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Arrow McLaren SP & McLaren Racing announce multi-year technical partnership with energy-efficient blockchain network Tezos

June 17, 2021 

Arrow McLaren SP, and McLaren Racing, have selected Tezos, the world’s most advanced blockchain, to become the teams’ Official Blockchain Partner in a new multi-year technical partnership across INDYCAR, Formula 1 and esports. McLaren Racing will use the energy efficient and upgradeable Tezos network to create a non-fungible token (NFT) platform with fan experience at the heart. 


Tezos, an open source blockchain for assets and applications, is a continuously evolving blockchain that upgrades itself through efficient on-chain governance. McLaren will build a dedicated platform that brings its illustrious racing heritage and renowned lineup of drivers across multiple teams and series to offer an unrivalled NFT fan experience. 


For Tezos, Arrow McLaren SP and McLaren Racing, sustainability through innovation is key. Embracing clean NFTs and energy-efficient networks ensures that the impact of this new medium to share creative expression is not offset by unnecessarily high energy consumption. Unlike traditional Proof of Work blockchains, Tezos’s pioneering Proof of Stake mechanism is a significantly more energy-efficient approach to securing its network, using two million times less energy than Proof of Work networks like Bitcoin and Ethereum. This allows Tezos to operate cleanly, with minimal energy consumption and a negligible carbon footprint. 


As part of the partnership, the Tezos brand will be represented across the Arrow McLaren SP and McLaren Formula 1 teams, including on the race suits of AMSP drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist, and McLaren F1 drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Tezos will also be presenting partner of the McLaren Shadow esports team.

Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP said: 

“The partnership between Tezos, Arrow McLaren SP and McLaren Racing shows our continued effort to be a leader within motorsport when it comes to innovation and fan engagement. Tezos is a partner that will allow both teams to continue to elevate the fan experience in both INDYCAR and Formula 1, while also bringing Arrow McLaren SP into a new and emerging space.” 

Lindsey Eckhouse, Director, ecommerce and esports, McLaren Racing said: 

“Tezos and McLaren Racing uniting to create a unique fan-focused NFT platform is an innovative step in an exciting and rapidly developing industry. At McLaren we are known for putting fans at the heart of everything we do, and this is another partnership which allows us to enter a space where fans can own key pieces of our team. We are looking forward to launching the platform with Tezos to create bespoke NFTs with our Formula 1, INDYCAR and esports teams.” 

Hubertus Thonhauser, Chair, Tezos Foundation said: 

“McLaren Racing has one of the longest and most illustrious legacies in racing, and we are excited that they have chosen to bring it to the Tezos blockchain through their NFT Fan engagement platform. The concept of blockchain is evolving, becoming faster, more secure, and more efficient. This requires a blockchain that can keep up with this rapid pace of innovation. As brands everywhere look to engage with their fans in new ways, Tezos, the original and fastest evolving blockchain, remains at the forefront of innovation, providing real-world solutions in a thriving and fast growing ecosystem.”  

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Update from Arrow McLaren SP

June 15, 2021  Following an evaluation by the INDYCAR Medical Team, Felix Rosenqvist has not been cleared to race at this weekend’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America. Felix will continue to be supported by the team as he progresses in his recovery from an accident last weekend in Race One of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. 
 
Felix will be replaced for the REV Group Grand Prix by Kevin Magnussen, who will be making his INDYCAR debut. Magnussen has been released on a temporary basis by Chip Ganassi Racing to drive for Arrow McLaren SP. Magnussen made 19 starts for the McLaren Formula 1 team in 2014, including a career-best finish of second at the Australian Grand Prix that year. He also comes fresh from a win last weekend in IMSA at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix in a Cadillac Dpi-V.R. 
 
Further updates about Felix’s status will be shared in due course. 
 
The REV Group Grand Prix goes green at 12:00 p.m. ET on June 20 on NBCSN.

2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix – Qualifying & Race 2 Report

2021 Chevrolet Detriot Grand Prix Arrow McLaren SP Qualifying & Race 2 Report
Race Information:

Location: Detroit Belle Isle

Dates: Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th

Rounds: 7&8/17

Race laps: 70 laps

Total race distance: 164.5 miles/264.73 km

Length: 2.35 miles/3.78 km

Number of turns: 13
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 16th

Finishing Position: 1st

Championship: 1st, 299 points 

“P16 to P1, I think we had a great race, the team gave me a great car and a great strategy. I did my job during the race and whenever the late race caution came out, I knew that was my chance to get to the front. Everybody else fighting in the championship was in front of me at the time so being fifth wasn’t going to cut it for me. So, I made my way forward, passing people, picking them off one by one and we won it.” 
Oliver Askew – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 23rd
Finishing Position: 25th
Championship: 37th, 5 points 

“Congratulations to the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet crew for winning Race Two here at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. Kind of bummed about the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP result there at the end. We had an issue with the powertrain. We are not sure but we’ll dig into that.

Very happy with our performance given the circumstances and limited experience at this track. I think we were on for the top 15 there. What a track though, it’s unbelievable, it’s a place I’ve always wanted to come so hopefully I can bring this experience into an opportunity next year.”


Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“What an incredible drive by Pato today. He was amazing on the restart and it was really special watching him work his way through the field. I obviously don’t want to be watching races on TV but it’s pretty special when your teammate wins and dedicates the race to you. Yesterday was by far the most violent crash I’ve had, and I’m just so thankful I didn’t have any serious injuries. I’m fine but very sore, so driving today would not have been realistic. We had a great race to that point yesterday, which makes it even worse to take, but Oliver did a great job today in the car. My focus is on getting rested up and fully recovered.

Last, but definitely not least, I want to extend my gratitude for all the care and consideration I have received after the accident. To the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team, to everyone at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, to my teammates at Arrow McLaren SP, and to all my fans – thank you.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP

“Today was about as good as it gets. I think after the weekend we had it’s certainly a range of emotions. But first and foremost, I’m very thankful and happy Felix is okay, and he will be returning to us soon. But man, what an effort by the crew to get not only the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet ready to run but the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in a place to compete for a win. Pato drove an absolute master class of a race. So, you put those two things together and we find ourselves in victory lane, its what we work for and its why we do what we do. I’m super proud of everybody for all the hard work and effort that went into this. We’re going to enjoy it.”

Update from Arrow McLaren SP

June 12, 2021 

Following the accident involving Felix Rosenqvist in Race One of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix today on Belle Isle, the team has undertaken a detailed examination and investigation into the cause.

As a result, the team has eliminated driver error or any issues related to Chevrolet systems and software, including involving the throttle system.

The sequence of events has been clearly established and the root cause identified as a singular, non-recurrent mechanical fault. The remedy has already been implemented and the team is confident that the issue is now fully resolved.

Arrow McLaren SP would again like to thank the AMR Safety Team for their fast response at track, along with the INDYCAR Medical Team and the staff at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital for their expertise and care.

2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Arrow McLaren SP Qualifying Race 1 Report

Detroit Belle Isle 
Dates: Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th 
Rounds: 7&8/17 Race laps: 70 laps 
Total race distance: 164.5 miles/264.73 km 
Length: 2.35 miles/3.78 km 
Number of turns: 13 
Session start times: Practice: Friday, 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. ET
Qualifying, Race One: Saturday, 11:00 – 11:40 a.m. ET 
Green Flag, Race One : Saturday, 2:00 p.m. ET
Qualifying, Race Two: Sunday, 9:15 – 9:55 a.m ET
Green Flag, Race Two: Sunday, 12:40 p.m ET
TUNE IN:Race One: Saturday, 2:00 p.m. ET on NBCRace Two: Sunday, 12:00 p.m ET on NBC

Race RecapThe Detroit Grand Prix started on Friday with one evening practice session, preparing for a combined qualifying and race day the the following afternoon. Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist went into qualifying with solid practice speeds ready to take on a physical track. Felix Rosenqvist and the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet were in Group 2 for the first round of qualifying. By only one-tenth of a second, Felix missed the Fast 12, placing him P14 on the starting grid.

Pato O’Ward ran in Group 1 for qualifying with a speed placing him P4 and advancing him to the Fast 12. The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was running strong in Fast 12 qualifying. Will Power was leading the time charts until he hit a wall, knocking his time down just enough for Pato to secure pole. A quick hour later both cars were on track for Race One of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. Pato O’Ward quickly switched from his red tires to black after 3 laps, while Felix was steadily moving up the pack on his reds. Shortly after the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP took its first pit the car hit the turn 6 wall on lap 24; causing the car to retire from the race. Felix was safely removed from the vehicle thanks to the INDYCAR safety team. He was awake and alert and taken to a local hospital for a more definitive evaluation.

The accident caused an extended red flag on the track. After the restart, Pato O’Ward was P13 and began quickly moving up the pack. With 20 laps to go in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Pato O’Ward and the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet became the race leader. The No. 5 couldn’t hold onto the first position and dropped to P5 with 5 laps to go as a second red flag was waved due to Grosjean hitting a wall. Thanks to the restart, Pato O’Ward was able to move up two positions to third, securing his third podium of the season.Race two of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Doubleheader will be tomorrow, Sunday, June 13th. Live on NBC at 12:00 PM ET
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Start Position: 1st
Finish Position: 3rd
Championship Position: 2nd, 248 points 

“We’re done with Race One here at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix; started off from the pole and ended in third. Unfortunately, yellows didn’t fall in our favor today, but the guys did fantastic in the pit stops. I really fought my way through the field mid-way through the race, that ultimately gave us this podium. Tomorrow we will try to repeat the qualifying with what we did today which was a pole and maybe we can get that win for Team Chevy.”


Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Start Position: 14th
Finish Position: 25th
Championship Position: 23rd, 87 points
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Obviously, our thoughts are with Felix, I’ve spoken to him and he’s in good spirits and feels okay; he’ll no doubt be sore. We’re happy that he’s okay after the hit he took. He was certainly on for a good race, so we are very proud of the effort on that side. Pato drove a great race, the first red flag did not fall our way, it actually hurt us quite a bit, but he drove brilliantly and got us into a position to compete for a win. Happy with a podium certainly thinking about Felix and can’t wait till he’s better. All in all, we are focused on tomorrow and trying to get the best result we can.”

Oliver Askew to pilot No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in Race Two of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

Askew will fill in for Felix Rosenqvist, who is being held overnight for evaluation at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital

June 12, 2021 

Oliver Askew will pilot the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in Race Two of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday. Askew will be filling in for Arrow McLaren SP driver Felix Rosenqvist, who is being held overnight at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital following an accident in Race One of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

Rosenqvist is being observed overnight prior to discharge, after being sent to the hospital for advanced imaging and evaluation by the trauma and neurological teams at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital. Evaluation revealed no life or limb threatening injuries and he is awake and alert.

Askew made 12 starts for Arrow McLaren SP as an NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie in 2020, including a career-high finish of third at Race One of the Iowa 300. He will join Pato O’Ward, who finished third in Race One in Detroit.

Race Two of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix goes green tomorrow, Sunday, June 13, on NBC at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Updates on Felix’s recovery and his status for the REV Group Grand Prix in Road America, which takes place on Sunday, June 20, will be shared in due course.

A medical update on Felix Rosenqvist

The driver of the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet has no life or limb threatening injuries and will be held overnight at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital.

June 12, 2021

Following an incident in Race One of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix today on Belle Isle, Felix Rosenqvist will be held overnight for observation at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital.

Statement from Dr. Geoffery Billows, INDYCAR Medical Director:

“Following his crash during the race Felix Rosenqvist received an initial evaluation at the infield care center at Chevrolet Dertroit Grand Prix. He was then transferred to Detroit Receiving Hospital for advanced imaging and evaluation by the trauma and neurological services. Evaluation revealed no life or limb threatening injuries, he remains awake and alert, he will be observed overnight prior to discharge from the hospital.”

Arrow McLaren SP would like to thank the AMR Safety Team for their fast response at track, along with the INDYCAR Medical Team and the staff at DMC Detroit Hospital for their expertise and care.

Updates on Felix’s recovery and the status of the No. 7 car in Race Two of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will be shared in due course. 

2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Arrow McLaren SP Practice Report

Detroit Belle Isle 
Dates: Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th 
Rounds: 7&8/17 
Race laps: 70 laps 
Total race distance: 164.5 miles/264.73 km 
Length: 2.35 miles/3.78 km 
Number of turns: 13 
Session start times: Practice: Friday, 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. ET
Qualifying, Race One: Saturday, 11:00 – 11:40 a.m. ET 
Green Flag, Race One : Saturday, 2:00 p.m. ET
Qualifying, Race Two: Sunday, 9:15 – 9:55 a.m ET
Green Flag, Race Two: Sunday, 12:40 p.m ET
TUNE IN:
Race One: Saturday, 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Race Two: Sunday, 12:00 p.m ET on NBC
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 3rd, 1:17.5143
Laps Completed: 22 “
It’s been a solid start to the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. I forgot how bumpy this place is but it’s got a lot of character. It’s fun and physical out there. It’s going to be hot in the race especially with the aeroscreen and it will be very interesting to see how the track evolves tomorrow with the tires. Especially as it’s been a little colder with this practice at the peak of track temperature. It will be good to see tomorrow what we’ve got but we’ve started off well and need to keep it that way!”


Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice: 14th, 1:18.7542 mph
Total Laps: 23 “The No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet felt pretty good today. It was quite a messy run and there is only one practice this weekend, so every team was out on track trying to do laps. We didn’t get a lap on the reds at all but I think we have a good car and can fight at the front for qualifying. We just have to put it all together tomorrow!” Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Belle Isle track is one the shortest street course we go to all year, there’s never a good gap on track. It’s always really busy, really messy, super bumpy; so it’s kind of just survival and finding a clean spot on track that gives you the best opportunity to put a lap together. We were able to do that with Pato, that’s why he’s up on the time charts; but he’s got a good car too. I think Felix is comfortable, I think he’s got a good car to work with. Tomorrow will be interesting with the qualifying format being a little different but we unloaded in the ball park which is huge here, so I’m looking for good things tomorrow.

2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Arrow McLaren SP Race Preview

#5: Pato OíWard, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Detroit Belle Isle 
Dates: Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th 
Rounds: 7&8/17 
Race laps: 70 laps 
Total race distance: 164.5 miles/264.73 km 
Length: 2.35 miles/3.78 km 
Number of turns: 13 

Session start times: 
Practice: Friday, 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. ET
Qualifying, Race One: Saturday, 11:00 – 11:40 a.m. ET 
Green Flag, Race One : Saturday, 2:00 p.m. ET
Qualifying, Race Two: Sunday, 9:15 – 9:55 a.m ET
Green Flag, Race Two: Sunday, 12:40 p.m ET
TUNE IN:Race One: Saturday, 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Race Two: Sunday, 12:00 p.m ET on NBC
Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
“It was really nice to get a week off after the Indianapolis 500 and I am looking forward to the doubleheader in Detroit. It is a track that I enjoy; I think it has a lot of character. We’re really looking forward to having two strong results there to keep on our charge in the fight for the championship. I think the team and I have a great opportunity this weekend to make something really good happen for Chevrolet at their home race.”


Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“I think everyone is pretty pumped to go back to Detroit. We haven’t been there since 2019. I think it’s a fun place, there’s a lot that can happen in two days, in two races. I think it’s nice to be back on a doubleheader as well and try to get some traction in the championship standings. Last time we were on a street track we had a little bit of a tough weekend across the team, hopefully we can turn that around. I know everyone has been working quite hard to improve on street courses following St. Petersburg. Arrow McLaren SP should be ready to go for a good result.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Looking forward to returning to the streets of Belle Isle after a year away. We’ve had some success here in the past and are excited for another opportunity to collect valuable points.  The doubleheader format always presents a tremendous challenge to the men and women of Arrow McLaren SP, but I know we will arrive prepared to face any obstacle in our way.  This one also happens to be the home race for Chevrolet, so we will be working very hard to secure a great result for them and all of our partners.”

Race Report – 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500

Race Information:

Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Date: Sunday, May 30th

Round: 6/17

Race laps: 200 laps

Total race distance: 500 miles/804.67 km

Length: 2.5 miles/4.02 km

Number of turns: 4

Race Report:

The atmosphere was back at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, as fans were once again in attendance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The energy from the crowd was matched only by the action on track, as Arrow McLaren SP challenged for the race. 

Pato O’Ward started the race in 12th with his teammate Felix Rosenqvist, who started the race behind him in 14th. The pair quickly settled into a groove in the early stages of the race, running in tandem with Felix 11th and Pato 12th. 

Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya, making his first indy 500 since 2017, gained three spots on the first lap moving from 24th to 21st. Juan Pablo continued to make up ground the entire race, eventually finding his way into the top 10. 

During the second round of pit stops, Felix came into pit lane too fast and was issued a pit-speed violation, resulting in a drive-through penalty. This put the Swedish driver at the back of the field, where he was forced to start from scratch. 

Following a yellow flag in the second half of the race, Felix and the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP team elected to take a different strategy, hoping further yellow flags could get them to the end with one-less pit stop then the rest of the field. Those yellows did not come, and after leading 13 laps, he was forced to pit with just seven laps to go. He ended up finishing the race in 27th. 

Juan Pablo continued to have a strong race in the No. 86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, running as high as eighth. However, working through the pack proved difficult, and he eventually finished in ninth. 

Pato quickly made his way to the front in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, leading his first lap on Lap 78. He would go on to lead 17 laps over the course of the race, consistently keeping himself in the top three. In the end, he couldn’t quite retake the lead, and finished in fourth. 

As the Indianapolis 500 being double points, Pato O’Ward’s strong result moves him to third in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Championship, just one point behind Scott Dixon in second. He will look to continue his fight for the Astor Cup in Detroit with a pair of races on June 12 and 13. Tune in for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix races on Saturday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC and on Sunday, June 13 at 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

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

Starting Position: 12th

Finishing Position: 4th

Championship: 3rd, 211 points

“The 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is complete and we finished fourth. We were in the fight all day. I think we had a perfect race, we just weren’t fast enough in the end. When they let us loose, I couldn’t quite catch Alex [Palou] and Helio [Castroneves]. We’ve got work to do for when we come back next year. Obviously, it burns a little bit to lose the third position in the last lap but I was trying everything I could to try and win this thing for the Arrow McLaren SP team. We will come back next race and hopefully do better. We should be very proud of the work we did but there is definitely more to be done.” 

Juan Pablo Montoya – No. 86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Starting Position: 24th

Finishing Position: 9th

Championship: 27th, 53 points

“It was a good day for Arrow McLaren SP. It was a lot of fun and we had a really good car. We had great strategy and a great race car. It’s a shame, we were ahead of Simon [Pagenaud] most of the day the No. 22 car and he finished third. We definitely had the car to be in the top five. We race hard, we try hard and we do the best we can. For being a one off race, it’s been pretty cool. Big thanks to the Arrow McLaren SP team.”

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Starting Position: 14th

Finishing Position: 27th

Championship: 20th, 82 points

“Disappointing result, today wasn’t a great day but we had a good car. We made up a few spots in the start but had some small shifting issues in the beginning and it cost us a little bit in the pits. In one pit stop, I went a fraction of a mile per hour too quick in the pit lane and had to do a drive-through penalty. From there, we were out of the game a little bit. I thought we fought back well, we gambled on a fuel save strategy to give us a yellow win the end but it didn’t come, that was it. Great effort from the Arrow McLaren SP team and can’t wait for the next race.”

Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP

“First of all, it was a great day to have the fans back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The fans add a whole new dimension that we certainly didn’t have last year. Personally, it was great to see all the pre-race festivities back and for the team it was good to be a part of that experience again.

As for the race itself, I think it was three different races. Pato had a great car from the beginning, we had a really good pit stop on the first yellow that jumped us up into the top seven or eight cars and from there it was just a constant progression to the front of the field. He was strong all day and it certainly was not the ending we would have liked. I think we did everything as a team to put ourselves in a position to have a shot at the win. We just couldn’t catch the two guys in front of us so that was disappointing and obviously lost a spot on the last lap to finish fourth.

Felix’s drive through penalty destroyed his day. He had a really good car but when you have a penalty and get shuffled back it’s hard to recover. Juan Pablo Montoya just kept plugging his way through and got us a top ten. All in all for the Arrow McLaren SP team, I’m very happy. Everyone executed at a very high level. You’re just always disappointed when you come here and don’t win. Ready to have another shot at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix!”

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