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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.”

Automation Anywhere Extends Racing Partnership to Arrow McLaren SP

Thursday February 6 2020: McLaren Racing today announced that Automation Anywhere has extended its partnership to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with the Arrow McLaren SP team.

As part of the partnership, Automation Anywhere, a leader in intelligent automation, will work closely with Arrow McLaren SP to drive performance at the racetrack through workflow and analysis of racing data, to improve race strategy and team operations.

In December, McLaren Racing and Automation Anywhere, announced a Formula 1 partnership that will integrate artificially intelligent software robots (bots) into the team’s race operations.

This latest, multi-year technology partnership for the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES, will also deploy Automation Anywhere’s intelligent digital workforce into the competitive environment of motorsport. The technology – digital workers that work side-by-side with people to perform repetitive and manual tasks – will help streamline business processes and empower the IndyCar race operations teams to improve efficiencies, reduce errors and speed up decision making.


Zak Brown, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Racing said:

“We are delighted to welcome Automation Anywhere to the team and to start our technology partnership from this season. As a current partner of the McLaren Racing Formula 1 team, we are already aware of Automation Anywhere’ s innovative spirit and ability to help drive performance. We look forward to continuing to see this partnership grow with implementation into Arrow McLaren SP as we take on the 2020 season and beyond.”


Sam Schmidt, Co-Owner, Arrow McLaren SP said:

“This partnership is an exciting step for the Arrow McLaren SP team. Automation Anywhere and Arrow McLaren SP are both driven by technology and performance making this partnership a natural fit. We are eager to get started and look forward to working together from the 2020 season.”


Riadh Dridi, Chief Marketing Officer, Automation Anywhere said:

“The Arrow McLaren SP team is fueled by innovation, and in the fast-paced world of INDYCAR racing, every second counts. We’re excited to bring the power of our intelligent automation technology to deliver new insights and efficiencies to the team’s operations both on and off the racetrack.”

Arrow McLaren SP and Estrella Galicia 0.0 announce 2020 INDYCAR partnership

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 5 2020)

Arrow McLaren SP today announced Estrella Galicia 0.0 as the Official Beer Partner of the team for the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The partnership centres on the Spanish brand’s flagship non-alcoholic beer Estrella Galicia 0.0 and extends its relationship with McLaren Racing, a partnership that began in Formula 1 in 2019.


Estrella Galicia is an established supporter of motorsport and young racing talent, and as part of the Arrow McLaren SP partnership the brand will be represented on the forearms of both drivers, Oliver Askew and Pato O’Ward, as they enter their first full season of IndyCar. The brand will also be visible on the team overalls as well as the team crew shirt.


Zak Brown, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Racing said:


“It’s particularly satisfying that Estrella Galicia 0.0 has decided to extend its relationship with McLaren to become the Official Beer Partner of Arrow McLaren SP. We have shared a successful first year as partners in the Formula 1 series launching our global ‘Together We Stand’ campaign and it’s great to be able to take to the track together in North America with our young, promising new IndyCar driver line-up. I thank Estrella Galicia 0.0 for its continued support.”


Sam Schmidt, Co-Owner, Arrow McLaren SP said:


“We’re pleased to welcome Estrella Galicia 0.0, a brand with a great heritage in different motorsport and sports series around the world, to our Arrow McLaren SP partner family. We look forward to toasting a bottle of Estrella Galicia 0.0 together at track this season.”


Ignacio Rivera, CEO of Hijos de Rivera (Estrella Galicia) said:


“We are delighted to take one step further in our relationship with McLaren and become the official beer of the Arrow McLaren SP Team. This is a milestone for Estrella Galicia 0.0 as it links us to one of the most iconic and popular motor competitions in the US, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. And we do it by being faithful to our philosophy of supporting talent, with two young drivers such as Oliver and Pato who I am sure will help us connect with the American public and allow them to discover our brand and the quality of our beer”


About McLaren Racing:

McLaren Racing was founded by New Zealand racing driver Bruce McLaren in 1963. The team entered its first Formula 1 race in 1966, since when McLaren has won 20 Formula 1 world championships, more than 180 Formula 1 grands prix, the Le Mans 24 Hours at its first attempt and the Indianapolis 500 three times.

McLaren Racing competes in the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, and the IndyCar Series in North America with Oliver Askew and Pato O’Ward.


About Estrella Galicia 0.0:

Estrella Galicia 0.0 is the flagship non-alcoholic beer brand of Hijos de Rivera, a Spanish production and distribution company with a history spanning over 113 years, which is present in over 50 countries from around the world. It has a wide-ranging product portfolio that includes the beers Estrella Galicia and 1906, and Cabreiroá mineral water, but it is also a national operator in Spain for the distribution of internationally prestigious brands. The company’s growth is comfortably above average for the sector, doubling its turnover in the last 5 years, and with its products achieving solid positioning in the Spanish market as well as in international markets such as Brazil.

Estrella Galicia 0.0 has moved into the motor-racing world in recent years alongside Carlos Sainz and great motorcycling champions like Marc Márquez, young sportsmen with a great talent that represent the values of talent, overcoming of obstacles and hard work that identify the brand. The company has presented a solid project in the world of motor racing that will undoubtedly bring with it many celebratory toasts in the paddock with Estrella Galicia 0.0.

Arrow McLaren SP and Mission Foods Announce Multi-Year IndyCar Partnership

Arrow McLaren SP and Mission Foods Announce Multi-Year IndyCar Partnership

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (January 23, 2020) – Arrow McLaren SP and Mission Foods, manufacturer of the world’s best-selling tortilla and wraps, have today announced a multi-year partnership bringing the two brands together in the NTT IndyCar Series.

MISSION® is a global brand of tortillas, wraps, flatbreads and chips with presence in 112 countries around the world. Mission Foods offers a wide portfolio of corn and flour tortillas, wraps, flatbreads, naan, pita bread, chapatti and pizza bases, plus other food products and snacks customized to the local tastes and preferences of consumers in each country.

Zak Brown, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Racing said:
“We’re thrilled to welcome Mission Foods as a new Arrow McLaren SP partner. Our partnership with Mission Foods, a market-leader in North America and key regions globally, has evolved from their previous support of McLaren Racing and we are delighted that they have chosen to partner with the Arrow McLaren SP team.”

Sam Schmidt, Co-Owner, Arrow McLaren SP said:
“We are honored Mission Foods has become part of our ever-growing partner family. The partnership is a natural fit for Arrow McLaren SP and Mission Foods as a market-leader in North America.”

Juan Gonzalez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mission Foods said: 
“We are very excited and proud to partner with the Arrow McLaren SP team in the NTT IndyCar series and continue our involvement with McLaren Racing. Both brands have a tremendous commitment to quality and the partnership gives us a great opportunity to interact with our consumers in a fun and exciting environment. I strongly believe that our partnership will create unforgettable moments for all race fans.”

As part of the partnership, the MISSION® brand will be represented on the team firesuit and crewshirts and the nose, cockpit side, in-car camera view and tire ramp of the car. The MISSION® brand will also be carried by team drivers Oliver Askew’s and Pato O’Ward’s firesuits and helmets.

Arrow McLaren SP Appoints Craig Hampson

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 16, 2019) – Arrow McLaren SP today announced that veteran IndyCar engineer Craig Hampson will join the team in the role of Race and R&D Engineer from January 1st 2020.

Hampson comes to Arrow McLaren SP with more than 25 years of frontline experience in the sport with leading teams. During his race engineering career to date, he has more than 30 wins, four Champ Car titles and two Indy 500 victories to his name.

Taylor Kiel, Managing Director, Arrow McLaren SP commented:
“Recruiting someone of Craig’s experience and expertise is an important step for the team as we build towards the next level of competitiveness. He is not only an accomplished and well-respected engineer but a strong technical leader who will be a key member of our established team.”

Craig Hampson commented:
“I am very excited to be joining the highly capable group of talented team members that Arrow McLaren SP has already assembled. There are people there who I have worked with in the past, plus others who I have previously regarded as formidable competition. I am eager to integrate into the projects, preparation, and momentum that they already have underway for the 2020 season. This will be a year of growth and learning, but I’m confident that this team has the expertise, commercial backing, access to technology, and wilful ambition that makes it possible to plot a course where in due time we will regularly challenge for race wins, Indy 500 victories, and season championships.”

Arrow McLaren SP Announce Oliver Askew and Pato O’Ward for 2020 NTT IndyCar Series Season


INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Oct. 30, 2019) – Arrow McLaren SP today announced its driver line-up for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season. 2018 Indy Lights Champion Pato O’Ward and 2019 Indy Lights Champion Oliver Askew will both compete in the full 2020 season for the newly announced entity.

“It’s a dream come true to be joining Arrow McLaren SP for my first year in IndyCar,” commented Oliver Askew, who won seven races en route to the 2019 Indy Lights title. “The new team brings together three great partners and it’s an honor to be representing them in this new chapter for the team and for my career. This is an exciting new challenge for me and the next natural step after winning the Indy Lights title this year. I can’t wait to get started.”

Arrow McLaren SP are no strangers to developing young talent into championship winners. The team, formerly known as Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, are the winningest Indy Lights team in history with seven championships and have given IndyCar opportunities to rising stars such as Simon Pagenaud and Robert Wickens in recent years.

“I couldn’t be happier to be with Arrow McLaren SP for my first full season in IndyCar,” said Pato O’Ward, who clinched the 2018 Indy Lights title with nine wins to his name. “I’ve had some great opportunities over the last year, but this is by far the greatest thing that could possibly happen for my career. I had a taste of IndyCar earlier this year and cannot wait to represent Arrow McLaren SP in the best way possible for a full season in 2020.”

With both Askew and O’Ward winning the Indy Lights titles in their rookie seasons, the duo has shown a great ability at adapting to new machinery and competition as they’ve climbed the ladder.

“With our background in Indy Lights, I’ve followed Oliver and Pato closely over the last few years on the Road to Indy,” said Arrow McLaren SP co-owner, Sam Schmidt. “I couldn’t think of a better pairing as we write the first chapter in Arrow McLaren SP’s story. They’ve proven their skills on the Road to Indy and with an Indy Lights championship each, they are ready and deserving of full-time seats in IndyCar. I have no doubt that Oliver and Pato are the right drivers to move Arrow McLaren SP forward.”

“As we look to establish Arrow McLaren SP and re-establish McLaren in the world of IndyCar, I’m delighted to be welcoming these two young, homegrown talents to the team,” said Gil De Ferran, Sporting Director of McLaren Racing. “Oliver and Pato represent the new generation of IndyCar drivers. Proven winners and exciting prospects, I have no doubt that they will form an excellent pairing as we take on the 2020 season.

“Both drivers were super-impressive in Indy Lights, racking up 16 wins between them over the last two seasons. We have taken time and care to make a driver selection that we believe is in the best long-term interests of Arrow McLaren SP.”

Arrow McLaren SP and James Hinchcliffe Conclude IndyCar Relationship

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Oct. 30, 2019) – Arrow McLaren SP announced today that James Hinchcliffe has concluded his IndyCar racing duties with the team. The Canadian joined the team ahead of the 2015 season and scored three wins throughout his tenure with the team, while admirably leading the team through moments of huge adversity.

While James will cease racing for the team in 2020, he remains under contract with Arrow McLaren SP but is free to seek and secure alternative options.

“James has been a great ambassador for our team, and for the sport, over the last five years,” commented Arrow McLaren SP co-owner, Sam Schmidt. “Our history dates back to his early days in Indy Lights and we’ve been on a tremendous journey together. Most impressive was James’s determination to come back after his accident in 2015. I have the utmost respect for James and would like to thank him for his hard work and accomplishments during that period and wish him well in his future endeavors.

“We recognize that James is a fiercely motivated and determined competitor, and we won’t hesitate to release him unconditionally to secure another drive, whether in IndyCar or another series.”

“James’ passion for the team has been crucial in our development since he joined us in 2015,” noted Arrow McLaren SP co-owner, Ric Peterson. “His perseverance and teamwork led us to three wins and an Indianapolis 500 pole position. James has been a big part of our growth over the last five years and I’d like to personally thank him for everything. On behalf of the entire team, we wish him all the best moving forward.”

Arrow McLaren SP will reveal its 2020 driver lineup shortly.

A New Era Begins: Arrow McLaren SP

A New Era Begins: Arrow McLaren SP
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Oct. 25, 2019) – Today, we are excited to formally unveil the Arrow McLaren SP brand. The name Arrow McLaren SP marks a new chapter for our team, as two determined racing entities – McLaren Racing and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – join forces with the combined goal to challenge for IndyCar success. That ambition is shared and supported by title partner, Arrow Electronics.

Sam Schmidt set up a race team just 14 months after suffering serious injuries in a testing accident. As Sam Schmidt Motorsports, we started out in 2001 with the aim of fighting for wins and championships. There were no shortcuts to success but step-by-step we achieved multiple victories and seven titles at the Indy Lights level.

Following the arrival of Ric Peterson as co-owner in 2013, our development continued at IndyCar level, with seven victories and a further 28 podiums registered since then.

Now we enter the next stage of our journey, as Arrow SPM joins forces with McLaren Racing to form Arrow McLaren SP.

What ties us together is a racer’s spirit and a fierce determination and will to overcome adversity in pursuit of achievement, typified by Sam’s journey and the example of a young Bruce McLaren. In the 1960s, the young New Zealander fearlessly moved from his humble home surroundings to Europe in search of racing success, and duly became the youngest grand prix winner at the age of 22.

At the heart of Arrow McLaren SP is a shared ambition: to race, and to win. For our people, our partners, our fans, and for our sport.

That common goal provides the perfect platform for our future as Arrow McLaren SP: the combination of Arrow SPM’s experience and knowledge of modern-day IndyCar racing, strengthened by McLaren Racing’s resources and drive to always move fearlessly forward with Arrow’s technology solutions.

It’s a blend that we have to have in order to achieve our common goals of wins and titles. We come with ambition and humility in equal measure, fully aware of the strength of our opposition, and with total respect for the test the IndyCar Series provides.

And while our people want to overcome those challenges on the track, we also aim to benefit our partners and the whole sport off it. It’s a journey we will embark on with our fans, bringing new ones to the series as we strive to grow not only a racing team but motorsport globally.

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