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2021 Grand Prix of Long Beach – Race Report

#5: Pato OíWard, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Streets of Long Beach 
Date: Sunday, September 26th 
Round: 16/16 
Race laps: 85 laps 
Total race distance: 167.28 miles/269.21 km 
Length: 1.96 miles/3.19 km 
Number of turns: 11
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 5th
Finishing Position: 13th
Final Championship Standing: 21st, 205 points 

“That’s the final race of the year. It was a pretty good race up until a deciding point on strategy. We decided to stay out when it went yellow. In hindsight, it wasn’t the right call and we fell back after consistently running fifth. After everything was said and done, we were down in 16th. From there on, everyone was on the same strategy and it was a sprint race to the finish and the only option was to pass cars to go forward. I’m disappointed, I think we had a top-5 finish in the making, but it’s how the year has been. Looking forward to starting fresh next year with Arrow McLaren SP.”

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

Starting Position: 8th
Finishing Position: 27th
Final Championship Standing: 3rd, 487 points 

“Obviously, that was not the result that we wanted here in Long Beach. We’ve had a great season: getting our first win, adding another win on top of that, and being on the pole multiple times. The entire Arrow McLaren SP team has a lot to be proud of. Next year, we have a great baseline to start from and we will be ready to fight for another title. I just want to thank everyone for all the support this year. It’s great to see all the Pato fans at the track. Not just at Long Beach, but Arrow McLaren SP fans everywhere this season. I really feel the energy. It’s too bad that we didn’t get the result that we wanted but that’s racing.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“That’s a wrap on the season. Certainly not the way we wanted to finish the race, with the No. 5 being hit from behind at the beginning of the race, followed by mechanical issue. We are not sure if it is from the contact but it was certainly a tough start and finish to the race for Pato.

All-in-all, what a fantastic season. We broke through with a victory and then captured another one. We hung in the fight all year long and came to the final race with a shot for the championship. That’s what we’ve been working on this year. To have consistent finishes and run with the top teams in the paddock. That’s our goal and I can say we achieved that this year. Our ultimate goal is to win the championship so we aren’t quite there yet. We have a long way to go, which is exciting to me. The ceiling is high and future is bright for this group. We will take a little bit of a break here and our quest for the 2022 championship starts a week from now. A lot to look forward to.

It took us a while to find our stride with Felix this season and find what he wanted from the car and the team. In the second half of the season, he found some pace and had the ability to run up front. That is good to see. Early in the season, we left some good results on the table that could have turned his championship around. Once we are able to take a step back, we will start to see the positives of the season for him and build on those for next year. The sky is the limit. Felix is a great driver, we have a good team around him, and we’ve proven we can run up front. Now we just need to do it with both cars.”

2021 Grand Prix of Long Beach – Practice and Qualifying Report

Streets of Long Beach

Date: Sunday, September 26th

Round: 16/16

Race laps: 85 laps

Total race distance: 167.28 miles/269.21 km

Length: 1.96 miles/3.19 km

Number of turns: 11

Remaining Session start times: 

  • 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 NBCSN

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice 2: 7th, 1:08.4887

Qualifying: 

  • Round 1, Group 2: 1st, 1:08.6223
  • Round 2: 6th, 1:08.6294
  • Firestone Fast Six: 5th, 1:08.7461

Starting Position: 5th

“Today was a good session. It was bit of a mess in the end, but I thought we had a good first round with clean laps to end P1 in that session. In Round 2, we didn’t really get to do a full lap with so many yellow flags. We got through and we were definitely quick enough. Then in Round 3, it didn’t seem to come together. I hit the wall slightly, but it didn’t really bend anything so I don’t think that was the reason. We’ve just been struggling in the Fast Six this season to get the tires switched on. Obviously, you always want the pole, but it was a good session. Fifth is a good spot for tomorrow and that’s where we want to be. You can have a good race from there and I’m happy with that.”


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

Practice 2: 8th, 1:08.5105

Qualifying:

  • Round 1, Group 1: 4th, 1:08.7717
  • Round 2: 8th, 1:08.8339

Starting Position: 8th

“The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet has been strong. We didn’t roll off the best on Friday but I think we made some really good changes and kept improving throughout the weekend. We had enough for the Firestone Fast Six. We should have been in the Fast Six. It is disappointing to get left out by a very odd call. All we can do is come back tomorrow, try to win the race and hopefully the rest falls into place.”


Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP

“It was a good session for the team. Certainly not where we wanted to be on the No. 5 side. Felix qualified in the Firestone Fast Six and ended fifth, which is a great start. He will have a good opportunity tomorrow. With Pato, we are still looking into it and trying to understand how we didn’t advance, given the local yellow condition. We are looking at the rulebook and checking the timing and scoring data. The results are official, so there is nothing we can do about it now. We will roll off eighth tomorrow and we’ve got Dixon and Newgarden starting 1-2 and Palou just behind us. We’re in the game, we have a good shot tomorrow, and we will make the most of it.”

2021 Grand Prix of Long Beach – Practice Report

Photo Courtesy of Arrow McLaren SP

Streets of Long Beach

Date: Sunday, September 26th

Round: 16/16

Race laps: 85 laps

Total race distance: 167.28 miles/269.21 km

Length: 1.96 miles/3.19 km

Number of turns: 11

Remaining Session start times: 

  • Practice 2: Saturday, 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 3:05 – 4:20 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 NBCSN

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice 1: 4th, 1:09.4870

“Today’s first practice was messy, with a lot of red flags and traffic. I think I could only get about two laps at a time the entire session but I got a pretty good lap in at the end. It still feels like we can improve on many things, so I think we have potential to be even further up tomorrow in qualifying.”

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

Practice 1: 16th, 1:10.2451

“Today was a difficult day for us. Tomorrow’s practice will be a good chance for us to see what we have for qualifying since it’ll be the first time we put on reds here. Let’s make some good changes overnight and see what we have tomorrow. Today, some people didn’t put on new tires and some did. We were one of the cars that didn’t put new tires on at the end of the session. It’s hard to tell how things will shake up in qualifying tomorrow but let’s see what we’ve got!”

Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP

“Practice 1 complete here in Long Beach. It was a chaotic session with full course yellows and cars going off track. A lot of local yellow conditions too, so we weren’t able to get a good read on the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet and never got a full lap with the tires where they needed to be. We think we have a decent idea of where the car is, so we have some direction of where to make changes overnight. Felix showed that the baseline package has the pace at the end of the session which is encouraging. We are looking forward to getting back on track tomorrow to progress our package and give us a shot at the pole.”

McLaren Racing and Arrow Electronics announce long-term partnership extension with McLaren F1 and Arrow McLaren SP teams

McLaren Racing and Arrow Electronics announce long-term partnership extension with McLaren F1 and Arrow McLaren SP teams

September 19, 2021

McLaren Racing and Arrow Electronics, the global technology and innovation business, today announced a long-term multi-year partnership extension which will see Arrow continue to support McLaren in its drive to achieve success with the McLaren Formula 1 and Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar teams. Arrow Electronics will continue as title sponsor of Arrow McLaren SP, while it continues as a partner of the McLaren F1 team.

Since 2019, the partnership between Arrow Electronics and McLaren Racing has enabled the two organizatons to put a shared belief in technology and innovation to at the centre of a joint commitment to drive progress and bring services and solutions to the team and their respective networks.

Today’s news follows the announcement in August that McLaren Racing was acquiring a majority stake in Arrow McLaren SP. Arrow Electronics branding will continue to be represented on the McLaren F1 race cars and drivers, Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, and the Arrow McLaren SP race cars and drivers, Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing said:  

“Arrow Electronics is a valued partner of McLaren Racing across both our Formula 1 and IndyCar programs. This long-term partnership extension is a great reflection of the strong relationship we have been building and the productivity of our partnership since the beginning in 2019. With our recent majority investment in Arrow McLaren SP and Arrow’s deep involvement in the team since 2015, our partnership is strengthened further as we progress on our common journey and shared ambitions to win together.”

Mike Long, Chairman, President and CEO, Arrow Electronics said:

“Arrow Electronics is committed to innovation in automotive and transportation technologies.  Our engineers work side-by-side with the race team, and we couldn’t be happier with the strength of our teams’ positions in both IndyCar and Formula 1.  We look forward to many more wins together on and off the track.”

Sam Schmidt, Partner, Arrow McLaren SP said:

“The entire team is looking forward to our continued journey with Arrow Electronics. I am excited that they will continue as a key part of this team as we take the next steps toward regularly competing for wins and championships. They have not only been a part of Arrow McLaren SP since 2015 but also a big part of my own life, as they have been instrumental in our efforts to better the lives of people with paralysis. Arrow has been a great partner in developing the semi-autonomous SAM Car program and other exciting projects. We wouldn’t be where we are without their support.”

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2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – Practice and Qualifying Report

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Date: Sunday, September 19th

Round: 15/16

Race laps: 90 laps

Total race distance: 212.61 miles/342.16 km

Length: 2.38 miles/3.60 km

Number of turns: 11

Remaining session start times: 

  • 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
Practice 2: 20th, 1:12.1348
Qualifying:
Round 1, Group 1: 3rd, 1:11.2992
Fast 12: 6th, 1:11.0220
Firestone Fast Six: 6th, 1:24.2715
Starting Position: 6th 
“Honestly, I’m pleasantly surprised with our result in qualifying today. I’m happy with sixth. It’s a lot better than where we were at in the sessions before qualifying. The team did some good changes to the car and I’m happy with how I executed. We will see what we have for the race tomorrow. We just need to make the car and package better tomorrow during warm up to race against these guys.” 

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice 2: 6th, 1:11.4600
Qualifying:Round 1, Group 1: 8th, 1:11.5446
Starting Position: 15th 
“We didn’t transfer in Round 1 after missing it by two hundredths of a second. We had a miscalculation on the fuel, so we had to abort our third lap. We couldn’t do three laps which was disappointing. At least we get more red tires than the guys in front so I think that will be a good thing tomorrow. It will be a long race with a lot of tire saving. There seems to be big degradation across all tires. We will keep our heads up and try to do some damage tomorrow.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Great turnaround by the Arrow McLaren SP team to gain speed overnight and give ourselves a shot in qualifying today. Felix narrowly missed out on a transfer position in Round 1 after a fuel miscalculation by the team cost him a third lap in qualifying. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t get a full shot at advancing but he can do a lot in the race tomorrow.

Pato fought hard to elevate himself and the No. 5 team to the Firestone Fast Six. Unfortunately a mistake in the corkscrew eliminated our shot at pole, but we are in a great position to fight. Tomorrow’s race will provide many strategies due to aggressive tire wear so it should be a fight to the end. We will continue to work hard overnight to improve our chances at a great result for both Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets tomorrow.”

2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – Practice Report

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Date: Sunday, September 19th

Round: 15/16

Race laps: 90 laps

Total race distance: 212.61 miles/342.16 km

Length: 2.38 miles/3.60 km

Number of turns: 11

Remaining session start times: 

  • Practice 2: Saturday, 1:45 – 2:30 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
Practice 1: 14th, 1:12.4982

“Today it was a bit messy during the first practice session. Not too messy, but we just didn’t roll off the truck exactly where we wanted to be today. The team will work to analyze everything tonight and we will come back and attack qualifying tomorrow. We know we can find more pace here so I’m excited to get back on track tomorrow.” 

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice 1: 16th, 1:12.7014 

“Today wasn’t the best practice. Pato and I had a tough time getting the tires up to speed and we were pretty far down the order. I don’t think there is any reason to panic, we just need to understand where we are slow. This is one of those tracks where if you find a little grip, you find your confidence, and the lap time just comes. We will keep digging. It was kind of a messy session with a red flag and people going off the track. We will have a cleaner run tomorrow and get in the mix.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Practice 1 is complete here at Laguna Seca. It’s not exactly the start we wanted but fortunately the schedule this weekend allows another practice session before we qualify. With the red flag in the middle of the session, we didn’t quite get to peak performance so there is more pace to be had in our cars. We know what we need to fix, so the team is going to attack those items and put us in a good position to compete for pole tomorrow. It’s crunch time.”

2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – Preview

2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey 

Arrow McLaren SP Race Preview

Photo Courtesy of Arrow McLaren SP

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Date: Sunday, September 19th

Round: 15/16

Race laps: 90 laps

Total race distance: 212.61 miles/342.16 km

Length: 2.38 miles/3.60 km

Number of turns: 11

Session start times: 

  • Practice 1Friday, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. ET
  • Practice 2: Saturday, 1:45 – 2:30 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’re heading into an awesome track at Laguna Seca that I really enjoy driving at. I think for a driver it’s really nice to feel the car on the edge. It’s a very rewarding track, when you get it right. We are looking forward to the second-to-last weekend of the year and I’m sure we’re going to make it a good one. The team and I are ready!”


Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“I think for the No. 7 team we have the same mentality going into Laguna Seca as we had going into Portland: maximize results to end the season. We want to show we can do a good job in the final two races. Obviously, we also want to be there to help Pato fight for the championship as well. We tested at Laguna Seca earlier this year and both Pato and I looked pretty strong, so it’s nice to come back to tracks where we have tested before. In general, it’s an awesome track to go to and I think every driver loves driving an Indy car at Laguna Seca. It’ll be a fun weekend!”


Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP

“It’s pretty crazy to think that there are only two races left in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. We head to Laguna Seca looking to get back on top in the championship hunt with Pato and the No. 5 team. The points lead has gone back and forth between Pato and Alex [Palou] all season long, so it’s our turn to take it back. Felix and the No. 7 car are really starting to build some momentum after a strong result in Portland. I know he is hungry for a podium or a win so I’m excited to see what he can do at Laguna Seca. Arrow McLaren SP is ready to fight to the end.”

Source: Team PR

2021 Grand Prix of Portland – Race Report

2021 Grand Prix of Portland
Race Report

Portland International Raceway

Date: Sunday, September 12th

Round: 14/16

Race laps: 110 laps

Total race distance: 216.04 miles/347.68 km

Length: 1.96 miles/3.16 km

Number of turns: 12

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 4th
Finishing Postion: 6th
Championship Standing: 21st, 177 points 

“Portland weekend is over and was eventful as always; especially in Turn 1, where we knew it was going to be crazy. We got unlucky at the start of the race when we avoided the collision that was about to happen in Turn 1. I didn’t really have a choice but to go straight. The way the rules are written, you get penalized if you go straight compared to the guys who stayed on the track. I couldn’t have really done anything so it was out of my hands, which is a shame. We were in third and came out 18th after the reorder.The No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP team did a great job. We didn’t let that get us down, kept pushing, had really good pit stops, pit sequences, and the in and out laps were nailed every time. We kept getting ahead of cars each pit sequence and ended up with a sixth-place finish. I think we had a different kind of pace this weekend and it’s coming together more and more every weekend. Let’s ride out this wave and get some podiums the next two weeks.”

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 7th
Finishing Position: 14th
Championship Standing: 2nd, 452 points 
“Today was obviously very tough. It just wasn’t our day. We got unlucky with some of the yellows and this race favored the alternate strategy, which you can see when you look at the results. It just goes to show how exciting of a sport INDYCAR is at every race. We gave it everything we had all weekend. The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP crew was solid on every stop. We are up against some great competitors for the championship but we will come back the next two races and fight down to the last lap in Long Beach.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“A tough day today. The weekend was definitely a mixed bag. The start was chaos and we kind of expected that, as it’s been that way here in the past. The race started off well on the No. 5 side and poorly for the No. 7 side after the start. As the race progressed and the way the yellows fell, the order kind of got reversed and essentially reset the field. Unfortunately for Pato, that set him back quite a bit. We had a couple rough stints in the middle of the race trying to get the primary tires to work and it cost us a couple spots and then ultimately Pato finished 14th. Felix kept his nose clean, kept moving forward and got a good result in sixth, his best result for Arrow McLaren SP. The pit crews on both sides did a good job and fought to the end as they always do. While it was a rough result, we are still in the fight. We still have two races to go and we will give it everything we’ve got in the California races coming up.”

2021 Grand Prix of Portland – Practice and Qualifying Report

2021 Grand Prix of Portland Practice and Qualifying Report
Portland International Raceway 
Date: Sunday, September 12th 
Round: 14/16 
Race laps: 110 laps 
Total race distance: 216.04 miles/347.68 km 
Length: 1.96 miles/3.16 km 
Number of turns: 12 
Remaining session start times: 
Green Flag: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET
TUNE IN:Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 13th, 00:59.1094
Qualifying:
Round 1 Group 2: 1st, 00:58.6912
Fast 12: 6th, 00:58.9629
Firestone Fast Six: 4th, 00:58.9505
Starting Position: 4th
Final Practice: 17th, 1:00.5299 
“We had a pretty good day and ended up qualifying fourth. I think the car felt good all day. Every session it has been good enough for a top five, so that’s where you want to be. When you are in the Fast Six, you always want to go for the pole, so there are some mixed feelings there, but overall it’s good to have another solid qualifying. We can be up there and compete. It’s good for Pato too that we can be up front with him and help him compete for the championship. The final practice was solid for the team as well. It is always hard to judge the tire degradation and all that, but I think we are in a good spot.”

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 4th, 00:58.8933
Qualifying:
Round 1 Group 1: 6th, 00:59.2142
Fast 12: 7th, 00:58.9732
Starting Position: 7th
Final Practice: 16th, 1:00.4529 
“We didn’t have too bad of a day. We qualified seventh. Considering where we were on pace with reds, we extracted the most out of the car that we could. Felix did a great job to start fourth tomorrow. We are two rows behind, so I just think we need to get through Turn 1. Turn 1 here in Portland is usually pretty chaotic, so we just need to keep our nose clean in the beginning and try to run a smart race. From there we will see where we can pick up some spots.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“It was a pretty good day for Arrow McLaren SP. It’s one of the best combined qualifying efforts we have had as a team in a very long time. It was great to see Felix fighting in the Firestone Fast Six and ultimately qualifying in fourth, which is a great start for him, and Pato is not far off in seventh. Would we like to be starting further up? Yes, absolutely, but we can win from both of those positions. We had a good final practice, we know where our car lies, we know what changes we need to make overnight and we are looking forward to a good day tomorrow.”

2021 Grand Prix of Portland – Preview

Portland International Raceway 
Date: Sunday, September 12th 
Round: 14/16 
Race 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 1: Saturday, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. ET
Qualifying: Saturday, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Final Practice: Saturday, 6:15 – 6:45 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
“I have great memories from Portland a few years ago, so I’m really excited to go back and try to make some more! I really enjoy pushing a race car around Portland International Raceway and it’s the start of the last stretch to close out this championship. We are ready.”

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“Good to be back on track for the tripleheader, starting with Portland. I think it’s a great little track that I have some good memories from. I think it’ll be a solid weekend for Arrow McLaren SP. We tested there a couple weeks back and we were strong so I think we might have a little bit of an advantage there. It’ll be fun and we are ready to get going again!”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“We are certainly excited to get back to racing after a couple weeks off. We head out west for three more rounds to close out the championship and it starts at Portland International Raceway. It’s a circuit we were able to test at not too long ago. We had a very productive day then, felt like we learned a lot about the circuit, the car set up, and the tires. Pato and Felix had a great day there so I’m excited to kick off this closing phase of the championship at Portland. I feel like we’re very prepared, that we have a good package and should be ready to get the fourth quarter started. I am very excited, ready to go and ready to get back in the fight; as I know our team is as well.”
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