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2022 Grand Prix of Portland Race Preview

2022 Grand Prix of Portland Race Preview

Portland International Raceway

Date: Sunday, September 4

Round: 16/17

Total laps: 110 Laps

Total race distance: 216.04 miles/347.68 km

Length: 1.96 miles/3.16 km

Number of turns: 12

Session start times:

  • Practice 1: Friday, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. ET
  • Practice 2: Saturday, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 3:05 – 4:20 p.m. ET
  • Final Practice: Saturday, 7:15 – 7:45 p.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 3:23 p.m. ET

TUNE IN: Saturday, 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC

Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
 “Portland is a track that lately has been decided by Turn 1 crashes and strategy, so it will be interesting to see what happens this year. I have great memories there from 2018. We have one to go after Portland. I’m excited to end the season as it’s been pretty hectic and up and down; hopefully we end it on a high note.”
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
”Portland was our best race last year. I thought we were competitive all through that weekend, and that was the point last season where things really turned around for us, so it’ll be fun coming back. I think it’s one of the tracks where we come back, and you if can just start on a really good baseline, you don’t have to reinvent anything. We just have to fine-tune what we had last year, so I’m pretty excited about that. Hopefully, we can end the season on a high here; a couple podiums will be nice.” 
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“We’re excited to be back in Portland with another shot at the championship. With two races remaining on the 2022 calendar, we must maximize every opportunity as a team to ensure we are in the fight at the end. We’ve had good races in Portland in the past, but luck hasn’t been on our side. Hopefully that changes this weekend.”

2022 Bommarito 500 Arrow McLaren SP Race Report

2022 Bommarito 500

Arrow McLaren SP Race Report

World Wide Technology Raceway Date: Saturday, August 20 
Round: 15/17 
Total Laps: 260 Laps 
Total race distance: 310.686 miles/500 km 
Length: 1.25 miles/2.01 km 
Number of turns: 4
Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 7th
Finishing Positon: 4th
Championship Standing: 7th, 424 points 
“We had a really solid day going up until the red flag. At that point, we were kind of boxed in with older tires, and the guys around us were all fighting with newer tires for the podium.“

“We didn’t quite nail the strategy today, making a mistake by not pitting earlier in the race. It was a handful late in the race with all the rubber buildup. It was difficult to keep the balance after the rain. To come out of the race P4 is okay, and we’ll push at Portland.”
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Starting Position: 26th
Finishing Positon: 16th
Championship Standing: 8th, 340 points 
”That was a tough evening. Actually, it started really good, up to P13 on the first lap from P26 so it was pretty mega at the start of the race. Then, I couldn’t really do much more. I just kind of sat there and couldn’t really pass. After the red flag, we went in to put on new tires – which lost us a couple of spots – but we hoped to get them back which we did. Then I got trapped on the inside in Turn 2, and I just got swallowed by like literally every car back to P16. We have to risk it in that position. It was not our weekend; it was a tough one. We’ll recharge for Portland.” 
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“That was a long day. Obviously, the rain delay stretched the race out a bit there. It ended up being a good, but not a great day for us. It’s been a tough weekend for Felix, but he comes home P16 after a really strong start of the race where he gained 11 positions on the start.“

“The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was really good, and we had a few opportunities to make some on-track passes, as well as in the pit stop sequences. We weren’t as aggressive as we probably needed to be there at the end of the race and earlier where we had the opportunity to take new tires. These types of decisions become harder when running at the front of the pack like we were with Will Power. We were leading the field together for a long time, but you see people like Malukas there making up ground at the end of the race.“

“We’re still in the hunt for this championship with Pato and the No. 5 team. It’ll be tough one for us, but we will continue to fight for these final two races on the West Coast.”

2022 Bommarito 500 Practice and Qualifying Report

2022 Bommarito 500

Arrow McLaren SP

Practice and Qualifying Report

World Wide Technology Raceway

Date: Saturday, August 20

Round: 15/17

Total Laps: 260 Laps

Total race distance: 310.686 miles/500 km

Length: 1.25 miles/2.01 km

Number of turns: 4

Session start times:

  • Green Flag: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET

TUNE IN: Saturday, 6:00 p.m. ET on USA Network

Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 6th, 180.012 mph
Total Laps: 36 laps
Qualifying: 7th, 180.303 mph
Practice 2: 12th, 175.134 mph
Total Laps: 99 laps
Starting Position: 7th “We qualified seventh today and it’s a track position race. There will be a lot of emphasis on getting the in and out laps and pit stops right tomorrow for the race. “I’m happy with the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. I think we’ve got some work to do in certain parts of the track. But, I think in general, we’re in the window. We’ll just clean the car up a bit and see if we can make it just slightly better. Then, I think we’ll be in good hands tomorrow.”
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Practice 1: 3rd, 180.065 mph
Total Laps: 43 laps
Qualifying: No Time
Starting Position: 26th
Practice 2: 24th, 173.024 mph
Total Laps: 47 laps 
”It was a pretty rough day, roughest in a while. I had a spin in qualifying, so we’re starting from the back. And in Practice 2, when we were practicing for the race, we had a fuel leak so we had to abort the session after 25 minutes. That’s pretty tough. We didn’t get to do any pit stop practice either. We’re just going to have to wing it tomorrow, but the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet team will stay positive and see what we can do tomorrow.” 
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“There were positives and negative from the day. I think a day like this can be really tough on people if things go wrong. Obviously, qualifying was a bit disappointing for Felix. The team felt like he had a really quick car. I think he just tried to push it a little too hard and just went over the limit with what the car had to offer; it’ll be fine for the race. It looks like he had a small issue as well with the fuel cell in the final practice, so they’re back on the pad fixing that now. We’re still confident going into tomorrow but bummed Felix didn’t get the result in qualifying that he deserved and didn’t get the laps he needed in this afternoon session. Ultimately, the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet carried the ship today. We’ve got plenty of data to look at, and both cars are really similar so we will be in good shape tomorrow.”

Arrow McLaren SP adds partnership with Medallia

August 19, 2022

Medallia extends its McLaren partnership to Arrow McLaren SP, launching in 2023

McLaren Racing today announced Medallia, the global leader in customer and employee experience, as an official partner for the Arrow McLaren SP team beginning in the 2023 season.

The partnership, which initially launched between McLaren Racing and Medallia leading into the 2021 U.S. Grand Prix, has provided the team with a suite of solutions to capture feedback from fans and employees. With this extension to Arrow McLaren SP, Medallia has partnerships with Formula 1 and NTT INDYCAR SERIES teams.

Medallia’s award-winning SaaS platform, the Medallia Experience Cloud, leads the market in the understanding and management of experience for customers and team members.

Medallia captures feedback created on daily interactions in person, with call centers, digital channels, over video and social media, and even IoT interactions. Applying proprietary AI technology, Medallia reveals personalized and predictive insights that can drive action with tremendous business results.

The Medallia brand will be represented on all three Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet cars and team uniforms through the full 2023 season.

The announcement takes place in correlation with Monterey Car Week in Pebble Beach, Calif., and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis, Mo. 

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing said:

“It’s fantastic to expand our partnership with Medallia to the Arrow McLaren SP team. Medallia’s leading platform has helped us gain a greater understanding of our fans and of our team in Formula 1, helping us continue to enhance our accessibility and value as a brand. We’re excited to now extend this support to our growing IndyCar program in what is an exciting time for the team.”

Leslie Stretch, President and CEO, Medallia said:

“Showcasing the Medallia brand within our customer brand networks with F1 has been hugely successful for our international business. IndyCar provides one of the biggest opportunities to replicate this success in the U.S., and I can’t think of a better partner to do this with than Arrow McLaren SP.”

2022 Bommarito 500 Race Preview

2022 Bommarito 500

Arrow McLaren SP Race Preview

World Wide Technology Raceway

Date: Saturday, August 20

Round: 15/17

Total Laps: 260 Laps

Total race distance: 310.686 miles/500 km

Length: 1.25 miles/2.01 km

Number of turns: 4

Session start times:

  • Practice 1: Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Friday, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. ET
  • Practice 2: Friday, 7:00 – 8:45 p.m ET
  • Green Flag: Saturday, 6:30 p.m ET

TUNE IN: Saturday, 6:00 p.m ET on USA Network

Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
 “The Bommarito 500 is a race that always produces a challenge for the teams and drivers in terms of strategy and fuel. I am looking forward to going back and getting some good points for this Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet team and myself.”
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
 ”Gateway is a very special type of oval. It’s hard to pass, and the qualifying and pit stops are way more important than other ovals. Saying that, I really enjoy the track layout and the show Bommarito puts on; I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting a good result!” 
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“The team is happy to be back racing after a nice weekend off as a group; well-deserved after six races in a seven-week stretch. Now, we turn our focus to closing out the season. We have the final three races of the year, with a test in the middle to close out the 2022 season.”

“Gateway for us has always been a great circuit. It provides a lot of challenges from a circuit layout point of view, as well as a driving, engineering and setup point of view. All week we’ve been discussing car setup philosophies and the things we need to do to put both cars on the podium. So, we’re certainly looking to head to Gateway with heightened expectations. The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet is sitting on the fringe of the championship at the moment, so a great result is necessary for us to stay in the fight. The pressure is higher, but we are ready and prepared for it as a team. We can’t wait to get our shot to try to win this championship in 2022.”

“Gateway being the most present challenge, we’ll handle it day-by-day and put ourselves in a position to compete. We love oval racing, our drivers love it, the track does a fantastic job of promoting the event. We always see a great fan turnout, and the spectacle is always nice there; so really we’re excited to get racing this weekend and give ourselves a shot to compete when we get to Laguna Seca.”

2022 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Race Report

Streets of Nashville 

Date: Sunday, August 7

Round: 14/17

Total Laps: 80 Laps

Total race distance: 173.6 miles/279.3 km

Length: 2.17 miles/3.49 km

Number of turns: 11

Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Warmup: 10th, 01:16.5822
Total Laps: 18
Starting Positon: 15th
Finishing Position: 7th
Championship Standing: 9th, 325 points 

“It was a crazy race. I think last year was crazy, but this one was even crazier. I didn’t even know what was happening. “
I just tried to have good restarts – there was probably six or seven restarts in the race. It was weird because everyone went way too early and then everyone hit the brakes. It seemed like everyone was going wide into Turn 9 so there were times where you made a bunch of spots and times when you lost a bunch. Honestly, it was like a flip of a coin or roulette going into that one. 
“The No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was really quick. I think we had a quicker car than where we finished. These days, you’re happy to just finish, honestly. There’s so much going on and I think the car is banged up on all four corners. But, a good job to everyone on the No. 7 crew and we’ll keep pushing.”
Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Warmup: 11th, 01:16.6675
Total Laps: 20
Starting Positon: 5th
Finishing Position: 24th
Championship Standing: 7th, 391 points 
“The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was strong all weekend; unfortunately, we didn’t have much luck in the race. I saw a car slowing down so I just had to get on the brakes. What Graham Rahal did to me, I was going to do to Will Power. Sadly, there’s only one way to look at it and it was a big enough hit to break something in the gearbox. I just couldn’t get it into any gear. Unfortunately, that’s our day.” 
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“This is a wild track. We are now two-for-two with ridiculous outcomes. Certainly, this track is a unique challenge for everybody.
“Pato’s race ended early with contact from Graham Rahal, ultimately costing a few cars and we were right in the middle of it. It ended up being a terminal gearbox issue that put us out early.
“With the timing of that caution, Felix got hosed and it shuffled him back. The No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet crew was able to claw their way forward throughout the rest of the race to make the most out of their day. I’m proud of that group for continuing to fight and make some gutsy calls at the end to put themselves in position to make up some track position.
“Overall, it’s not a great day for the team, but I’m proud of the work and effort to recover and make the most of it. We will use the break to get ready for Gateway.”

2022 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Practice and Qualifying Report

Streets of Nashville  Date: Sunday, August 7 Round: 14/17 Total Laps: 80 Laps Total race distance: 173.6 miles/279.3 km Length: 2.17 miles/3.49 km Number of turns: 11 Session start times: Warm-Up: Sunday, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. ETGreen Flag: Sunday, 3:30 p.m ET TUNE IN: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. on NBC Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet Practice 2: 13th, 01:16.4333 Total Laps: 18Qualifying:Round 1, Group 2: 5th, 01:15.1494Round 2: 6th,…

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2022 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Practice Report

Streets of Nashville 

Date: Sunday, August 7

Round: 14/17

Total Laps: 80 Laps

Total race distance: 173.6 miles/279.3 km

Length: 2.17 miles/3.49 km

Number of turns: 11

Session start times:

  • Practice 2: Saturday, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. ET
  • Warm-Up: Sunday, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 3:30 p.m ET

TUNE IN: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. on NBC

Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 2nd, 01:16.2050Total Laps: 22“It’s good to be back in Nashville. I forgot how bumpy it is out there; it definitely takes a few laps to get into it. But it’s fun, I love this track. It feels a bit different compared to last year and it took a little while to get up to speed. It was great to start the weekend strong with the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. “I think it’s very early though. The track is going to rubber in a lot and a lot of people are going to find speed. Coming out in P2 in the first practice shows that we are focused on the job.”
Pato O’Ward, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Practice 1: 14th, 01:17.3180
Total Laps: 25 
“We rolled off the truck strong. I’m happy with where the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet is, and I think we are in the window for tomorrow heading into qualifying.“Practice 1 was a really busy session with lots of craziness with cars going off course, and I could never get a clean lap in on the green Firestones. We never got a complete run in. On a proper, new tire run, it was interrupted every single time.“So yes, it was a messy session, but regardless of that, we are in a good spot and the car feels good.” 
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Today was a good day. I’m excited to be back at Nashville; it’s such a great city. This is a very tricky track with it being so bumpy, and there’s not really a whole lot you can do to make the car love the track. We are trying to make the most of it, and everyone is battling at the moment with the bumps, braking zone and those types of things. 

“Felix was able to put together a lap on the Firestone green tires, which was nice to see him end in P2. With Pato, we never got to put a full lap together, so we will put the pieces of the puzzle together with the data to see where we are at. We feel good about where the Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets are, and there were no dramas in that session. Changes overnight should be low key and we will see how it goes tomorrow.”

2022 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Race Preview

Source: Team PR

Streets of Nashville
Date: Sunday, August 7
Round: 14/17
Total Laps: 80 Laps
Total race distance: 173.6 miles/279.3 km
Length: 2.17 miles/3.49 km
Number of turns: 11

Session start times:
Practice 1: Friday, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Practice 2: Saturday, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m ET
Qualifying: Saturday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. ET
Warm-Up: Sunday, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. ET
Green Flag: Sunday, 3:25 p.m ET

TUNE IN: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. on NBC

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

“The last time we were in Nashville, it was one of the craziest races all year in 2021. This is one of the most unique racetracks we have ever gone to. I am excited to see what this weekend has in store, and continue our fight in the championship battle.”

Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“Nashville was definitely one of the highlights last season, and it will be good to come back to this great event. This race was probably our strongest performance in 2021, so hoping to build on that and have a good weekend!”

Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP

“Really excited to get back to Nashville. The circuit provides a lot of passing opportunities coming over the bridge and racing in the downtown scene like that is great. The city is vibrant; there’s a lot of great fans, new fans and people are excited about us being there. It’s a great event to be a part of.
“Last year was the first time we’ve ever raced there; I thought we had a shot for the win, but we had an in-race penalty that ruined the race for Pato. Felix had a good go but, ultimately, we weren’t on the podium so that will be the goal for this weekend. I think we’ve got fantastic single-lap and qualifying pace; we just need to get over the hump of these race day execution scenarios.
“So, we need to roll off the trucks quick and put ourselves in position to win. We are in a position where we’ve got to finish in the top five and, ideally, on the podiums for the rest of the year to give ourselves a shot at the championship.”

2022 Gallagher Grand Prix Race Report

2022 Gallagher Grand Prix

Arrow McLaren SP Practice

Race Report

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Date: Saturday, July 30

Round: 13/17

Total Laps: 85 Laps

Total race distance: 207.32 miles/333.64 km

Length: 2.439 miles/3.925 km

Number of turns: 14

Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 1st
Finishing Position: 9th
Championship Standing: 9th, 299 points 
“Today was a tough race. I gave it everything. The first stint on blacks was pretty poor; good in the beginning and then we started losing ground. I feel like the car felt good, but we just didn’t have any pace so we just kept losing positions. The Andretti cars just left us in the distance.”

“We started out in like P12 or P13 after the first sequence and from there on there was nothing really happening as we were just doing the same lap times as others on the reds. The car felt good, but I think we had some issue like a dragging brake as we kept losing ground on the straights and it felt a bit abnormal so we will have to look into that.”

“We have to nail the details on days like this, and it seems like today we didn’t. To come away with P9, though, were were able to collect some good points. We’ll have a look at everything and go to Nashville.”
Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Starting Position: 3rd
Finishing Position: 12th
Championship Standing: 5th, 385 points 
“What looked to be like it was going to be a good day, turned out to be really tough for both cars. I got hit during the start which damaged the car and I kind of had to nurse it until the end. We basically went all the way to last place and had to shift strategy-wise. The car wasn’t far off, but this wasn’t a good race for us today.”
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Certainly not the day we were hoping for with the qualifying positions we had. Not sure what happened to Felix there on the start, but Pato got turned around and was forced to the tail end of the field. That was less than ideal. We tried to get the most out of it and try an alternate strategy – which is very difficult with the way the race played out – but ultimately recovered to P12 for the No. 5 car and P9 with Felix. It is a disappointing day, no doubt, but still a lot of racing to go in the season. We will bounce back in Nashville next weekend.”
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