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Arrow McLaren SP releases liveries for O’Ward and Rosenqvist

Today, Arrow McLaren SP released the liveries for the No. 5 and No. 7 that will be piloted by Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist. The biggest change between last year, is the blue replacing the black on Rosenqvist’s machine.

The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet that Pato O’Ward will pilot (Photo Courtesy of Arrow McLaren SP)

The No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet that Felix Rosenqvist will pilot (Photo Courtesy of Arrow McLaren SP

Arrow McLaren SP and Vuse announce multi-year partnership agreement

Arrow McLaren SP and Vuse announce multi-year partnership agreement

Arrow McLaren SP and Vuse extend their INDYCAR partnership to keep accelerating with excellence in technology, innovation, design and quality. 

Indianapolis, IN (Feb. 23, 2021) – 

Arrow McLaren SP and Vuse will continue to charge beyond with a new, multi-year INDYCAR agreement and partnership expansion that includes enhanced activation and assets, and a new Vuse-titled livery on the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. 

Vuse’s INDYCAR partnership with Arrow McLaren SP aligns to the brands’ passion for innovation through impactful collaborations designed to fuel creativity. The partnership will continue to focus on driving innovation and inspiring compelling content from both brands through the unique collaboration.

Coming on the heels of last year’s partnership, which drove innovation for both brands despite the year’s challenges, Vuse and Arrow McLaren SP’s new multi-year agreement is turning up their collaboration with enhanced branding on the No. 5 and No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets and two annual custom-designed livery paint schemes throughout the season.

“This commitment by Vuse to Arrow McLaren SP is great news for the team and the sport, as we seek to grow the INDYCAR adult fanbase for the future. We are working on several engaging collaborations together that we can’t wait for the fans to be part of this year,” said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown. “Bringing a major consumer brand into the team and into the series is positive for everyone.”

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with Arrow McLaren SP in the 2021 racing season and beyond,” said Jorge Araya, Chief Marketing Officer for Reynolds. “AMSP and Vuse share a passion for technology and innovation, which are both integral to our overall goal of creating shared value for consumers, society, employees and stakeholders.”

Arrow McLaren SP and Vuse are also united in their commitment to supporting those in need. Vuse is excited to continue giving back to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN), founded by AMSP co-owner Sam Schmidt. The brand announced multi-year partnerships with both organizations in 2020 and continues to be inspired by their missions. 

“The entire Arrow McLaren SP team is thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Vuse for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season and beyond,” said Schmidt. “Vuse has been incredibly generous not only to support Arrow McLaren SP but in joining us to support DAV and CPN, who are bettering the lives of disabled veterans and people with paralysis. Those are both causes that are especially close to our hearts.”

The Vuse brand integration is part of a broader enhanced partnership deal between BAT, RJRVC’s ultimate parent group, and McLaren Racing, as a continuation of the global partnership with the McLaren Formula 1 team, of which BAT is a Principal Partner.

The partnership is rooted in a shared passion for excellence in technology, innovation, design and quality. Arrow McLaren SP and RJRVC also have best practice processes and respective industry expertise in common.

Arrow McLaren SP and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES open the season on April 18th at Barber Motorsports Park on NBC. 

Source: Team PR

Taylor Kiel appointed President of Arrow McLaren SP
|Photographer: Taylor Robbins|Event: 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500|Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway|Location: Speedway, Indiana|Series: NTT IndyCar Series|Country: United States|Session: final practice|Team: Arrow McLaren SP|
 January 19, 2021Arrow McLaren SP has appointed Taylor Kiel to the position of President, with Kiel stepping up from his previous role as Managing Director, Competition. The new position will see Kiel oversee operations of the whole company, including both the competition and commercial sides of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES team.

Kiel, a native of Indianapolis, joined the organization as a junior mechanic in 2007 after graduating from Indiana University, back when Arrow McLaren SP was a championship-winning Indy Lights team owned by Sam Schmidt. Since then, he has grown alongside the team, learning every step of the way. 

“This is the next natural step for Taylor and for the evolution of the team,” said Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt. “I’ll never forget him showing up to the shop 14 years ago, without any tools, looking for a job in racing. He started pushing a broom and has excelled in every position from mechanic to Car Chief to IndyCar Team Manager and now President, learning and applying knowledge from some of the best in the industry. We are incredibly proud of the leader he has become.”

In 2020, Kiel led Arrow McLaren SP to a top-five finish in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship with Pato O’Ward. This next step in his career comes after more than a decade of earned trust and proven results. 

“I want to thank Sam and Ric for giving me the opportunity to lead this team at a higher level,” said Kiel. “Last year we showed our ability to grow and improve as a team, both competitively and commercially. This year we continue our journey towards becoming one of the top INDYCAR teams, on and off the track.”

Arrow McLaren SP will field two full-time entries in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season: the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet piloted by Pato O’Ward, and the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet piloted by Felix Rosenqvist, with Juan Pablo Montoya joining the team for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. 

Kiel will remain the strategist for the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, continuing to guide O’Ward on track during race weekends. Arrow McLaren SP will start the season on April 11th at Barber Motorsportsports Park in Alabama. Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube at @ArrowMcLarenSP. 

Juan Pablo Montoya to join Arrow McLaren SP for the Indianapolis 500

Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya will join Arrow McLaren SP to contest the 105th Running of the greatest spectacle in racing. 

“I’m very excited to be joining Arrow McLaren SP for the Indianapolis 500,” said Montoya. “I have some great history with McLaren from my F1 days and I’m looking forward to making some more at next year’s Indianapolis 500.”

Montoya will pilot the third Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet to team up with Arrow McLaren SP full-time drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist. This will be Montoya’s first attempt at the Indianapolis 500 since 2017, when he finished sixth. 

“Arrow McLaren SP is thrilled to have a driver of Juan’s caliber join the team for next year’s Indianapolis 500,” said Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt. He continued: “His experience will elevate the entire team, including our young, talented lineup of Pato and Felix. When you think that he’s only started the Indy 500 five times but won it twice, that’s impressive.”

Montoya won his first Indianapolis 500 as a rookie in 2000 and his second 15 years later. He isn’t new to McLaren Racing, having raced for the team in Formula One in 2005 and 2006. 

“I’m delighted for Juan to rejoin the McLaren family and return to the Indianapolis 500 with Arrow McLaren SP,” said Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing. “He is an intensely competitive, highly versatile driver, with deep experience at the top level of motorsport and a big following. Having him with us at the 500 next year will be great for the team and INDYCAR fans everywhere.”

The Colombian driver’s resume includes championships in CART and IMSA, with wins in the NTT INDYCAR Series, Formula One and NASCAR. Montoya will team up with veteran engineer Craig Hampson to compete for his third spot on the coveted Borg-Warner Trophy. 

The 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place on May 30, 2021 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Follow along with Arrow McLaren SP all season long on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube at @ArrowMcLarenSP. 

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.”
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