maybe lost us the podium, but it was a strong car. A few cars were a bit stronger, like Josef (Newgarden) was phenomenal. A big congrats to Will (Power). Hopefully next year we can give him a run for his money.”
Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Starting Position: 5th
Finishing Position: 8th
Championship Standing: 7th, 480 points  
“I thought we had a great start. It was a great first stint. For some reason, everything went south from there. We have to look into it and really see why. I don’t have the answer for it right now. It was just extremely hard out there. We’ll look toward 2023.” 
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“The season finale is complete at Laguna Seca. It was a tough race for the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, for sure. It was a great race for Felix to finish P4. There were a lot of challenges throughout this race that we talked about all weekend: tire degradation, rising track temperatures and those types of things.”
 
“I don’t think we had the car on the No. 5 side to handle those things throughout the day, but it is what it is. We tried to minimize the damage and get max points today. As an entire team, we were able to do that. We have a lot to be proud of, not only today, but this entire 2022 season. We have a lot to build off of, and we have an aggressive plan for this offseason so we will be better next year. So many things to look forward to ahead, so this one is behind us and we are looking forward to 2023.”

2022 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Practice and Qualifying Report

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Date: Sunday, September 11

Round: 17/17

Total laps: 95 Laps

Total race distance: 212.61 miles/342.16 km

Length: 2.23 miles/3.60 km

Number of turns: 11

Session start times:

  • Warm-Up: Sunday, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET

TUNE IN: Sunday, 2:40 p.m. ET on NBC

Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Practice 2: 19th, 01:12.6659
Total Laps: 17
Qualifying:
Round 1, Group 2: 1st, 01:11.3471
Round 2: 9th, 01:11.7285
Starting Position: P9  
“In Round 1, Group 2, we did 71.3 second lap and tried to do the same in Round 2, but we were missing four tenths of that lap, so I’m not really sure what happened. Just kind of lacking grip a little bit, something on tire warmup or something I could have done different, but a top 10 is pretty solid. I would have been happy with a little bit higher starting position here, but I think I have a good opportunity tomorrow.” 
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“I think we started to gamble a little early on the weekend with tire choice. I thought we were in pretty good shape having new prime tires there at the end. Ultimately, we just didn’t have the pace as the used red Firestones did. That’s what it is, though. I think we’re in a pretty good position for tomorrow. Both the No. 5 and No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets have good pace.”

“I’m bummed out that Felix wasn’t there in the Firestone Fast Six with Pato because I think he had the pace to do it but just didn’t get it done. Nonetheless, we’ve got a long race tomorrow. There’s going to be a lot of tire degradations. There’s going to be people coming and going and we’re going to try to make the best of it.”

2022 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Practice Report

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna

Date: Sunday, September 11

Round: 17/17

Total laps: 95 Laps

Total race distance: 212.61 miles/342.16 km

Length: 2.23 miles/3.60 km

Number of turns: 11

Session start times:

  • Practice 2: Saturday, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 5:05 – 6:20 p.m. ET
  • Warm-Up: Sunday, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET

TUNE IN: Sunday, 2:40 p.m. ET on NBC

Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 8th, 01:12.0333
Total Laps: 16 
“I think the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet is in the window — it feels just like when we were last here a week ago during testing. The red Firestone tires were extremely odd, and I don’t think we’re the only car. I think it was odd for everybody. The delta from reds to blacks isn’t as big as we thought, so it’s going to be a huge player in the race compared to what last year seemed to be in terms of the right call on tires and strategy. We’re going to look further into that and prepare for qualifying tomorrow.”
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Practice 1: 12th, 01:12.1036
Total Laps: 14 
“We didn’t get a super good read on the Firestone reds. It was a messy session with a lot of interrupted runs because of traffic. Pato was also dealing with traffic. The No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet team wasn’t able to turn a lot of laps today, and conditions aren’t very similar to what they were at the test, so we will have to keep an open mind about the cooler conditions for the rest of the weekend. I think everyone had the same issues out there, trying to find space on the racetrack without traffic and sand on the surface. I definitely feel like both of us have more in our pocket.” 
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“It was an interesting day today, but it’s obviously nice to be back. This track is very tricky and has low grip because of the old surface. It’s particularly a challenge for the drivers and engineers, but we were lucky enough to test here last week and certainly had a good baseline coming out of the box.”  

“The alternate Firestone tires are super interesting so far after Practice 1. I think some people actually went slower. We got a little bit faster but certainly not as fast as we thought we were going to be. Then, we saw Josef Newgarden put in a pretty good lap, but he was the only one.”  

“We will have to figure it out tonight with those tires, and there’s certainly a lot of homework to do to put ourselves in a position to be on pole, but that’s what we’ll do. We have another practice session before quali tomorrow, so we’ll take advantage of that and see how it goes.”

2022 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Race Preview

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Date: Sunday, September 11

Round: 17/17

Total laps: 95 Laps

Total race distance: 212.61 miles/342.16 km

Length: 2.23 miles/3.60 km

Number of turns: 11

Session start times:

  • Practice 1: Friday, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. ET
  • Practice 2: Saturday, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 5:05 – 6:20 p.m. ET
  • Warm-Up: Sunday, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET

TUNE IN: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC

Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
 “We have one to go in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Laguna Seca is a very fast and flowing unique circuit. It is a track with a lot of history and beautiful weather for racing. We aren’t in championship contention anymore, so there will be one goal and one goal only: both cars on the podium.”
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
 ”It’s time to round off the season with probably the most iconic location on the calendar. We obviously want to finish as high up as we can in the standings, but we’re only aiming at winning this last race. I think it would be a deserving way to finish off a strong, but also challenging, season!” 
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“The final race of the season at the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca should be an exciting one. Although we are no longer in contention for the championship, everyone is still hungry to end 2022 with a strong weekend. It’s a race where strategy is everything, so we’re going to give it our all for the No. 5 and No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet cars to get Pato and Felix up to the front. We’re ready to wrap up the season on a high note.”

2022 Grand Prix of Portland Race Report

Portland International Raceway

Date: Sunday, September 4

Round: 16/17

Total laps: 110 Laps

Total race distance: 216.04 miles/347.68 km

Length: 1.96 miles/3.16 km

Number of turns: 12

Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 5th
Finishing Position: 4th 
Championship Standing: 7th, 456 points 
“We had to come out of the race with a win today to truly have a decent shot at the championship at Laguna Seca. But, I didn’t have enough for the Team Penske drivers. All weekend, they dominated everybody. I tried to make the pass around Will (Power) and we had damage on the left side for the rest of the race, so I had to nurse it from there. “Graham (Rahal) was coming behind us really quick, and I had to let Scott (Dixon) by because apparently we blocked him. I expect INDYCAR to make the same call going forward.”
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Starting Position: 6th
Finishing Position: 10th
Championship Standing: 10th, 360 points 
“We started the race really good but had a tough second stint on the primary black Firestones because we couldn’t get the tires to warm up and get going. Ultimately, we were probably on the worst strategy of the race. I think one driver did better on that strategy than us, but everyone just ate us up, track position-wise, on that second stint. “We came back and finished P10 – which was decent – but a bit disappointed in that result.” 
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“We came in here looking for a race win, and the way things played out, we didn’t really get an opportunity to go off-strategy at any one point, and we were just a tick off the Penskes all day. I thought we had a really good race pace for most of the stint, certainly for the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Starting on Firestone blacks was a huge advantage it turns out. The primary tire didn’t respond so well in the middle to the end of the race. Felix was a victim of that. He struggled quite a bit on his primary tire stint but nonetheless battled back, both cars in the top ten. Pato with a P4, not what we wanted but still a great result, a great team day. Everybody did a great job in pit lane, on the timing stands, and our drivers did what they had to do – a lot to be proud of.”

2022 Grand Prix of Portland Practice and Qualifying Report

2022 Grand Prix of Portland

Arrow McLaren SP

Practice and Qualifying Report

Portland International Raceway

Date: Sunday, September 4

Round: 16/17

Total laps: 110 Laps

Total race distance: 216.04 miles/347.68 km

Length: 1.96 miles/3.16 km

Number of turns: 12

Session start times:

  • Green Flag: Sunday, 3:23 p.m ET

TUNE IN: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC

Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 2: 10th, 00:58.8511
Total Laps: 23 Laps
Qualifying:
Round 1 Group 1: 2nd, 00:58.1408
Round 2: 5th, 00:58.2593
Firestone Fast Six: 6th, 00:58.6090
Starting Position: 5th
Final Practice: 7th, 00:59.4285
Total Laps: 25 Laps 
“Good qualifying for us. We can do a lot from fifth. Inside row 3, Turn 1 is usually pretty hectic around this place, so I’m excited to see what the first couple laps have in store and then just make good, smart strategy calls from there and get ourselves toward a podium finishing position or hopefully a win. We need to win this race if we want to get to Laguna with a chance.” 
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Practice 2: 21st, 00:59.1924
Total Laps: 22 Laps
Qualifying:
Round 1 Group 2: 5th, 00:58.1465
Round 2: 7th, 00:58.3475
Starting Position: 6th
Final Practice: 10th, 00:59.4701
Total Laps: 28 Laps 
”I think we bounced back pretty good from a tough practice. We kind of tail-ended in Practice 2 there and bounced back to P6 for tomorrow. The No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet feels pretty sporty. I think Final Practice was okay. There are a few cars that are quicker than us but definitely competitive. I think we can do something good from our starting position. Let’s go for a win tomorrow!” 
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“It was a really long day. We had a practice, we had a qualifying, we had a warmup, so about as much as you can cram into one day, for sure, but a really productive day. I was pleased to see the pace on the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet not having run reds prior to qualifying, so we had some really good changes overnight to put ourselves into a good spot to get into the Firestone Fast Six, which is always the goal in qualifying.”

“Felix missed out on the Fast Six by a tenth. You know, really, really close. He had a small mistake on his flying lap in Turn 7 that cost him a chance to get into the Fast Six, but nonetheless I think we’ve got a great shot tomorrow.”

“We’ll go slightly off strategy with tire choice to try to jump the Penske cars that have been dominant all weekend and give ourselves a shot to win because that’s really what we have to do tomorrow to stay in this championship hunt. It’s a win or bust mentality tomorrow.”

2022 Grand Prix of Portland Practice Report

Portland International Raceway

Date: Sunday, September 4

Round: 16/17

Total laps: 110 Laps

Total race distance: 216.04 miles/347.68 km

Length: 1.96 miles/3.16 km

Number of turns: 12

Session start times:

  • Practice 2: Saturday, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 3:05 – 4:20 p.m. ET
  • Final Practice: Saturday, 7:15 – 7:45 p.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 3:23 p.m ET

TUNE IN: Saturday, 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC

Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 6th, 00:58.8458
Total Laps: 18 laps 
“Today was pretty solid. Both Pato and I looked pretty sporty. The No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet felt good, very sporty straight away. We didn’t test here, so we had to fine-tune the car to get it where we want to, so that’s always good. At this track, it’s all about getting through the chaos. You saw today all the red flags; Portland is a tricky one.”
Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Practice 1: 22nd, 00:59.6261 
Total Laps: 12 laps 
”I think we had a decent read on the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet on the blacks. Sadly, we didn’t get a run in on reds and won’t have a chance to do that until qualifying because of the spin late in the practice. After that first practice, I don’t think we are in bad shape.”
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“That was a difficult session for the first one of the weekend. We had quite a few caution periods, so navigating that made it difficult to get a clean lap in. On the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, we are going to have to look at a lot of data overnight to see where the car is at. Pato wasn’t able to to run on reds because he spun on blacks during his last run. Unfortunately, after the spin, we were unable to continue and get a run in on reds.” 

“Felix had a pretty good session. He was able to run on both primary black and the alternate reds. We’ve got some good data from Felix’s car, and we will go from there.”
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