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2021 Grand Prix of Portland – Preview

Portland International Raceway 
Date: Sunday, September 12th 
Round: 14/16 
Race 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: Saturday, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. ET
Qualifying: Saturday, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Final Practice: Saturday, 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. ET 
Green Flag: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET
TUNE IN:Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“I have great memories from Portland a few years ago, so I’m really excited to go back and try to make some more! I really enjoy pushing a race car around Portland International Raceway and it’s the start of the last stretch to close out this championship. We are ready.”

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“Good to be back on track for the tripleheader, starting with Portland. I think it’s a great little track that I have some good memories from. I think it’ll be a solid weekend for Arrow McLaren SP. We tested there a couple weeks back and we were strong so I think we might have a little bit of an advantage there. It’ll be fun and we are ready to get going again!”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“We are certainly excited to get back to racing after a couple weeks off. We head out west for three more rounds to close out the championship and it starts at Portland International Raceway. It’s a circuit we were able to test at not too long ago. We had a very productive day then, felt like we learned a lot about the circuit, the car set up, and the tires. Pato and Felix had a great day there so I’m excited to kick off this closing phase of the championship at Portland. I feel like we’re very prepared, that we have a good package and should be ready to get the fourth quarter started. I am very excited, ready to go and ready to get back in the fight; as I know our team is as well.”

2021 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 – Race Report

2021 Bommarito Automotive Group 500Arrow McLaren SP Race Report
World Wide Technology Raceway 
Date: Saturday, August 21 
Round: 13/16 
Race laps: 260 laps 
Total race distance: 310.68 miles/500 km 
Length: 1.25 miles/2.01 km 
Number of turns: 4
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 10th, 176.70 mph
Qualifying: 5th, 179.894 mph
Starting Position: 5th
Finishing Position: 2nd
Championship: 1st, 435 points  

“It was a very big points day for us but it is still so tight in the championship. There are three races to go and 150 points on the table. We came off a solid run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and now we have a second place finish here at World Wide Technology Raceway. It would be great to rack up a couple more podiums. We are just going to push until the checkered flag waves at Long Beach and see where we stand.”

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 7th, 177.163 mph
Qualifying: 10th, 178.928 mph
Starting Position: 10th
Finishing Position: 16th
Championship: 21st, 149 points 
“A tough break today, as we had a mechanical failure. I don’t know exactly what happened but we had an issue and we couldn’t finish the race. I had a really good start to the race, then there were a lot of yellows. We had a half stall during the first stop and fell back a little bit. We were looking for a top 10 finish which would have been a good way to salvage the race at the end. It was quite a messy race. Luckily, not many cars finished the race so we still picked up some decent points, but it’s just tough luck and there’s not much you can do about that.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“A good race for us today. On the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet side, it was a good points day after the retirements from some of the competitors at the front of the championship order which was fortuitous for us. The car was great and we executed a strong race. I’ll take second and head to the west coast as the championship points leader any day. Very good on that side, but unfortunately for Felix it looks like he had a mechanical issue that we are looking into now. Prior to that, the pace was good and we had a top 10 run going for sure. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to capitalize. We will dig into that and make sure it doesn’t happen again, but otherwise it is full focus on the championship run and getting ready to go to the west coast.”

2021 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 – Preview

2021 Bommarito Automotive Group 500Arrow McLaren SP Race Preview
World Wide Technology Raceway 
Date: Saturday, August 21 
Round: 13/16 
Race laps: 260 laps 
Total race distance: 310.68 miles/500 km 
Length: 1.25 miles/2.01 km 
Number of turns: 4 
Session start times: 
Practice: Saturday, 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. ET
Qualifying: Saturday, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET
Green Flag: Saturday, 8:40 p.m. ET
TUNE IN: Saturday, 8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“Looking back at last year, Gateway was one of the best weekends that we had, and we’ll be looking to go one place better this weekend. I think we have very strong cars on short ovals, and I’m excited to see what our package can do this weekend. We’re going to be going for it. We’re closing out the championship, there’s only four more rounds, and we’re in the fight.”

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“I’m really pumped to go back to Gateway, just to go to an oval in general. I think everyone is pretty excited to do some left turns again. I think Arrow McLaren SP has proven to be really strong at World Wide Technology Raceway and it should be a fun weekend.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“We’re excited to be at Gateway, it’s always a great event. They do such a great job there promoting the event and getting a lot of fans out, so the environment is always really good. I’m also excited to be back on the oval. I feel like our Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets are very well adapted and suited to ovals and we’ve done a good job there in the past. We had two podiums there last year, felt like we left some on the table so we’re hoping to make that right for this year and try get one of our cars on that top step.”

2021 Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix – Race Report

2021 Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix – Race Report
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Road Course 
Date: Saturday, August 14th 
Round: 12/16 
Race laps: 85 laps 
Total race distance: 207.32 miles/333.64 km 
Length: 2.43 miles/3.91 km 
Number of turns: 14
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 1st
Finishing Position: 5th
Laps Led: 16
Championship Standing: 2nd, 394 points 
“Interesting day here at the Indianapolis Road Course, after starting on pole we ended up in fifth. We gained a lot of ground in the championship. We are sitting second now and 21 points behind Palou. We cut the deficit by over 50 percent from where it was before the start of the race. That’s definitely a positive. We were in the fight with Palou during the race, then he was unfortunate and lost his engine. That allowed us to truly get a big jump on him in the championship. We think next week will be good for us at Gateway. We are ready for these last four races.”

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 20th
Finishing Position: 13th
Championship Standing: 22nd, 135 points 
“It was an interesting race. We started on used reds, which I was skeptical about, but it was really good. We went from 20th to 14th on the first stint. We stayed out long and had good pace. After that, we put on a new set of tires and for some reason it was just like driving on ice. It was way slower driving on used reds which was really strange and that cost us a lot of time. We went back to 19th after the primary stint, and when we put reds on again in the end it felt good, like in the first stint. We clawed back to 13th, so we got some points there at the end.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“What a battle today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Qualifying on the pole certainly comes with its challenges, one of which is having to protect yourself against the rest of the field. We opted to go with red tires on the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet to start, in order to give us the best opportunity to take advantage of clean air and be able to defend. Unfortunately, everyone else went with the alternate strategy and that put us on our back foot. From that moment on it was about survival. We had to run the primary tires at some point in the race against a bunch of others on alternates which was a definitely a disadvantage. After the second stint we were fourth and the rest was history. Kudos to Pato for keeping his head in it and fighting until the end.

Felix drove his heart out, but when you start that far back because of a penalty in qualifying, you are on the back foot from the beginning. All-in-all we are proud of the team and sticking with it until the end and collecting as many points as possible. It shows when you continue to fight, things like what happened to Alex Palou or a poor day from Scott Dixon, there’s always points to be had. I’m proud of the team and we are ready for Gateway.”

2021 Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix – Practice and Qualifying

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Road Course

Date: Saturday, August 14th

Round: 12/16

Race laps: 85 laps

Total race distance: 207.32 miles/333.64 km

Length: 2.43 miles/3.91 km

Number of turns: 14

Remaining Sessions: 

  • Warm Up : Saturday, 8:45 – 9:15 a.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Saturday, 1:00 p.m. ET

TUNE IN:

  • Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 3rd, 1:10.9267
Qualifying:
Round 1 Group 2: 5th, 1:11.2094
Firestone Fast 12: 1st, 1:10.7147
Starting Postition: 1st 
“It’s great to see the No. 5 car on pole here in Indianapolis. Arrow McLaren SP had a really strong test in Portland a few weeks ago and I think it showed today. We are looking to return where we belong, which is contending for poles, podiums and ultimately for wins. I think we have the car to do something great tomorrow. We just need to execute. The next session is warm-up so we need to do that, get as much information as we can to help us for the race, and when the race comes we try to maximize what we have.”

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 19th, 1:11.7291
Qualifying:Round 1, Group 2: 10th, 1:11.5340
Starting Position: 20th 
“I’m really disappointed. We weren’t happy in practice, but had a great turnaround. Heading into qualifying we had a really good car. We did a good lap that would have gotten us through by some margin to the Firestone Fast 12 but when I crossed the line there was a car 400-500 feet after the timing line. Dixon had spun around and because there was a yellow there, they had to delete our fastest lap which put us in 20th to start tomorrow.
Honestly, I’m happy with the progress that we have made. It’s good to see on paper that we can be up there on a track that we really struggled at early this year. Hopefully we will have a better car than most of those around us and get to the front.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“We’re feeling really good. This comes from all of our hard work between May and now. We came here in early May and we struggled. It was probably one of our worst events as a team. There was a lot of hard work over the summer break to close the gap and I would say we have done that. We have a warm-up session tomorrow to see how our race car is and Pato has the best starting position in the field.

Obviously, I’m super gutted for Felix. He had the pace. We had some big changes to his car between practice and qualifying that worked. It showed and he was quicker than Pato in the first segment. Unfortunately he got caught up in that Dixon spin. That sucks for him but he’s got speed and people have won here from the back before. We should be good to go tomorrow.”

2021 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix – Race Report

Streets of Nashville

Date: Sunday, August 8th

Round: 11/16

Race 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 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 4th
Finishing Position: 8th
Championship Standing: 23rd, 118 points 
“We were solidly in sixth until the final red flag. Everyone around us was on reds and we were on blacks. I couldn’t get them up to temperature and I lost two positions in the final lap to finish eighth. I feel we never were quite able to build up enough momentum to attack. At the same time, it was a crazy race. I’m just happy to finish it to be honest, because a lot of cars ended up in the wall. The race was a special one, but at least we got some points and are a bit closer to where we should be. Definitely leaves us wanting a bit more next weekend on the IMS road course.”

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 8th
Finishing Position: 13th
Championship Standing: 3rd, 362 points 
“What a weekend here for the first race in Nashville.  Honestly, I feel I did a really good job at the beginning. The team was spot on with the strategy calls that they made. But we picked up two penalties and, while I might not agree with them, it is what it is. At one point we were 20th and were able to recover all the way to 13th, which is a positive. I saved some points there at the end with these No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP guys, but a disappointing day.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“A disappointing day on track. For the No. 5, we had the pace and strategy to win. We were ahead of Dixon on one of the last restarts and then everything hit the fan for us. I think we need to work with the stewards to better understand but we will address it and move on. Pato did a great job, as well as the crew in the pits today to salvage a P13 after being put on the back foot. That was very impressive. It ended up being about damage control today. Felix ended up finishing eighth, which is his strongest result of the year but we know he has the pace to finish higher than that. We have a few days to work on it and come back swinging in Indianapolis next weekend.”

McLaren Racing opens new IndyCar chapter with agreement to acquire majority stake in Arrow McLaren SP

August 8, 2021 – Nashville, TN, USA McLaren Racing has taken the next step in its full-time return to IndyCar by announcing today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority share in the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team. The transaction will close by the end of the year and will see…

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2021 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix – Practice & Qualifying Report

2021 Big Machine Music City Grand PrixArrow McLaren SP Practice & Qualifying Report
Streets of Nashville
Date: Sunday, August 8th 
Round: 11/16
Race laps: 80 laps 
Total race distance: 173.6 miles/279.3 km 
Length: 2.17 miles/3.49 km 
Number of turns: 11 
Remaining sessions: 
Warm Up : Sunday, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Green Flag: Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ET
TUNE IN: Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 2: 6th, 1:16.0239
Qualifying:
Round 1, Group 1: 4th, 1:15.5305
Fast 12: 5th, 1:14.8476
Firestone Fast Six: 5th, 1:15.0045
Starting Position: 4th 
“Overall I’m very happy for the whole No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP team, as got into the Firestone Fast Six. It’s been a tough stretch for us, but the break has allowed us to work hard and I feel like we’ve come back a lot stronger. A bit bummed about not being better in the Fast Six but starting fourth tomorrow is a great opportunity for a good result!”

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 2: 8th, 1:16.2796
Qualifying:
Round 1, Group 1: 3rd, 1:15.4160
Fast 12: 9th, 1:15.1914
Starting Position: 8th 
“Starting eighth tomorrow. A lot can happen. There’s going to be a lot of yellows and chaos. It’s expected for tomorrow. We just need to stay on top of the strategy, keep our nose clean, make up as many spots as we can and we will see if we will be in the fight for a good podium tomorrow.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“A great day for Felix. It is great to see him up there where he belongs. We decided to make a couple changes over the break and evaluate some things. Hopefully this is the start of a strong push for him to close the season. A bummer for Pato there to not transfer into the Firestone Fast Six. I think we had the time to do it but locked up going into the final corner. I think having to avoid Newgarden’s wreck didn’t help as it forced us to go off line and get some pick up on our tires which compromised our fast lap. It is a shame, but is what it is. We have a Warm Up tomorrow and then a race to go win so a lot to play for.”

2021 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix – Practice Report

Streets of Nashville

Date: Sunday, August 8th

Round: 11/16

Race laps: 80 laps

Total race distance: 173.6 miles/279.3 km

Length: 2.17 miles/3.49 km

Number of turns: 11

Remaining sessions: 

  • Practice 2: Saturday, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. ET 
  • Warm Up : Sunday, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ET

TUNE IN:

  • Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 7th, 1.17:2264 
“I think my street course experience definitely helps with this course. It is a fun track and really tricky. The straight after the bridge, where you are bottoming out, is just nuts. I had a really big moment there at the end of the session. Apart from that, it is really smooth and straight forward. Those high-speed kinks really upset the car, but it is a fantastic track. It’s going to be a good challenge and take the best out of us. The best driver will win.”

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 21st, 1.18:6224 
“What a cool track. It is very physical and unlike any other place we go to, specifically the braking zones. Our car felt fine until I made a mistake going into Turn 3 and hit the inside wall, sending me into the outside wall in Turn 3. We didn’t get much running in today but tomorrow we will. We will be ready for qualifying, I’m not worried.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Eventful session for sure. New circuits always present new challenges. It is very bumpy, difficult in the braking zones, and hard to see because of how bumpy it is. I think we had a mistake because of that and it cost Pato a lot of track time unfortunately. But both Arrow McLaren SP cars are good. Felix is in the game and had a good session there to give us a lot of data. I think we have good cars and a good opportunity to practice again tomorrow.”

2021 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix – Preview

Streets of Nashville

Date: Sunday, August 8th

Round: 11/16

Race 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 1Friday, 4:10 – 5:25 p.m. ET
  • Practice 2: Saturday, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. ET 
  • Warm Up : Sunday, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Green Flag: Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ET

TUNE IN:

  • Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“Nashville is new to everyone. It’s the first time I get to race over a giant bridge! The track looks very unique to anything else on the calendar, and I think that will throw a curveball to both teams and drivers to be on their A game and execute when crunch time comes. I am more than ready to start the last two intense months of the season with six races remaining and fight for this championship.”

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“Nashville will be exciting for everyone going there this weekend! It will definitely be a tough one to get right first time by but that’s what makes it exciting! I love street tracks, and the fact that this one is so different to all other tracks on the calendar is going to make it extra cool. The liveries of our cars are different this weekend as well, having been designed by the winner of the Vuse Design Challenge. We have the perfect recipe for a mega race!”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP

“Looking forward to the challenge of a new circuit this weekend. We haven’t been on a new track in a long time so really excited to get to Nashville. I think the ambiance is going to be amazing, it’s a great city and there’s going to be a ton of fans there, a lot of fanfare and a lot to take in. We’re excited to get to a new place. We have had a lot of success at first time venues before as a team so we’re hoping to repeat and hopefully bring home some hardware this weekend.”
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