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2020 REV Group Grand Prix of Road America – Arrow McLaren SP Preview

Road America 
Date: Saturday, July 11 & Sunday, July 12 
Rounds: 3&4/14 
Race laps: 55 
Total race distance: 222.64 miles/358.325 km 
Length: 4.048 miles/6.515 km 
Number of turns: 14 
Session start times: 
Practice: Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET
Race One – Qualifying: Saturday, 2:15 – 2:45 p.m. ET
Race One – Green Flag: Saturday, 5:15 p.m. ET
Race Two – Qualifying: Sunday, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. ET 
Race Two – Green Flag: Sunday, 12:42 p.m. ET
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“Road America can’t come soon enough. Coming off a solid race at the GMR Grand Prix in Indianapolis, everyone at Arrow McLaren SP and I are looking forward to building on the momentum we have created so far this season. Road America is an iconic track on the calendar and I can’t think of a better place to welcome fans back to NTT INDYCAR SERIES race in a safe, responsible manner.”
Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“We know the Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets are fast and can contend for pole positions, now we need to work on finishing strong on race day. A doubleheader at Road America is the perfect opportunity to get a great result for the whole team. I’m looking forward to welcoming fans and partners back to the track, it will be awesome to have people cheering us on again.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director
“The Arrow McLaren SP group has done a great job of quickly closing the loop on the GMR Grand Prix and turning full focus toward preparation for Road America. This circuit poses a great deal of challenges, but we have a package that we feel will be competitive so we are eager to get back on track and compete for the podium after a disappointing race in Indianapolis. Racing at a world class venue in front of fans again will no doubt be a boost for our team and drivers all weekend.”

2020 GMR Grand Prix Arrow McLaren SP Race Recap

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course can often end up being one of the most difficult circuits on the INDYCAR calendar, something that Arrow McLaren SP rookie Oliver Askew learned the hard way today.

Askew, who qualified fifth and looked promising in the early laps of the GMR Grand Prix, got caught out on old tires and crashed in one of the most difficult sections of the track, Turns 13 and 14. The incident ended the promising American’s race earlier than hoped, with the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet finishing on the bottom of the score sheet in 26th. 

With Askew out of the race, hopes fell on teammate Pato O’Ward in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Starting 13th after just missing the Fast 12 in qualifying, O’Ward used strategy and savvy driving to slowly work his way up through the field throughout the race. The Mexican driver seemed headed for a top-5 finish but struggled with traffic on his third stint, which kept him from keeping pace with the leaders. 

O’Ward didn’t let frustration ruin his day, continuing to drive smart and save fuel. When the checkered flag waved, he found himself in 8th place, having gained five spots on the day and bringing home a solid amount of points for the team. 

Arrow McLaren SP heads north next weekend for pair of races on Wisconsin’s iconic Road America road course. Catch Race 1 on Saturday, July 11 at 5:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Race 2, Sunday July 12 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC. 

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

Practice: 4th

Qualifying: 13th

Started: 13th

Finished: 8th

“I think every day where you can improve positions from your qualifying, is a good day. We got some solid points but we are not quite where we want to be or where I want to be. If you are in this championship to be finishing eighth, you are here for the wrong reasons. We want to win, we want to be on the podium. The Arrow McLaren SP cars had the pace, we just didn’t quite get everything out of our third stint which cost us a lot of track position and we had to make that up in the end. I think overall, we finished, we improved, we were on pace, and we have some good information to improve for Road America.”

Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice: 10th

Qualifying: 5th

Started: 5th

Finished: 26th

“It was really unfortunate and unacceptable, to be honest, to have a result like that. I will have to check with the guys to see exactly what happened but after watching the replay, I just lost the rear of the car. It was toward the end of a stint so the rears were starting to go which caught me off guard. I’m really sorry to the entire Arrow McLaren SP team but we will move on and push for a good result in Road America next weekend.”

Taylor Kiel
Managing Director

“Today was an okay, not a great, day for Arrow McLaren SP. We moved forward with Pato, having a couple stints that went really well for us and a couple that didn’t go well. I think we had the car and the speed to get a possible podium today but eighth from where we started is a good finish and I’m proud of the team. We had good pit stops all day and Pato drove a great race, considering the conditions. It was hot and it was physical, so I’m very happy for him and the team, to have worked forward and finish where they finished. It was certainly a disappointing end to Oliver’s weekend. He had a great car all weekend and was driving a really smart race. I think he just pushed a little too hard on old tires trying to close the gap. We’ve seen this before and had the same incident last year. Turn 13 and 14 is really tricky part of the track on used tires and it caught him out. Disappointing end to the day but we have two races in Road America next week and we will be looking to rebound.”

2020 GMR Grand Prix Arrow McLaren SP Practice & Qualifying Report

The first time isn’t always the charm in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES but today it proved true for rookie driver Oliver Askew, who put the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in the Firestone Fast Six during his first-ever road course qualifying. 

Askew and his Arrow McLaren SP teammate, Pato O’Ward, showed the speed of their Chevrolets throughout the day, beginning in the weekend’s only practice, a 90-minute session in the heat of the Indiana sun. 

O’Ward found himself near the top of the time sheets at the end of practice, finishing fourth in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Askew looked like he was going to follow but got caught up in traffic when he went out on red tires, keeping him back in 10th. 

The young American didn’t let that bring him down, coming out confident and taking the top time in his Round One qualifying group and the fastest time of all cars in Round Two. O’Ward made a valiant effort to join Askew in the Fast 12 but just missed moving on and will start tomorrow’s race in the 13th position. 

Askew set his sights on pole in his first Firestone Fast Six but quickly learned what it takes to get the top spot, with his respectable lap earning him a starting spot of fifth. 

Arrow McLaren SP will look to build on this momentum tomorrow, Saturday, July 4th, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the GMR Grand Prix goes green on NBC at 12:00 p.m. ET. 

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

Practice: 4th, 1:10.1874

Qualifying: 13th, 1:10.7333

“We were just outside of getting into the Fast 12 and competing for a spot in the Firestone Fast Six. The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet is super fast and I think we showed that at times throughout the day. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race and making my way to the front. Congrats to my teammate, Oliver, for qualifying fifth. Make sure to watch us both tomorrow on NBC at 12:00 p.m. ET.”

Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice: 10th, 1:10.3641

Qualifying: 5th, 1:10.8404

“Today was more than we could have asked for, honestly. The goal was to move on from Round One of qualifying but once I felt the car was capable of competing in the Firestone Fast Six, it was game on. The guys at Arrow McLaren SP did a really good job of making the right changes between practice and qualifying. It comes down to that and being able to put together your theoretical best lap without making mistakes. Everyone sees how close it is out there in lap times. I felt good out there, and these are the days I love about racing, when you feel connected with the car and you don’t have to think about it. It just comes together naturally. Really happy with today.”

2020 GMR Grand PrixArrow McLaren SP Preview

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course 
Saturday, July 4 
Round: 2/14 
Race laps: 80 
Total race distance: 195.12 miles/314 km 
Length: 2.439 miles/3.925 km 
Number of turns: 13 
Session start times: 
Practice: Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
Qualifying: Friday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. ET
Warmup: Saturday, 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. ET 
Green Flag: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET
TUNE IN: 12:00PM ET on NBC 
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“The next few weeks ahead of us are going to be intense and eventful. There is no better place to start it off than at the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Arrow McLaren SP and I have used this time off to prepare and be ready to tackle the challenges coming torwards us at each track and event. I can’t wait to get going again this Friday and am really excited to be racing again on NBC. Hopefully Oliver and I can put on a show for all our fans and partners.”
Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“I’ve always enjoyed racing on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, and I’ve had a lot of success there on the Road to Indy. I hope to take that experience into my first INDYCAR road course race. I think that everyone at Arrow McLaren SP has set the foundations for a very good month of racing, so I’m looking to take advantage of the cars we have been working hard to put together. It will feel weird to be racing in Indianapolis without fans but hopefully everyone tunes in to NBC to watch the race at noon on Saturday.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director
“We are all excited to get back to road course racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Oliver and Pato have both shown well here in the past and our team has had success, winning the inaugural race in 2014 and securing multiple other podiums. We are looking for a great team result this weekend for Arrow McLaren SP, our fans, and our partners.”

Launching the No. 66 Ruoff Mortgage Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet to be driven by Fernando Alonso at the 104th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 30 2020)

Fernando Alonso’s quest for motorsport’s elusive Triple Crown was set to resume more than a month ago at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The universe had other plans, with the coronavirus delaying the race until August.

With NTT INDYCAR SERIES action resuming, excitement is building at Arrow McLaren SP, with reveal of the No. 66 Ruoff Mortgage Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet.

“I’m very happy to finally see the car which I will race in the Indianapolis 500. We had to wait longer than usual to release the livery but that means that engines will be starting soon in Indianapolis,” said Fernando Alonso

Alonso, two-time Formula One World Champion and double 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, will be making his second attempt at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The Spaniard first ran the Indy 500 in 2017, when he led 27 laps before a blown engine caused him to finish 24th but did not stop him from winning Rookie of the Year honors.

“In 2017, Fernando proved that he can not only compete in the race, but that he can fight for the win,” Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt said. “The livery is great. It represents the colors of Ruoff Mortgage while maintaining the livery design of all the Arrow McLaren SP entries. It’s unlike any entry that we have seen, which will make it easy to spot for fans.”

Ruoff Mortgage is no stranger to the Indy 500, having tasted victory in the 2017 race with Takuma Sato, and the entire company cannot wait to give it another shot with a driver of Alonso’s caliber.

“The livery is sleek and smart and boasts our primary branding scheme with that of Fernando’s brand,” said Mark Music, President & CEO of Ruoff Mortgage. “This design will help the No. 66 Ruoff Mortgage car stand out in the crowded field…especially when Fernando crosses the checkered flag. We can’t wait to see it on the track in our own backyard.”  

Alonso and his unique livery will join Arrow McLaren SP’s two full-time entries of Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew for the 104th Indianapolis 500 on August 23rd.

“I think it looks great. I think it complements our cars very well,” said Pato O’Ward. “I’m very much looking forward to working with someone who has so much knowledge and so many years in motorsports. I can’t wait to work with each other and push for the strongest package that we can have.”

“Never in my 15 years of racing would I have guessed that I would be racing alongside Fernando as a teammate, let alone at the Indianapolis 500,” added Oliver Askew. “I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can from him…not many drivers get that opportunity.”

O’Ward and Askew will surely benefit from a veteran driver with 32 Formula One victories under his belt joining the team, and Alonso looks forward to joining his new teammates.

“I think the atmosphere will be nice with Oliver and Pato, two drivers that I consider really talented,” said Alonso. “I’m confident that Arrow McLaren SP will be competitive. The team has the right experience, well-qualified people, and great resources.”

Alonso’s first shot at the Indy 500 in 2017, and his love for the race, was inspired largely by McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown, who had a vision of getting the famous brand back in the historic race.

“I’m excited that we get to finally show the fans Fernando’s car that he will drive at the Indianapolis 500 this year,” added Zak Brown “It looks awesome and I can’t wait to see it hit the track in August in Fernando’s hands.”

The Arrow McLaren SP team will see plenty of action between now and the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500, taking to the track next this weekend for the GMR Grand Prix on the IMS Road Course on Saturday, July 4th at 12:00PM ET on NBC.

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2020 Genesys 300 Arrow McLaren SP Recap

The NTT IndyCar Series made its 2020 season debut at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6, after a three-month stoppage due to the global pandemic. Arrow McLaren SP drivers Oliver Askew and Pato O’Ward made their first start at the 1.5-mile oval in Fort Worth, Texas.
Each driver received 30 minutes extra practice during the one-day show that included one practice session, qualifying and the Genesys 300 race. Following the only practice session of the event, O’Ward set the third fastest lap at 214.491 mph. Askew was 15th quickest at 211.728 mph.
In qualifying, the No. 5 Arrow Mclaren SP Chevrolet of O’Ward ran a two-lap average speed of 212.013 mph to start in the 18th position. The No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet of Askew would finish qualifying in the 20th position after a two-lap average speed of 210.839 mph.
The duo began the Genesys 300 focused on finding their rythym and working their way through the field in the 200-lap race. By Lap 60, O’Ward and Askew were finding their pace and had improved on their starting positions by climbing to the 14th and 15th positions, respectively.
The drivers spent the majority of the race keeping it clean, driving smart, and using their pit stops to gain ground on their opponenents. With 25 laps remining, Askew had made his way to 11th position and O’Ward was just behind in 13th.
With less than 20 laps to go, the entire field cycled through final pit stops and both Arrow McLaren SP cars made the most of it. When the checkered flag waved to end the event, Askew finished in the 9th position and O’Ward in 12th.In each driver’s debut at Texas Motor Speedway, Askew improved his starting position by 11 spots and O’Ward climbed six positions.Following a strong result in the Lone-Star State, the team looks to carry momentum to the next race for the NTT IndyCar Series season, the GMR Grand Prix at the IMS road course on July 4. 
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 3rd Qualifying: 18thStarted: 18th Finished: 12th “I think it was a good first race for everyone at Arrow McLaren SP. Our first objective was to finish and the second objective was to get into the top-10. We were just two positions shy of getting into the top-10 but my teammate Oliver did a fantastic job and ended up in ninth. I ended up 12th because of a personal mistake during one of the pit stops. I think for not practicing much and coming into this track not knowing anything about it, coming out with a 12th place finish after starting from the back is a huge positive. It’s something that will give us momentum going to the Indy road course in a month. I think it was a great start for the whole Arrow McLaren SP team, our fans, and our partners. It definitely left us wanting more.”
Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 15th Qualifying: 20th Started: 20th Finished: 9th  “It ended up being a great day for Arrow McLaren SP and the No. 7 team. The whole crew and Chevrolet put a great car under me and we were able to execute our game plan perfectly. To finish in the top-10 in my first-ever INDYCAR race is more than I could have asked for. We are carrying a ton of momentum into the Indy GP and I think we will only get stronger as a team. This is a great way to begin the partnership between Arrow, McLaren, and Schmidt Peterson, and I’m happy we could have a good result after months of preparation. Thank you to everyone at Texas Motor Speedway, INDYCAR, Roger Penske, and the state of Texas for making this race happen.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director
“It was a good day. There were a lot of challenges with the way the schedule was laid out but we tackled them with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Our preparation was second to none, as we’ve come to expect. We rolled in with no issues and were very efficient throughout the day. We came here with the goal to finish, get these guys a lot of time on track, and walk away with some valuable experience, and we did just that. Oliver and Pato both drove excellent races and the pit crews executed well. We had a couple small mistakes on the No. 5 side that probably cost us two or three spots but we can walk away from it and feel good about our learning experience there. All in all, it was a really good day for Arrow McLaren SP and I am glad we could deliver for our partners and fans.”

2020 Genesys 300 Arrow McLaren SP Preview

Texas Motor Speedway
Date: Saturday, June 6
Round: 1/14
Race laps: 200
Total race distance: 300 miles/482.803km
Length: 1.5 miles/2.4km
Number of turns: 4 (oval)
Session start times: 
Rookie Practice: Saturday, 1:10 – 1:40 p.m. ET
Practice: Saturday, 1:40 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Qualifying: Saturday, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 
Green Flag: Saturday, 8:00 p.m. ET
TUNE IN: 8:00PM ET on NBC 
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“Finally, it’s race week! All of us at Arrow McLaren SP are so ready to get started. To be honest, it feels a bit weird, a bit funky. Everything has been stopped for so long that it’s hard to believe we are going to be racing this weekend. I’m looking forward to getting started and getting back into it with the team. I know i’ts going to take a few laps to get back up to speed. I’m feeling a little rusty but we are definitely going to be as prepared as we can so we can use our time efficiently with everything compressed into one single day. We are definitely ready and looking forward to the race. Let’s go!”
Oliver Askew – No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“Everyone at Arrow McLaren SP, including me, is ready to go. I think with the extra time to prepare, we are more ready than we were before St. Pete. It will be a challenge for sure, being my first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race, but I’m looking forward to taking in the experience and putting on a show on NBC for our partners and fans at home.”
Taylor Kiel
Managing Director
“I think Arrow McLaren SP approached this time with tremendous resolve and focus to become better regardless of the situation. Our group has continued to work hard with our trainer and has continued to push each other to be the best version of themselves. Once we get to Texas, I am confident that our commitment to physical and mental preparation will show. Our level of preparation is something we take pride in and should serve us well in the new one-day-show format. Everyone has put in a tremendous amount of work towards our goal of consistently competing for race wins and championships. Every member of the team is ready to finally put that hard work to task and show how far we have come. Besides that, we are all racers and live to compete, so when that is taken from you, it only makes you want it more. We are all thankful that we have the opportunity to be back at the track, and to be part of bringing INDYCAR back to our amazing fans all over the world.”

2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Arrow McLaren SP Preview

SOURCE: AMSP PRStreets of St. PetersburgRound: 1/17Race laps: 100 Total race distance: 307.574km/191.117 milesLength: 1.8 miles/2.9 kmNumber of turns: 14Session start times: Practice 1: Friday, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. ETPractice 2: Friday, 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. ET Practice 3: Saturday, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. ET Qualifying: Saturday, 2:40 – 3:55 p.m. ET Green Flag: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET  Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet “St. Petersburg is the…

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Arrow McLaren SP and Fernando Alonso join forces for 104th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 25 2020) Arrow McLaren SP and Fernando Alonso will join forces with title partner Ruoff Mortgage to compete this year in the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500, the team announced today. The Spaniard will join Arrow McLaren SP drivers Oliver Askew and Pato O’Ward as the team fields three cars in…

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Arrow McLaren SP – COTA Open Test Quotes

Taylor Kiel, Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP 

“The test went well. I think overall it was a good day for the team. We finally were able to get on track with both cars, see where we stack up against the field, and it was a good day. We had some issues toward the end but we worked through it. It was good to see the team come together, with all the new faces that we have, and work through an issue. That’s what testing is for. 

Overall, I’m pleased. We have good pace in the cars and the drivers worked really well together. Our team has worked really hard all offseason so to finally be able to get on track was important and was a good thing for us. Overall, we are happy with the day.”

Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet (P10, 1:47.7151, 67 laps completed) 

“I think once we passed lunch, when the track started to dry out, we started putting down some decent laps and started to gather some useful information. We were very fast in the dryish-wet conditions and it felt quite good. The first few runs on slick tires felt alright and we started working from there but towards the end of the day I started struggling with Sector Three. I’m not sure why but we will go now and analyze everything so we can come back and be on top of it during the race weekend. 

As a team, we made some steps forward. We learned some things because we changed quite a few things on the cars throughout the day but we need to improve. We need to be quicker. It looks like the Penske’s were very, very fast and we just have to get better for race weekend but for a start, it’s somewhat decent. There’s some things that I have to work on myself, I don’t think I did a job that I’m happy with to be honest. I didn’t really put one specific strong lap together. It was good to get back in the car but I’m ready to continue improving and go racing.” 

Oliver Askew, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet (P7, 1:47.5611, 76 laps completed)

“Today was really good. Unfortunately, we didn’t get all the testing in that we had planned coming into this test because of the rain but it’s the same for everyone. The team still worked really hard to prepare a different run plan and execute it, and I think we did that. I felt good in the car. I like this track, it suits my style. Honestly, I think if we were to come back tomorrow, I would be able to go quicker because I’m still getting used to the car, the atmosphere, how the car likes to be driven, but I’m quite happy with the lap time today. With more experience, I can find a couple tenths and be within the top-5 which is awesome.

I felt like the car was pretty good. The engineers and everyone worked really hard. We focused a lot on pit stops, which obviously isn’t a strong suit of mine never having done pit stops before coming from sprint racing. I think we checked all the boxes that we could. We did some of the most laps out of everyone. Physically, I felt good. We will take the next couple days to analyze where we can do better and keep progressing. That’s the most important thing right now.”

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