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Undefeated designs bespoke livery for the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet at the Indy 500

Innovative collaboration between the most recognized global streetwear brand and Arrow McLaren SP creates exciting livery on Felix Rosenqvist’s race car for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500

May 17, 2021

Arrow McLaren SP and team partner Vuse will drive art and innovation by debuting the team’s new partnership with Undefeated, the most recognized and well-curated global streetwear brand and retail boutiques. At the heart of the collaboration is a unique design by James Bond, founder of Undefeated, on the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet piloted by Felix Rosenqvist. The design will be showcased at one of the greatest sporting moments in the world, the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30th.  

“Arrow McLaren SP is always looking for opportunities to engage and entertain new fans to showcase this amazing sport to a more diverse audience,” said Taylor Kiel, President of Arrow McLaren SP. “To work with Vuse to bring Undefeated, an innovative, exciting lifestyle and streetwear brand, to the track during our sport’s biggest moment of the year, is a cool way to reach new people and help grow our and the INDYCAR fanbase.”

The partnership represents a ground-breaking collaboration for a lifestyle brand to design a racecar competing in the Indianapolis 500. Arrow McLaren SP and Vuse identified Undefeated and James Bond as the ideal partner to push the boundaries and accelerate inspiration through the design of a custom livery. 

“We are excited to work with Arrow McLaren SP for the most iconic motorsport event of the year, the Indy 500,” said James Bond, Founder, Undefeated. “It’s an honor to have been asked to participate in the creation of the No. 7 car driven by Felix Rosenqvist and the opportunity to expand our brands’ outreach.”

Bond’s design incorporates the attributes of Undefeated through a tiger camo print, blending the patterns with flair and eye-catching detail, combined with the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet’s color scheme, to form a synergy between art and racing. Bond isn’t stopping at just designing the car, as he will join Arrow McLaren SP and Vuse to experience his first Indianapolis 500 on May 30th, putting Undefeated right in the heart of the action.

“We’re beyond excited to unveil Undefeated’s design for the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP car,” said Frank Silva, Senior Vice President of Activation & Trade Marketing for Reynolds. “Vuse and Arrow McLaren SP meet at the crossroads of design and innovation, so it’s only fitting that there was this exciting opportunity for an acclaimed designer to create a one-of-a-kind paint scheme for the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP car.”

The No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet will take to the track for the first time in its custom Undefeated design piloted by Felix Rosenqvist in Indianapolis 500 practice tomorrow, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. ET on Peacock. Tune in to watch all three Arrow McLaren SP drivers compete in the Indianapolis 500 on May 30th at 11:00 a.m ET on NBC. 

Undefeated and Bond’s creation isn’t the only unique design that will be featured on the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet this season. Through the Vuse Design Challenge, aspiring artists, designers, race fans and any others age 25+ will have the chance to not only design a racecar paint scheme, but to see it live and in motion on the track. The contest winner will see their design take to the track on the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in Nashville during the inagural Music City Grand Prix on August 8th. The winner will also receive $10,000 in prize money, along with a VIP experience at the race itself. Design entries can be submitted via vusevapor.com/design

Vuse’s age 21+ consumers will be able to vote on their favorite designs to narrow down the selection for the panel of judges, who will ultimately choose the Vuse Design Challenge winners. These judges are experts in their respective fields, including: Jason Brueck, a digital designer; Leah Tinari, an artist and illustrator; Louise McEwen, Director of Brand and Creative at McLaren Racing; and Simon Dibley, McLaren Design Specialist. 

Vuse’s passion for ingenuity doesn’t stop at the Design Challenge. The brand will continue to fuel originality by continuing its local-artist series. Shaunt’e Lewis will paint an original design on an AMSP racecar outside the track on race weekend using racecar parts that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill as part of Vuse’s painting with purpose initiative. 

The Vuse brand integration is part of a broader enhanced partnership deal between BAT, R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company’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. 

Keep up with the Vuse Design Challenge at vusevapor.com/design and Arrow McLaren SP on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube at @ArrowMcLarenSP. 

2021 GMR Grand Prix – Arrow McLaren SP Race Report

#5: Pato OíWard, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 
Date: Saturday, May 15 
Round: 5/17 
Race laps: 85 laps 
Total race distance: 207.32 miles/333.6 km 
Length: 2.439 miles/3.92 km 
Number of turns: 14 

The best weekends can tend to be followed by the toughest weekends in motorsport. After winning a thrilling race at Texas Motor Speedway less than two weeks ago, Arrow McLaren SP couldn’t find the same magic this weekend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The GMR Grand Prix weekend started with two practice sessions on Friday, followed by an evening of qualifying. Felix Rosenqvist had the strongest performance of the AMSP drivers in qualifying but narrowly missed out on advancing to the second round, qualifying the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in 13th. His teammate, Pato O’Ward, was just a few spots behind in the session, finishing 18th. The newest AMSP driver, two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya, finished qualifying in 24th but was shuffled back to 25th after a penalty.

One day later, the race began with a Lap 1 incident, with multiple cars coming together in the 90-degree first turn. Pato was able to narrowly avoid the chaos but unfortunately had to take the runoff lane and came back onto the track in the back of the pack. The No. 5 crew took this opportunity to make an early pit stop during the yellow flag and he was able to make up some ground on the field in that stint, eventually moving as high as sixth. However, the alternate strategy didn’t quite pan out in the end, with the race going green the rest of the way and Pato eventually finished in 15th.

Felix was also able to keep it clean throughout the race but passing was at a premium on the 14-turn road course. The Swedish driver worked hard to make up ground during the race but eventually ended the day in 17th.

Juan Pablo, making his first INDYCAR start since 2017, spent the weekend working on getting in rhythm with both the No. 86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet and the team in a race environment. Despite starting from the back of the field, he got more and more comfortable with the car on each stint. After settling into a groove for the second half of the race, he finished 21st.

All focus turns now to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Practice begins next Tuesday, May 18th and the race goes green on NBC at 11:00 a.m. ET on May 30th.

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 18th 
Finishing Position: 15th
Championship: 4th, 146 points 

“We just finished the GMR Grand Prix here in Indianapolis and ended up P15. This weekend, not just for me but for all of Arrow McLaren SP, was not our best. We have to circle back, see what the team thinks went wrong, and what we need to do to come back stronger on the road courses. We were very strong on the super speedway in Texas, so we are looking forward to the Indy 500. That’s the crown jewel of the schedule and the one everyone wants to win. We are fully focused now and ready to hit the oval next week.”
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 13th 
Finishing Position: 17th 
Championship: 18th, 71 points 

“We finished the GMR Grand Prix in 17th, tough race for the whole team and we didn’t really have the pace. I think when you don’t have pace, you don’t have the tools to go forward. So we need to work on some fundamental changes on that side. But this one is done, and we will work to do much better in the Indianapolis 500. Luckily, that is right around the corner so we will reload and aim high in that one.”

Juan Pablo Montoya – No. 86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
 
Starting Position: 25th
Finishing Position: 21st
Championship: 28th, 9 points 

“This weekend was a difficult weekend. At the end of the race, we actually felt that my car was getting pretty competitive and the pace was pretty good. We just started the race too far in the back. It is difficult because we did most of the practices on the black tires, and today was a day that you race on reds. My first laps on reds were supposed to be before qualifying in Practice 2 but I spun and flat spotted them. The day may have been long and difficult but I think as the day went on, we made some really good changes. The engineering and the strategy  team worked really well together. Arrow McLaren SP kept on top of everything that was going on and made the day much, much easier.”

Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP

“It was a tough day. It was tough for everybody. Certainly our team really struggled from the beginning of the weekend to find the pace. It’s very disappointing to have a weekend like that, obviously. The good thing is we’re back on track in a couple of days getting ready for the biggest race on our schedule. Not the performance we wanted and certainly not the way to back up a victory, but we have a chance here in the next week to make it right.”

2021 GMR Grand Prix – Arrow McLaren SP Practice & Qualifying Report

#7: Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Date: Saturday, May 15 Round: 5/17 Race laps: 85 laps Total race distance: 207.32 miles/333.6 km Length: 2.439 miles/3.92 km Number of turns: 14 Remaining session start times: Warm Up: Saturday, 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. ETGreen Flag: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ETTUNE IN:Saturday, 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 20th, 1:10.9655
Practice 2: 10th, 1:09.7749
Qualifying: 
Round 1, Group 1: 7th, 1:09.8243
Starting Position: 13th  
“We were 13th in qualifying, just missed out on Round Two so that’s a shame. I think I put a pretty good lap together, but it just wasn’t there. Qualifying is always tight but we were just missing three to four tenths to the front, so we have to figure out how the other teams did it. We made good strides throughout the day though. We started off the day pretty far back in the field but we were competitive in qualifying, but it’s always close so if you’re not on it, you’re going to miss out. We’ll get them in the race.”
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 18th, 1:10.8131
Practice 2: 9th, 1:09.7395
Qualifying: Round 1, Group 2: 9th, 1:10.0726
Starting Position: 18th  
“Qualified 18th for the GMR Grand Prix, it didn’t really roll off how we wanted it to. We just didn’t have the pace today but I think we can work to find it for tomorrow. It’s a long race, strategy windows are going to be pretty different from one to another, so there are some chances and opportunities there to make up some good positions. Let’s see what we got!”

Juan Pablo Montoya – No. 86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice 1: 21st, 1:11.4833
Practice 2: 25th, 1:11.8081
Qualifying:
Round 1, Group 2: 13th, 1:11.1370
Starting Position: 25th 
“It’s been a difficult day to say the least. It’s hard because in practice we had two or three runs with two or three laps. First practice, we started where I thought we were going to be, a little off but competitive. Second practice, we lost the car with the changes and it really hurt us. Qualifying, we came back a bit and the car felt a little better and I did a better job. There’s a lot of things I need to improve myself but coming to the road course and understanding the bigger picture, it’s a great exercise in preparation for the Indianapolis 500.”

Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP

“It was definitely a learning day for Arrow McLaren SP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We came into the day looking to get Juan Pablo and the No. 86 crew up to speed and I think we were able to accomplish that. It was his first time in an Indy car since 2017 so I think it was good to spend the day getting reacquainted with everything. I think Pato and Felix definitely showed some speed throughout the day but we were just off the pace in qualifying. We will work hard as a team tonight to determine what we can do better and hopefully look to make up positions for all three drivers tomorrow. A lot can happen in 85 laps and I have a lot of confidence in this team and our drivers.”

2021 GMR Grand Prix – Preview

2021 GMR Grand PrixArrow McLaren SP Preview
#5: Pato OíWard, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Date: Saturday, May 15 Rounds: 5/17 Race laps: 85 laps Total race distance: 207.32 miles/333.6 km Length: 2.439 miles/3.92 km Number of turns: 14 Session start times: Practice 1Friday, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. ETPractice 2: Friday, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. ETQualifying: Friday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. ET Warm Up: Saturday, 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. ETGreen Flag: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ETTUNE IN:Saturday, 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“I think we’re rolling into the Month of May with the best momentum we could ask for. We are coming off a very strong race at Texas Motor Speedway and we’re looking forward to carrying that into the GMR Grand Prix. I think we had a solid race here in 2020 so we want to build on that and then roll into Indianapolis 500 practice, qualifying and the race with the best momentum we can.”
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“Coming back from Texas Motor Speedway, it was huge for the team to get the win with Pato. There have been a lot of smiling face since then. The No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP car hasn’t had any good results yet, but there was so much potential in Texas and I think that’s keeping us in a positive mindset going into the GMR Grand Prix and the Month of May. We’re ready to get back on a road course and go for the win.”

Juan Pablo Montoya – No. 86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“Running the road course is key to succeeding in the Indianapolis 500 because it’s very different working under pressure than working on a test day. I think it’s going to be good preparation for everyone. Not only for the engineers, but we’ve got some younger guys working on the car, as well as some as some of the pit crew. They are shop guys, so there’s work to be done, but I think running the GP and being under pressure is going to show what we all need to work on. If we do a good job with that, then I think we will pretty good. The whole thing here is being as good as we can be for the 500.”Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“The entire team is excited to start the Month of May in Indianapolis with the GMR Grand Prix on the IMS road course. Arrow McLaren SP is coming in with a lot of momentum following Pato’s first career win in Texas but the key will be to build on that and push forward. I think Felix showed a lot of potential in Texas and this is a course he can be very quick at, so we are looking forward to getting him back on track. We are also joined this weekend by Juan Pablo Montoya, who will be starting his first INDYCAR race since 2017. The goal of Juan Pablo joining us for this race was always to prepare him and the No. 86 crew for the Indianapolis 500. I think this is a great first step toward having three cars that can compete all month long.”

Arrow McLaren SP extends partnership with Lucas Oil

Indianapolis, IN (May 13, 2021) –

Arrow McLaren SP has extended its partnership with Lucas Oil, the Indianapolis-based manufacturer and distributor of high-performance automotive oils and additives. Lucas Oil has been an important partner of the team for 17 years and both brands are excited to continue forward together. 

The partnership will see Lucas Oil branding on both the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet and the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet for the entire NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, along with the driver suits of Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist. 

Arrow McLaren SP and Lucas Oil will also revive a familiar color scheme as Lucas Oil will serve as primary partner for Juan Pablo Montoya on the No. 86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet for the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis. 

The race, taking place on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, will be Montoya’s first time racing in an Indy car since 2017 and first race for Arrow McLaren SP. The race will be broadcast live on NBC at 2:30 p.m. ET on May 15, 2021. 

Download high-res imagery of the No. 86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet here.

Sam Schmidt, Co-Owner, Arrow McLaren SP: 

“It’s an honor to continue representing Lucas Oil, who have been with the team almost since the beginning. It’s a rare privilege to have partners in motorsport that stay around for more than a few years and this team has a few, including Lucas Oil. As we continue working with Forrest and his team this year, what better time to announce than at the height of the INDYCAR season, the Month of May.”

Juan Pablo Montoya, Driver, No. 86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet:

“I am excited to represent Lucas Oil during the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Road Course. This will be my first race back in INDYCAR since 2017 and I couldn’t pick a better car to be coming home in. I think the red and black is really going to pop on track and I look forward to getting my first laps in on Friday. Indianapolis is incredibly important to me and I’m happy to be working with a partner that shares that love for the community and the sport.”

Forrest Lucas, Founder, Lucas Oil: 

“The importance the Arrow McLaren SP team places on hard work and their steadfast determination to be the best both on and off the track are major reasons why our partnership has thrived for nearly two decades. These values are a driving force behind Lucas Oil and we hope to continue our relationship with the Arrow McLaren SP team for years to come. May is a big month for motorsports here in Indianapolis and we look forward to celebrating some podium finishes with the entire team!”

2021 XPEL 375 – Race Report

2021 XPEL 375 Arrow McLaren SP Race Report
Texas Motor Speedway Date: Sunday, May 2 Rounds: 4/17 Race laps:Race Two: 248 lapsTotal race distance:Race Two: 375 miles/597.7 km Length: 1.5 miles/2.41 km Number of turns: 4Recap: Victory in Texas. Pato O’Ward secured his first career NTT INDYCAR SERiES win and Arrow McLaren SP achieved their first win since the strategic partnership between Schmidt Peterson, Arrow Electronics and McLaren Racing began over a year ago. The day started with Pato lining up in fourth and his teammate Felix Rosenqvist lining up in 17th, the starting order determined by championship points due to qualifying being canceled the day before.  Following the green flag, the track went under an immediate caution with an incident on the first lap involving multiple cars towards the back of the field. Felix was able to navigate his way through and further advanced himself three positions. When the field restarted a while later, Pato was able to hold onto fourth, despite numerous challenges from his competitors.  Felix continued his upward momentum throughout the race, eventually gaining 11 positions and running as high as sixth in the second half of the race. Unfortunately, an incident on his last pit stop caused the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet to spin out and eventually take a drive-through penalty, effectively ending Felix’s shot at a strong finish. He eventually came home in the position he started in 17th.  Pato was able to use the last stop for the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet to jump his way into second, behind only Josef Newgarden for the lead on the last stint. The 21-year-old driver settled in and waited for his moment, eventually passing the Team Penske car with 24 laps to go. Pato held the lead from there, winning his first INDYCAR race at the closest thing he has to a home-race in Texas. 
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting position: 4thFinishing position: 1stChampionship position: 2nd, 131 points “Super proud of the Arrow McLaren SP team. It’s really special to get our first win where our journey started a year ago. Texas is very close to my heart and is the closest I will have to a home race this year, so it’s amazing to win here. This is great momentum to roll into the Month of May at Indianapolis. We just need to keep our heads down because if there is any time to keep pushing, it’s now. We will definitely celebrate but will quickly move on to preparing for the next few races. Thank you to the team, our partners and the fans for making this first win incredibly special.”
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting position: 17thFinishing position: 17thChampionship position: 16th, 58 points “Second race done here in Texas. Again we were having a fantastic race, the car was really good. I think we managed to get it in the sweet spot from yesterday. We were running in sixth for the final pit stop, then we lost the right rear coming out of the pit, then we were lapped out. Race was over from there but I think there are still a lot of positives. I’m really frustrated because I think we had two shots at a podium this weekend and we didn’t really bring anything home. Big congrats to Pato though for winning the race. I think that makes up for a lot of it, for the team. I’m really happy for his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES win. Just have to come back stronger in Indy.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“The thing we have all been waiting for is finally here. When you go through so much change, there’s a lot of hurdles and adversity that you encounter throughout the process. But I finally felt going into this year, with our driver lineup, partner lineup, equipment and people that we had, we had everything that we needed. So there were no more excuses. Ultimately, we needed to win and we got it done, finally.  It was also good to see the pace that Felix had here. Obviously, he didn’t get the results, but it’s showing me that the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP group is starting to gel. They are starting to understand what they need from each other. Now, we’ve broken through from a win perspective, but as a team we are very strong at the moment. I’m very happy with where we are at.” We are trying to break through and race with the teams that have more championships than years we’ve been in the business. That’s a big river to cross and we are working on it. There are no shortcuts. I can’t say that it is one driver, one engineer or just a team member, it’s the total package. It’s certainly been a long process. I’m so proud of each and every member of this team.”

2021 Genesys 300 Arrow McLaren SP Race Report

2021 Genesys 300 Arrow McLaren SP Race Report
Texas Motor Speedway 
Date: Saturday, May 1 & Sunday, May 2 
Rounds: 3&4/17 
Race laps:
Race One: 212 laps
Race Two: 248 laps
Total race distance:
Race One: 300 miles/482.8 km
Race Two: 375 miles/597.7 km 
Length: 1.5 miles/2.41 km 
Number of turns: 4 
Remaining session start times: 
Green Flag, Race Two: Sunday, 5:15 p.m ET

Recap: After a day of schedule changes at the Texas Motor Speedway, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES decided to forgo qualifying and move the Genesys 300 up by 30 minutes to avoid potential weather. The schedule change allowed an hour and half practice but caused all drivers to use their current championship standing as starting positions. This had the No 5. Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet of Pato O’Ward starting in 11th and the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP of Felix Rosenqvist starting in 18th. 
Pato opted for an early pit stop that left him leaving pit lane under an unexpected yellow flag, pushing him back in the field. Felix was able to take his first stop during the yellow, which allowed him to gain position and move up to 12th. 
Just past halfway in the race, both Arrow McLaren SP drivers elected to take a bold strategy, stopping earlier than the rest of the field to try and gain position. The move paid off for both drivers, eventually moving Felix up to 2nd and Pato to 5th. 
A late caution brought the entire field into the pits for their last stop at the same time, bringing everyone onto the same strategy. Pato was able to leave pit lane in third place, while Felix came out in 12th after a difficult stop. Pato took a look at second place on the restart but eventually settled into third and a strong finish. Felix eventually finished in 13th.  
Arrow McLaren SP moves on to Race Two of the Texas Motor Speedway doubleheader tomorrow. Tune in to NBCSN at 5:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 2 for Race Two.  
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting position: 11th
Finishing position: 3rd
Championship position: 4th, 80 points 
“I knew that we had such a fast car, especially by ourselves. I knew we could get in clear air and we could really make up some track positions. In the beginning, we were just very stuck in the train. It was very tough to pass, but what a great race car. We’re ready for tomorrow. I want to thank Arrow Electronics, Vuse, Team Chevy and the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP team. This is a good step in the right direction. There’s a couple more positions we want to get but this should put us in a better starting position tomorrow than where we started today. We bounced back after a pretty tough weekend in St. Pete. We want to come back tomorrow and try to go better, and  roll into the Month of May for the GMR Grand Prix and then the crown jewel of the schedule, the Indianapolis 500.  I didn’t have anything for McLaughlin and Dixon, congrats to them both. They were very quick but I didn’t want to risk anything. I started getting a little wiggly, and we were getting some temperature issues, so I said ‘Let’s take this’, come back tomorrow and see what we got.”
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Started position: 18th
Finishing position: 13th
Championship position: 16th, 44 points 
“Finished our first race here at Texas Motor Speedway finishing 13th, which is disappointing because we were actually P2 for a good amount of the race. Going into the final pit stop, we were second place. I did a bad job lining up my car in the pit stall and then, the No. 8 car was coming out of the pit in front of me and he lost his wheel. I had to go in the grass, and we lost about ten positions. I think we had a better car at the end than we did in the beginning. So we will be better off tomorrow and should get some cars in the first couple stints. It was good fun today, but a shame we didn’t get the podium.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“We had a very exciting race, no doubt about it. Especially, on the No 5 Arrow McLaren SP car. We took a very aggressive approach and it worked out for us. I’m very proud we were able to do that and move forward because it is very hard to pass here. We’re very disappointed and heartbroken for Felix because I think he had a great car. He was battling for the win and we just didn’t execute on that last stop. Luckily, we have another chance tomorrow to redeem ourselves and I’m looking forward to it. We have two strong cars, a strong team and we are going to go for it.”

2021 Genesys 300 & Xpel 375 – Preview

2021 Genesys 300 and Xpel 375Arrow McLaren SP Preview
Texas Motor Speedway 
Date: Saturday, May 1 & Sunday, May 2 
Rounds: 3&4/17 
Race laps:
Race One: 212 laps
Race Two: 248 laps
Total race distance:
Race One: 300 miles/482.8 km
Race Two: 375 miles/597.7 km 
Length: 1.5 miles/2.41 km 
Number of turns: 4 
Session start times: 
Practice: Saturday, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Qualifying: Saturday, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET 
Green Flag, Race One: Saturday, 7:45 p.m. ET
Green Flag, Race Two: Sunday, 5:15 p.m ET
TUNE IN:
Race One: Saturday, 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Race Two: Sunday, 5:00 p.m ET on NBCSN
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“I’m looking forward to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. We’ve got a doubleheader, so we have two opportunities to score good points. Texas is very close to my heart. I lived in San Antonio for quite a while and it’s not too far from Dallas. I’m looking forward to seeing some friends, family and ultimately, we get to go racing twice. Vamos!”
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“It’s time to go to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, where we have a doubleheader, which is always exciting and challenging. Texas is probably the most challenging place possible to have a doubleheader for the drivers and the teams, which means we’ve got to be on full focus this weekend. I think Texas is a good track for me and I had a really good race last year until the last five laps. This year we’ll try to come back and get some really good points. Myself and the entire Arrow McLaren SP team are looking forward to it.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“We’re looking forward to getting back to racing, that’s the big thing. We’ve had an up and down stretch, so I think getting back to Texas Motor Speedway and an oval where we feel like we’ve got a competitive package grounds us a bit. We’re excited to get back at it, compete for our partners and fans and mazimize points during the weekend ahead of us.”

2021 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Race Report

#7: Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, vuse sign, vuse bridge
Streets of St. Petersburg Date: Sunday, April 25 Round: 2/17 Race laps: 100 Total race distance: 180 miles/289.68 km Length: 1.8 miles/2.89 km Number of turns: 14 After a strong qualifying in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, Pato O’Ward started the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in sixth. The team chose to start the race on the black tires but Pato quickly lost ground on the first lap to drivers on the softer red tires. Pato then settled into the pace, looking to gain ground on strategy and in the pits.  Felix Rosenqvist and the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet took an alternate strategy, diving into the pits early in their stint, planning to take three stops instead of two. The strategy looked like it may show promise, until a yellow flag mid-race evened out the playing field and put everyone back on a similar plan.  Felix was able to steadily gain ground, eventually finishing the race five spots up in 12th.  Pato continued to struggle to gain comfort in the car and flat spots on the tires forced him to take an extra stop late in the race. This left him charging hard but with too much ground to make up and he finished 19th.  Arrow McLaren SP moves on to Texas Motor Speedway next weekend, where the team will contest two races on the 1.5 mile, high-banked oval. Tune in to NBCSN at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 1 for Race One and 5:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 2 for Race Two. 
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 17th Finish: 12th  “We just finished a long race at St. Pete. It was okay but not anything fantastic. I made a little step forward with the car but still have to do more to compete at the front. We were able to follow the field but really couldn’t move forward. The field was so tight that if you didn’t have that little extra, it was hard to move forward. It was good to finish the race, get some points, and move on to Texas where I think we should be able to get good points in those two races for Arrow McLaren SP.”
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 6thFinish: 19th “It was a tough day here in St. Petersburg. I don’t know how to describe it. However, we will switch gears and look forward to Texas. It’s a doubleheader and a lot of points will be up for grabs. So the entire Arrow McLaren SP team will be looking to redeem ourselves.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“It was a really tough day. First of all, we’re proud of Felix for battling. He struggled a bit this weekend and last trying to find the feeling he is looking for. I think the group did a good job of rallying around him and trying to give him something that he likes, and we saw progress today. We saw his ability to move up the field in what was a very tough situation with the fuel save numbers that everyone was trying to achieve, so that was good on him. Certainly, on the No. 5 side, it was a very disappointing day. I think it really started on Lap 1. It was a difficult first lap and from there on out it was difficult to do anything with the pace of the race. Everybody was in a very big fuel save. It was kind of a follow the leader situation which is always difficult, you have to just stay patient and try to make it to the end of these stints. It’s very hard thing to do. You see some of the other guys like Dixon and Newgarden, certainly Herta, who were able to make it work. We’ve got work to do internally to put ourselves in a better position. It was a tough day but we’re going to take the positives out of it, address the learnings and we’ll be better for it. We’ll go to Texas and put our best foot forward and maximize points.”

2021 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Practice & Qualifying Report

#5: Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, Vuse sign
Streets of St. Petersburg 
Date: Sunday, April 25 
Round: 2/17 
Race laps: 100 
Total race distance: 180 miles/289.68 km 
Length: 1.8 miles/2.89 km 
Number of turns: 14 
Remaining session start times: 
Green Flag: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET TUNE IN: Sunday, 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC 
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 2: 10th, 1:00.4797Qualifying:Round One, Group One: 3rd, 1:00.6026Round Two: 4th, 1:00.3999Firestone Racing Fast Six: 6th, 1:01.0799Race Starting Position: 6th  “We just got done with qualifying here in St. Petersburg. We are sixth, starting on the outside of the third row. We had a quick car in qualifying but we just didn’t make quite the right call on either using reds or new blacks. The track was very different to what we felt in Practice 2, but we have a quick race car. We are going to be thinking about it tonight, and we are going to go get it tomorrow.”
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 2: 12th, 1:00.6291Qualifying: Round One, Group One: 9th, 1:00.9569Race Starting Position: 17th “Qualifying wasn’t good. We struggled with a bit of everything to be honest: locking front, locking rear, understeer, over steer; it was just not together. I feel like whatever the grip is, is getting more of the track but it’s kind of going away from us a little bit. We’ve got to analyze what we can do for the race to be a bit more competitive. I think in the race we always have a chance to go forward so we’re keeping a positive mind set.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Qualifying was okay, I think making the Firestone Racing Fast Six with Pato was certainly good. We didn’t know if we quite had the pace to crack into that group earlier today, so happy with the changes we made to get there. Certainly, disappointing again for Felix to have a tough qualifying session but you know we’ve seen time and time again people winning from last here. You can win from anywhere and Arrow McLaren SP will put our best foot forward tomorrow.”
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