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2022 Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio: Race Report

2022 Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Arrow McLaren SP Race Report

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Date: Sunday, July 3

Round: 9/17

Race laps: 80

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
Warmup: 17th, 1:08.7963
Total Laps: 21 laps
Starting Position: 1st
Finishing Position: 24th
Championship Standing: 5th, 256 points 
“Today was a bummer. Apparently, the issue was something fuel delivery-wise, and it just kept getting worse and worse and worse. Then it just failed. It is a bummer and frustrating as we have thrown away, I think, an easy podium for us here. We had a lot of pace, and we’ve had a lot of pace throughout the weekend. The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was really well put together for qualifying and I tried to do my job the best I could.”
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Warm-Up: 20th, 1:09.0669
Total Laps: 23 laps
Starting Position: 4th
Finishing Position: 27th
Championship Standing: 11th, 208 points 
“It’s just unfortunate. I had a really, really, really good run. I feel for the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP guys who worked so hard this weekend. I think we had a mega weekend going as were off strategy with the black tires and holding our position. We actually managed to move up from fourth to third, so yeah, it’s a big loss for the team.”I just felt like we were sailing out there. I think we showed again we are up there and fighting for podium positions. We just have to come back and do better in Toronto.”
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Obviously, it was a great qualifying yesterday and one of our best as a team in a long time. We followed up today with our worst result in a long time. We are certainly looking into the issues for failures on both Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets. It’s very unfortunate, as we left a lot of points on the table today with very strong race cars. This is super disappointing, but we will go home and take the short time we have to find it, diagnose it and solve it before Toronto. We’ll look to turn it around in a couple weeks.”

2022 Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Arrow McLaren SP Practice and Qualifying Report

2022 Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

Arrow McLaren SP

Practice and Qualifying Report

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Date: Sunday, July 3

Round: 9/17

Race laps: 80

Total race distance: 180.64 miles/290.71 km

Length: 2.25 miles/3.63 km

Number of turns: 13

Session start times:

  • Warm-Up: Sunday, 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 12:53 p.m. ET

TUNE IN: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 2: 
7th, 1:07.2539
Total Laps: 26

Qualifying:
Round 1, Group 2: 2nd, 1:06.7616
Round 2: 3rd, 1:06.7504
Firestone Fast Six: 1st, 1:06.7054
Starting Position: 1st 
“We are on pole here for the Mid-Ohio race! What a great race car and what a great qualifying session for us. Couldn’t quite get my laps perfect between Q1 & Q2, so I am glad I got it done in the Firestone Fast Six for myself and for the team. This is the best view you can have into Turn 1. It’s a long race tomorrow so I am looking forward to what the challenge will be.”
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Practice 2: 
15th, 1:07.6387
Total Laps: 24

Qualifying:
Round 1, Group 2: 1st, 1:06.5379
Round 2: 2nd, 1:06.5438
Firestone Fast Six: 4th, 1:07.2163
Starting Position: 4th 
“Solid day… In Q1 we had the best time and almost the best time in Q2. I don’t know, I just felt we didn’t really make anything happen in the Firestone Fast Six. It’s a good day when you are disappointed with fourth. Congrats to Pato for piecing a good one together in the Fast Six. We have to look at our approach in the Fast Six. It seems like we are really good at getting to the Fast Six, but when we are in it, we never really go further than P4. It’s a good starting position, and I think we have a very good shot tomorrow.” 
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Fantastic qualifying session for the team, obviously. Certainly, the first goal is to get both Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets in the Firestone Fast Six, so we achieved that right away, and then kind of differed the strategies in the Fast Six, sending Pato out on a recon set just to get a feel of the car. I think, ultimately, that helped him secure the pole.”

“Great day for the team. I knew that we’d make the car better overnight and we did. We’ve been in the window all weekend, so kudos to everybody. A lot of hard work throughout the summer break and obviously a fantastic way to kick off the second half of the season. A lot to play for tomorrow but certainly starting toward the front of the field is always helpful.”

2022 Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio: Practice Report

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Date: Sunday, July 3

Round: 9/17

Race laps: 80

Total race distance: 180.64 miles/290.71 km

Length: 2.25 miles/3.63 km

Number of turns: 13

Session start times:

  • Practice 2: Saturday, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 2:45 – 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Warm-Up: Sunday, 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 12:53 p.m. ET

TUNE IN: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice 1: 3rd, 1:07.3171

Total Laps: 20

“We did an experiment in that first practice session and it felt pretty good. We just couldn’t get clean runs on the black Firestones. Each time we went out, it was just traffic, traffic, traffic, and even on the last run on reds I got stuck in traffic. It is what it is, and it is the same for everyone. 

“Ending the session P3, I think we were competitive on the red tires. Like always, the session was just messy, so we will go back and see what happened. But, this was a positive start to the weekend.”

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

Practice 1: 6th, 1:07.5263

Total Laps: 16

“I don’t think we rolled off too bad, but we’re not very happy yet. I think there’s going to be some things we need to look into for tomorrow and see what we need to change in order to get the car in a bit more of a happy window of being able to attack. If we find that, I think we’re going to be in good shape.”

Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP

“We’ve had a strong start to the weekend, for sure. We’ve certainly had a busy summer season with a couple of tests but never lost focus of what is important, and that’s making sure we kick off the second half of the season the right way. It’s a strong start for the No. 5 and No. 7 cars. I feel good about where we’re at. But we are not super happy with the cars, which is encouraging, so we can make some gains overnight and get closer to the fight. We’ll take advantage of it and be better tomorrow.”

2022 Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio: Race Preview

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Date: Sunday, July 3

Round: 9/17

Race laps: 80

Total race distance: 180.64 miles/290.71 km

Length: 2.25 miles/3.63 km

Number of turns: 13

Session start times:

  • Practice 1: Friday, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. ET
  • Practice 2: Saturday, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 2:45 – 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Warm-Up: Sunday, 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 12:53 p.m. ET

TUNE IN: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

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

“I am pumped for the second part of the season and where this No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet team currently stands. Mid-Ohio is a very enjoyable racetrack in terms of putting a full qualifying lap together and the race is always fun as well. This is a track where we know what we have, and I’m looking forward to improving on our results in recent years.”

Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“I love racing at Mid-Ohio, and I have some of my best memories in INDYCAR at that track. I think this track brings a really cool vibe with die-hard fans every year, so all of us on the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet are looking forward to getting there and being on track. We had a difficult run last year, but I feel motivated to get some redemption for this team.

Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP

“We are excited to get back to racing after a few weeks off. During the summer break, we got in a few testing sessions, but we are ready to get back to Mid-Ohio. Another cool, natural terrain road course that presents its own set of challenges. Certainly from a car setup, physicality and strategy point of view, there’s a lot to think about this week.
“This group has done an excellent job in the first half of the season, but we have room for improvement. We have a lot to look forward to at this track, with really great fans, and we will hope the weather holds off for us to have a great weekend to kick off our second half of the year.”

Felix Rosenqvist to remain with McLaren Racing from 2023

THE RACEWAY ON BELLE ISLE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – JUNE 04: #7: Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet at The Raceway on Belle Isle on Saturday June 04, 2022 in Detroit, United States of America. (Photo by Jake Galstad / LAT Images)

McLaren Racing has signed a multi-year deal with Felix Rosenqvist to remain on the team’s driver roster from 2023 and beyond.

McLaren Racing is currently in the process of evaluating its driver line-ups for 2023 with the newly formed McLaren Formula E Team set to embark on its debut season in the all-electric racing series and plans to expand Arrow McLaren SP into a three-car team with Felix set to be driving in one of the two series.

McLaren Racing is currently in the process of evaluating its driver line-ups for 2023 with the newly formed McLaren Formula E Team set to embark on its debut season in the all-electric racing series and plans to expand Arrow McLaren SP into a three-car team with Felix set to be driving in one of the two series.

Felix, from Värnamo, Sweden, joined Arrow McLaren SP in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2021. Since joining the series in 2019, when he was named Rookie of the Year, Felix has secured three podiums and two pole positions. Felix recently finished the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in an impressive fourth place, and currently occupies a spot in the top-10 among a competitive drivers’ championship.

Rosenqvist’s racing career also includes a stint in Formula E, having raced in the series for three seasons from 2016 to 2019, winning three races, securing six pole positions and seven podiums.

The full Arrow McLaren SP and McLaren Formula E 2023 driver line-ups will be confirmed in due course.

Felix Rosenqvist, said:

“I’m delighted to be remaining with McLaren for 2023 and beyond. With the team expanding into Formula E next season, it provides additional opportunities for me both in the USA and Europe and I look forward to being in a position to announce my plans in the coming weeks. I’ve loved my time with the Arrow McLaren SP Team in IndyCar driving the No. 7 car and we’ve had some great moments together, including securing pole earlier this year in Texas and coming home P4 in the Indy 500. I’m excited and grateful to be given this opportunity to explore the new options available to utilise my experience to help McLaren start 2023 on the strongest possible footing.”


Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, said:

“I’m delighted to be continuing our relationship with Felix. He’s a fantastic racer, with a lot of experience in many different types of racing cars. As a proven race winner in both categories, it was important for us to secure his talent withing the McLaren Racing family as we work to finalise our plans for 2023. His experience in Formula E would be invaluable as we head into this exciting new era of racing for McLaren Racing but he has also made a fantastic contribution to our IndyCar team. I look forward to working together with him to finalise the best opportunity for him next season.”

2022 Grand Prix at Road America: Arrow McLaren SP Race Report

#7: Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Road America

Date: Sunday, June 12

Round: 8/17

Race laps: 55

Total race distance: 220.55 miles/354.94 km

Length: 4.04 miles/6.50 km

Number of turns: 14

Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 7th 
Finishing Position: 6th 
Championship Standing: 8th, 203 points

“Pretty interesting race. We were a bit weak on the start and on the restarts, especially on the reds. We just couldn’t really make anything happen. We pitted early and then it kind of became a fuel race. We needed to save a lot on every stint after pitting so early. We ended up getting pretty good track position and our pace was better than expected while making our fuel number. We were able to lead the race but didn’t really have anything for the lead drivers at the end. We did the best we could. The No. 7 team did a great job on pit stops and we have moved higher in the championship.”
Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Starting Position: 5th 
Finishing Position: 26th (DNF) 
Championship Standing: 4th, 248 points

“We had a failure, which will put an end to anyone’s race. We weren’t having the smoothest of days anyway. We made some mistakes in the pits that cost us positions and we didn’t really have much pace to attack. Just not our day today.”

Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Today was a solid result for Felix. It was great to see him move forward on an alternate strategy, which is always a bit of a gamble, but they executed very well. 
“The race was a struggle on the No. 5 side. We struggled in the pit lane, we struggled for pace and then ultimately, had a failure. We are not quite sure what it is yet but we will dig into it. It put us out of the race. It was a bad day for points for the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet but there is still a lot of race weekends to go. We are only at the halfway point here so there is a lot of racing still to go.”

2022 Grand Prix at Road America: Practice and Qualifying Report

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

Road America

Date: Sunday, June 12

Round: 8/17

Race laps: 55

Total race distance: 220.55 miles/354.94 km

Length: 4.04 miles/6.50 km

Number of turns: 14

Remaining session start times:

  • Green Flag: Sunday, 12:55 p.m. ET

TUNE IN: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

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

Practice 2: 1st, 1:45.2681

Qualifying:

  • Round 1, Group 2: 2nd, 1:45.1033
  • Round 2: 5th, 1:44.8704
  • Firestone Fast Six: 6th, 1:45.6826

Final Practice: 8th, 1:47.3212

Starting Position: 6th

“It was a good day for Arrow McLaren SP. We made a lot of really good changes overnight after yesterday. Putting ourselves in the Firestone Fast Six consistently is what is going to give us the opportunity to get solid points on Sundays. I’m happy that we made it through. Now we will try to make our race car even better so we can pass some cars tomorrow.”

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Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice 2: 11th, 1:46.0998

Qualifying:

  • Round 1, Group 2: 4th, 1:45.1494
  • Round 2: 8th, 1:45.2307

Final Practice: 5th, 1:47.0441

Starting Position: 8th

“Kind of an average qualifying. Eighth is a good position and we’ve shown that we can win from there. I think this race is all about having a good race car, race pace and tire life is going to be key. So, I think we’re in a good spot, but not really super happy with the pace. But we will do it when it matters tomorrow.”

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Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP

“Ultimately, we got Pato through to the Firestone Fast Six and Felix was on the edge there in eighth. That is a good place to start here, as winners of this event come from all over the place. We are up front, which helps us stay out of the mess in Turn 1 to start the race. It’s a long race with each lap and very few strategy opportunities, so it’s important to start up front. We’ll look to have good pit sequences tomorrow and we have a lot to play for tomorrow.”

2022 Grand Prix at Road America Arrow McLaren SP Practice Report

Road America

Date: Sunday, June 12

Round: 8/17

Race laps: 55

Total race distance: 220.55 miles/ 354.94 km

Length: 4.04 miles/ 6.50 km

Number of turns: 14

Session start times:

  • Practice 2: Saturday, 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Final Practice: Saturday, 5:20 – 5:50 p.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 12:55 p.m. ET

TUNE IN: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

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

Practice 1: 10th, 01:46.3426

Total Laps: 14

“Bit of a tough start here at Road America. We came to this track with a new philosophy, which hasn’t played out quite like we expected it to. We have some work to do tonight to find out where we are lacking because the balance doesn’t feel too bad. We just aren’t as fast as the lead cars.”

Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice 1: 12th, 01:46.5185

Total Laps: 13

“Today wasn’t the best practice session. We were better on the black [tires] than the red [tires]. We weren’t quite there with the balance. I think we have work to do, the cars just didn’t quite feel 100 percent right. We will look at it overnight and come back stronger tomorrow.”

Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP

“Very excited to be back at Road America. It’s a great event. The circuit is fantastic and it’s one of our favorite places to come. We had great weather today, the temps were as good as they are probably going to be all weekend, so we tried to take advantage of the practice session. 

“We are close but we aren’t quite where we want to be. We need to find some lap time overnight, which I’m confident we will do. The cars are good, they’re just not great. That’s the challenge overnight, to make sure we make good changes because we don’t have time with the schedule tomorrow to change again. The engineers will dig into it tonight, make some good changes for tomorrow, and we should be in the fight.”

2022 Grand Prix at Road America: Race Preview

Road America

Date: Sunday, June 12

Round: 8/17

Race laps: 55

Total race distance: 220.55 miles/354.94 km

Length: 4.04 miles/6.50 km

Number of turns: 14

Session start times:

  • Practice 1: Friday, 4:25 – 5:40 p.m. ET
  • Practice 2: Saturday, 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Final Practice: Saturday, 5:20 – 5:50 p.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 12:55 p.m. ET

TUNE IN: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
 “I am excited to go back to Road America where I got my first pole in IndyCar. I’m looking forward to making our No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet a bit better than last year and fight up at the front.”
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
 “It will be good to be back at Road America. It’s where I got my first IndyCar win back in the day. Think it’s been one of our weakest tracks and I actually didn’t drive last year; but I think we’ve made some good progress since then. We know what to do to be competitive so we’re pretty pumped to get back and try to continue our streak of good speed and good results that we’ve had lately.”

Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Always excited any time we get a chance to race at Road America. It’s an iconic track, it’s been around a really long time, and it has a lot of character. The track is fantastic, the fans are always really great, and the community around the track really rallies around the event and creates a great atmosphere for our team and IndyCar racing.
“It’s a challenging circuit, it’s the longest on the calendar for us. It’s got a really long front straight so you’ll see the highest top speed of any road course, but it’s got a lot of challenging corners as well. It’s a big challenge for our drivers and our team but were ready for it. We’ve got a lot of momentum at the moment coming off of a really strong month of May and a strong event for us in Detroit. We are looking forward to keeping that rolling and excited to build upon that momentum as we continue to march through this grueling summer stretch.
“Certainly, a lot of points available at the moment so we are looking to maximize that and like I said, continue the momentum that we’ve got now. Should be a good weekend for us all.”

2022 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix: Race Report

Streets of Belle Isle

Date: Sunday, June 5

Round: 7/17

Race laps: 70

Total race distance: 164.5 miles/264.7 km

Length: 2.35 miles/3.78 km

Number of turns: 13

Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 5th
Finishing Position: 5th
Championship Standing: 3rd, 243 points 
“I think we ran a really good race. We ended right behind Josef [Newgarden], who started four spots ahead of us. I think in that aspect, we did almost the best we could have today on our strategy. We were the best car on reds in the first stint, we were really, really strong at the end of it. That allowed us to pass a lot of cars at the end of that stint. We just had to roll the dice and see how it worked out.”[Will] Power was on the strategy that Josef ran last year. It didn’t work last year, but it worked this year. I’m surprised it was a full green race. I’m really happy with the solid points we got today. I think we maximized and we are going into Road America in a good position in the championship.”
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Starting Position: 25th
Finishing Position: 10th
Championship Standing: 
9th, 174 points “My feeling is that it was a good drive. Fifteen places up with no yellows at all is a solid day for the team. The car was quick in warm-up and in the race – the only way we could go was forward. It was good fun and reminded me a bit of the go-kart days. There was fun wheel-to-wheel action with some of the drivers out there. Yeah, really good fun. We said before the race, if we can finish in the top 10, we’d be happy with the day, and we just got that. Now we move on to Road America.”
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“It was a bit crazy to have a race here in Detroit go green from start to finish. I’m not sure that has ever happened here before. That made the race really interesting, as there were four different strategies at play. I hope that made it exciting for the fans here in Detroit and also watching on TV. 
“Felix raced a great race after starting from the back due to a mistake the team made during qualifying. He passed a lot of cars and it was awesome to see the entire No. 7 team execute their strategy and get Felix all the way up to 10th. That’s a heck of a finish when you consider he started 25th. 
“Pato had a really mature race, doing everything right and staying with Josef [Newgarden] on his strategy. In the end, Will Power had the right strategy and got the win for our partners Chevrolet, which is its 100th win in INDYCAR with this engine. Wish it could have been us to give it to them, but great win for them in their backyard and the last race on Belle Isle.”
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