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Felix Rosenqvist joins Arrow McLaren SP for 2021

October 29, 2020

Felix Rosenqvist will join Arrow McLaren SP for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, the team confirmed today, piloting the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Rosenqvist will get his first run in the car and begin duties with the team during an upcoming test at Barber Motorsports Park on November 2nd. 

“I can’t wait to take the next step in my career and join Arrow McLaren SP. The team has shown itself to be a consistent challenger this year and I’m looking forward to working with Pato to help take it forward,” said Rosenqvist. “I want to thank Sam, Ric, Zak, and the entire team for giving me this opportunity and I’m already working to be as prepared as possible for next season. It’s going to be fun.”

Rosenqvist, a 28-year-old from Sweden with a diverse motorsport background, will start his third season in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES, with his career accomplishments already including eight top five finishes and a win at Road America this year.

“We’ve been watching Felix since he came over to Indy Lights in 2016 and have been constantly impressed by his performance over the past two years,” said Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt. “We think that he and Pato complement each other well and together we believe they will help us on our journey forward as a team.”

His resume also features wins in Formula E, DTM, Blancpain GT Series, FIA Formula 3 and Indy Lights, showing his ability and versatility across all forms of motorsport. 

“It’s not very often that you get the opportunity to combine two young, established talents like Pato and Felix,” said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown. “I think this pairing gives us a strong driver lineup and I’m excited to see what they can do together on and off the track.”

Rosenqvist will team up with Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward, who finished his first full season in fourth place and looks forward to combining efforts with his former on-track rival. 

“I am looking forward to working alongside Felix. He is a driver I truly respect, in and out of the car, and I’m sure we will work well together,” said O’Ward. “I think we can learn a lot from each other to develop the strongest package possible at every race weekend together with the team.”

Follow along with the team on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube at @ArrowMcLarenSP.

2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Race Report

|Photographer: Kenneth Midgett|Event: Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg|Circuit: Streets of St Petersburg|Location: St Petersburg, Florida|Series: NTT IndyCar Series|Country: United States|Session: podium|Season: 2020|Team: Chip Ganassi Racing|Team: Team Penske|Team: Arrow McLaren SP|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Car: Chevrolet|Number: 9|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Car: Chevrolet|Number: 1|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Car: Chevrolet|Number: 5|Driver: Scott Dixon|Driver: Josef Newgarden|Driver: Patricio O’Ward|
2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. PetersburgArrow McLaren SP Race Report
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 6th
Finish: 2nd
Championship: 4th, 416 points 
“I’m so proud of Arrow McLaren SP and myself for what we accomplished this year. Our win will have to wait. We came in second place in the season finale, just five points short of third place in the championship. We have lots to be proud of. I’m really grateful for the opportunity that I got. I think we showcased that we are a force to be reckoned with and we are going to be pushing next year to give these veterans a harder time. Hopefully, bring it to the last race and win this championship.”
Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 10th
Finish: 16th
Championship: 19th, 195 points 
“We had a really strong weekend up until the second half of the race. We were heading for a top 10 finish until I got taken out. It’s a bummer we couldn’t get a positive result in our final race with Arrow McLaren SP but I think I showed the rest of the series what I can do. I want to thank the entire team for all the hard work they have put in this year and support they have given me.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP
“What a great race and what a great way to end the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. We are obviously very happy with today’s second place result for Pato and really happy with the way Oliver drove. He had some unfortunate contact that ended his chances for a promising result but he did a fantastic job today.  More importantly, both drivers have done a fantastic job all season long dealing with adversity, overcoming that adversity, and growing stronger because of it. All in all, I’m very proud of everyone at Arrow McLaren SP and I’m happy to close out 2020 on a high note. I’m excited to get started on 2021 tomorrow.” 

Gil de Ferran
Sporting Director, McLaren Racing

“What a result!  Another podium and fourth in the championship for Pato. Oliver was driving a brilliant and competitive race, with a realistic possibility of finishing in the top 5.  Unfortunately, the yellow came exactly at the wrong time for his last pit stop and he got unlucky again when an incident put him in the tire wall.  Nevertheless, it was a performance he should be proud of. Pato’s race went more smoothly, the team executed strategy and pit stops very well.  Pato, in his usual style, drove his heart out.  His aggressiveness and determination were crucial at the end of the race to put himself in P2.  We didn’t quite have enough to challenge the leader in the closing laps, but, again another stellar performance from Pato and the team. We close this year on a high and once again, I would like to thank our team, partners and fans. Last, but not least, congratulations to Scott Dixon on a historical championship victory, to cement his name as one of the greats! Well done Arrow McLaren SP…on to 2021, it starts tomorrow!”

2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Practice & Qualifying Report

|Photographer: Taylor Robbins|Event: Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg|Circuit: Streets of St Petersburg|Location: St Petersburg, Florida|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|
2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. PetersburgPractice & Qualifying Report
Streets of St. Petersburg – St. Petersburg, FL 
Date: Sunday, October 15 
Round: 14/14 
Race Laps: 100 
Race Total Distance: 180 miles/289.68 km 
Track Length: 1.8 miles/2.9 km 
Number of turns: 14 
Session start times: 
Practice: Saturday, 10:55 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. ET
Qualifying: Saturday, 3:05 – 4:20 p.m. ET
Warm-Up: Sunday, 10:40 – 11:10 a.m. ET
Green Flag: Sunday, 2:32 p.m. ET
TUNE IN: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 17th, 1:01.8724
Qualifying: 6th, 1:01.7725
Starting Position: 6th 
“The practice wasn’t great for us but we made our way back to the front part of the field during qualifying. The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet is starting on the third row so we can try and win the race from there. It’s going to be tough to pass and pit stop windows aren’t going to be as big as they used to be, because the race is ten laps shorter. I think if we have a good, consistent race and good pit stops, we should be in contention in the end.”
Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 13th, 1:01.7222
Qualifying: 10th, 1:00.9772
Starting Position: 10th 
“I haven’t been in an Indy car in a bit over a month, so I was a bit rusty. But it was great to be back here at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Big shoutout to everyone at INDYCAR and Green Savoree for making this event happen. To have it as a season finale is pretty incredible. It’s a home race for me, and I’ll have some family out here tomorrow that I hope to put on a good show for them and Arrow McLaren SP in my final race.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP
“It was a good day for Arrow McLaren SP. First of all, getting Oliver back in the car was big for us and big for him. I’m really happy that he was able to get back in the car for his home race. In terms of performance, it was really tight out there. Everybody is quick. We are just trying to get up to the front end. Pato did a great job to get into the Firestone Racing Fast Six but made a mistake in Turn 1 on his flying lap. Those things happen and we will start P6. Oliver was really close to getting out of Round Two but didn’t quite get there. All in all, good day for us and we will look to race forward.” 

Gil de Ferran Sporting Director, McLaren Racing

“Starting with Oliver, this was his second best qualifying of the season, so this has been a really positive comeback weekend so far for him.  On Pato’s side, it was great to get into the fast six, it demonstrates well how competitive he has been. We rolled the dice and he tried hard to get into the front row, but unfortunately it didn’t work out.  Looking at the times, you can see how competitive the IndyCar field is.  Regardless, both guys are in good starting positions to be able to run a competitive race.  Execute is the word!  Looking forward to the usual exciting show St Pete provides in front of local loyal fans!”

Pato O’Ward to continue with Arrow McLaren SP in 2021

Pato O’Ward to continue with Arrow McLaren SP in 2021

October 13, 2020

Arrow McLaren SP announced today that Pato O’Ward will continue to race for the team for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, once again piloting the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. 

“I am beyond excited to be racing with Arrow McLaren SP next season to build on what we have accomplished so far this year. Such a great group of people who truly have welcomed me like a second family,” said O’Ward. “Given how much change I have seen in my career to this point, it is invaluable to get the opportunity to put down roots and build on a foundation year over year.” 

O’Ward will continue with the team after a strong showing in his first full season in INDYCAR, currently sitting fifth in the championship standings with one race remaining. The Mexican driver, who is still only 21-years-old, will once again be behind the wheel of the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in 2021, which he has raced to one pole position, three podiums and nine top 10 finishes in 2020. 

“The entire team and I are thrilled to have Pato back in the car next year,” said Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt. “He has shown incredible form this year and has kept himself in the championship hunt all season long. I think he has the potential to compete at the highest level in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for a long time.”

Arrow McLaren SP’s 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES full driver lineup will be announced in due course. 

The team has one race remaining in the 2020 season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on October 25. Tune in on NBC at 2:30 p.m. ET and follow along on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Youtube at @ArrowMcLarenSP. 

2020 Harvest GP Race Two – Race Report

|Photographer: Kenneth Midgett|Event: INDYCAR Harvest GP Race 1|Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway|Location: Speedway, Indiana|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|
2020 Harvest Grand Prix – Race Two
Arrow McLaren SP Race Report
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Road Course 
Dates: Friday, October 2 & Saturday, October 3 
Rounds: 12&13/14 
Race One Laps: 85  
Race Two total distance: 207.32 miles/333.63 km 
Race Two Laps: 75 
Race Two total distance: 182.93 miles/294.375 km 
Length: 2.439 miles/3.925 km 
Number of turns: 14
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position, Race Two: 5th
Finish, Race Two: 5th
Championship: 5th, 376 points “We ended up where we started, we didn’t go backwards, we didn’t go forwards. I think we maximized absolutely everything we could out of the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Our black tire pace was where we really lost our chance at a podium. We have some work to do, but there’s one more race to go. We are going to try and get a win before the year ends. We are going to give it hell in St. Pete.”
Helio Castroneves – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position, Race Two: 20th 
Finish, Race Two: 21st
Championship: 27th, 57 points “The result doesn’t show how much work everyone from Arrow McLaren SP put into this weekend to make sure I was comfortable. We tried a different strategy, and even if the strategy wasn’t right, it was right for me because I could push and understand more of the car on reds. I wish we could have another qualifying and race tomorrow. I can’t thank Sam, Ric, Zak and Arrow McLaren SP enough for an amazing job. The car is in one piece which is great. Great experience. Hopefully Oliver continues to look after his health.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP
“We knew going into today that we were going to be faced with a fuel-saving challenge.  We chose to split strategies; let Helio run hard and three stop, and ask Pato to fuel save and two stop.  Pato did a terrific job hitting his numbers all day long while maintaining a competitive lap time.  Helio also drove a good race, unfortunately the timely yellow he needed never came.  Overall, a good effort to finish strong after yesterday’s poor result.  I’m also happy with the pit stop performance today and both drivers’ in and out lap pace.  I always hate to leave IMS without a team victory, but I’m happy for our partners at Team Chevy to sweep both races.  We are very eager to get to St. Pete and challenge for a win in the final event of the season.” 

Gil de Ferran
Sporting Director, McLaren Racing

“I think we can leave here happier with today’s results. On Helio’s side, we tried a different strategy and he was putting some impressive lap times during the race, but in the end it didn’t pay off in terms of final result.  I want to take this opportunity to thank Helio for his efforts on behalf of Arrow McLaren SP, it was great to have him around on many fronts!Pato displayed his usual aggressive and fast driving, pushed hard all race and squeezing everything out of the car!  The team did a great job on the stops and on strategy but we didn’t quite have enough to compete further up. On to the last round we go to close this season, fighting all the way to the end and hopefully we can close the year on a high note.”

2020 Harvest GP Race One – Race Report

|Photographer: Taylor Robbins|Event: INDYCAR Harvest GP Race 1|Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway|Location: Speedway, Indiana|Series: NTT IndyCar Series|Country: United States|Session: qualifying|Season: 2020|Team: Arrow McLaren SP|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Car: Chevrolet|Number: 5|Driver: Patricio O’Ward|

2020 Harvest Grand Prix – Race OneArrow McLaren SP Race Report
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Road Course 
Dates: Friday, October 2 & Saturday, October 3 
Rounds: 12&13/14 
Race One Laps: 85  
Race Two total distance: 207.32 miles/333.63 km 
Race Two Laps: 75 
Race Two total distance: 182.93 miles/294.375 km 
Length: 2.439 miles/3.925 km 
Number of turns: 14 
Session start times: 
Qualifying – Race Two: Saturday, 10:20 – 10:50 a.m. ET
Race Two – Green Flag: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET
TUNE IN – RACE TWO: Saturday, 2:30PM ET on NBC
Helio Castroneves – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position, Race One: 19th
Finish, Race One: 20th
Championship: 27th, 48 points 
“It’s great to be back in a race car in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Arrow McLaren SP and Chevrolet did a phenomenal job by giving me the tools that I needed. Obviously a little off pace, however it was great to understand what we need to do to learn about the car. We will make some adjustments for tomorrow. That’s the good news, we have another day to do it all over again.”
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position, Race One: 10th 
Finish, Race One: 22nd
Championship: 4th, 346 points 
“There is not much to say, it’s probably the worst day we’ve had all year. We just have to regroup tomorrow and try to go win the race. There’s nothing that we can do right now, honestly. For the rest of the year, we have to try to win as many races we can. There’s two more to chase. We will be going for it tomorrow.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP
“Looking forward to qualifying and racing tomorrow. We know we have good speed and that the Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets are good. We made a mistake in the race that cost us big time. We have another chance tomorrow, and we will make the most of it for sure.” 

Gil de Ferran
Sporting Director, McLaren Racing

“Tough day at the office for Arrow McLaren SP. Pato had another brilliant start but we could see both drivers had handling difficulties from the get-go. Unfortunately for Pato, we had to serve a drivethrough penalty and then do one extra stop for tires. Otherwise his pace was quite decent, despite all the issues. Helio’s race today was more focused on learning and getting prepared for tomorrow. He also fought hard all race and got to the end cleanly, which was our main goal. We have some homework to do tonight to improve our cars and I am sure we will come back stronger tomorrow.”

2020 Harvest GP – Practice & Qualifying Report

|Photographer: Taylor Robbins|Event: INDYCAR Harvest GP Race 1|Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway|Location: Speedway, Indiana|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|
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Road Course Dates: Friday, October 2 & Saturday, October 3 
Rounds: 12&13/14 
Race One Laps: 85 
Race One total distance: 207.32 miles/333.63 km 
Race Two Laps: 75 
Race Two total distance: 182.93 miles/294.375 km 
Length: 2.439 miles/3.925 km 
Number of turns: 14 
Session start times: Race One – Green Flag: Friday, 4:00 p.m. ET
Qualifying – Race Two: Saturday, 10:20 – 10:50 a.m. ET
Race Two – Green Flag: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET
TUNE IN – RACE ONE: Friday, 3:30PM ET on USA Network
TUNE IN – RACE TWO: Saturday, 2:30PM ET on NBC
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 8th, 1:10.6307
Qualifying, Race One: 10th, 1:10.7290 (Group 1)
Starting Position, Race One: 10th “Honestly, the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet improved quite a bit from practice to the little time we got in that qualifying session. That was definitely a positive but it was unlucky to get caught out by that red flag and we didn’t get any running on the red alternate tires. I think the car would have been strong on the reds. We will have to see what we can do tomorrow. We will have an extra set of reds since we didn’t really use them in qualifying. It should shake up pretty interestingly in the race.”
Helio Castroneves – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 23rd, 1:11.6269
Qualifying, Race One: 19th, 1:10.6224 (Group 2)
Starting Position, Race One: 19th “I have to thank everyone from Arrow McLaren SP, they did such a great job to accommodate all the little bits that a new driver needs to make everything okay, which is difficult. Everyone, including Robert Wickens and Oliver Askew, were working together to try to maximize the time we had the best we can because of the way the schedule is so compact. For me it was great. It’s not fun to start in the back, but to this point, it is great to be back. Let’s go for the race, we are going to learn a lot for sure.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP
“First of all it’s great to be back here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and in front of fans. We are happy to see Team Chevy on the pole. It’s been an up-and-down weekend for us so far with an untimely caution in qualifying for Pato. Helio’s doing a great job getting up to speed. He’s been an absolute pleasure to work with and he’s done a great job adapting to our team and competing in an incredibly tough situation. I’m proud of all the hard work. We have pace but haven’t had the chance to show it yet. So hopefully we will bring a good strategy to the table tomorrow and make our way to the front.”

Gil de Ferran
Sporting Director, McLaren Racing


“It was very little running today when you step back and look at it. On Pato’s side, we tried a few things to improve the car, and I think he had a good shot. It’s unfortunate the session got cut short in his qualifying group, but that’s how it goes sometimes. Considering how little time Helio’s had in the car, I think he did a really good job. So, I’m sure things are going to get better throughout the weekend. We have to take what we can get today and see if we can move forward tomorrow.”

2020 Harvest Grand Prix Arrow McLaren SP Preview

| Driver: Pato O’ward| Team: Arrow McLaren SP| Number: 5| Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Keyword: Chevrolet|Keyword: Arrow Electronics|| Photographer: Andy Clary| Event: GMR Grand Prix| 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: road course|Keyword: Brickyard|| Session: Final Warmup|
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Road Course 
Dates: Friday, October 2 & Saturday, October 3 
Rounds: 12&13/14 
Race One Laps: 85 
Race One total distance: 207.32 miles/333.63km 
Race Two Laps: 75 
Race Two total distance: 182.93 miles/294.375 km 
Length: 2.439 miles/3.925 km 
Number of turns: 14 
Session start times: 
Practice: Thursday, 2:25 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. ET
Qualifying – Race One: Thursday, 6:20 – 6:50 p.m. ET
Race One – Green Flag: Friday, 4:00 p.m. ET
Qualifying – Race Two: Saturday, 10:20 – 10:50 a.m. ET
Race Two – Green Flag: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET
TUNE IN – RACE ONE: Friday, 3:30PM ET on USA Network
TUNE IN – RACE TWO: Saturday, 2:30PM ET on NBC 
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Championship: 3rdPoints: 338 “It’s crazy to think that the year is almost over. The entire team and I know that if there’s a time to push, it’s now, so we are all very motivated to build on what we have accomplished so far this season and keep racking up championship points. We are in the fight so that’s what we will be pushing for. I know that the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet will be good, so if we execute, we will have a couple of good races.”
Helio Castroneves – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Championship: 27thPoints: 38 “First and foremost, we want to make sure that Oliver gets better. He’s a young man with a bright future ahead of him.  For me, I’m coming off of a big win at Mid-Ohio in IMSA and carrying momentum into this weekend at Indianapolis. It’s great to be back in a place where I have so many memories. It’s even more exciting this time, coming back with a new team and getting new experiences. I already have a taste of the great group of people at Arrow McLaren SP and I’m looking forward to this weekend. Hopefully I can add a little bit of my experience to a great team and brand.  I also want to thank Roger Penske and Tim Cindric for allowing me to race this weekend for a different team. My biggest fear is to not enter the wrong garage after 20 years! I’m looking forward to a good race.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP
“Everyone at AMSP is thrilled to be racing at IMS in front of our amazing fans. Our season is in it’s final quarter and we are looking to capitalize on the remaining points available.  The team has shown true grit and determination to have us sitting third in the championship. Pato is driving very well, the team is operating at a high level and Team Chevy is giving us all the tools we need to compete.  There is much to be proud of at this point, but still much to be achieved. On a personal note, we are all wishing Oliver a speedy return to racing action.  I know he will be working very hard to return and we will continue to support his efforts.  In the same breath, we welcome Helio with open arms and appreciate his willingness to step in and help our program move forward.” Gil de Ferran
Sporting Director, McLaren Racing“It will be great to be back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, better again, this time with some fans!
 First of all, I want to take this opportunity to wish Oliver a speedy and full recovery. From personal experience, I understand his situation. I would also like to welcome my old friend and teammate, Helio, into our team.  Helio needs no introduction, his winning record speaks for itself and we are fortunate he is able to be with us this weekend.
 
It is never easy to change personnel mid-season, especially the driver, as the bond and understanding between driver and team takes time to develop and to hone. It will be a particularly challenging race weekend from this perspective, as most competitors already have one event at this track under their belts and Helio will have only one session to acclimatize himself prior to qualifying.
 
From a positive perspective, both Pato and Oliver had strong showings last time around at Indianapolis road course and hopefully our learnings since will help put us in a competitive position. One thing I can promise: our team is hungry, both Pato and Helio are super-enthusiastic and we will fight our hardest together!”

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.” 
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