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2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – Practice and Qualifying Report

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Date: Sunday, September 19th

Round: 15/16

Race laps: 90 laps

Total race distance: 212.61 miles/342.16 km

Length: 2.38 miles/3.60 km

Number of turns: 11

Remaining session start times: 

  • Warm Up: Sunday, 12:00 – 12:30 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
Practice 2: 20th, 1:12.1348
Qualifying:
Round 1, Group 1: 3rd, 1:11.2992
Fast 12: 6th, 1:11.0220
Firestone Fast Six: 6th, 1:24.2715
Starting Position: 6th 
“Honestly, I’m pleasantly surprised with our result in qualifying today. I’m happy with sixth. It’s a lot better than where we were at in the sessions before qualifying. The team did some good changes to the car and I’m happy with how I executed. We will see what we have for the race tomorrow. We just need to make the car and package better tomorrow during warm up to race against these guys.” 

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice 2: 6th, 1:11.4600
Qualifying:Round 1, Group 1: 8th, 1:11.5446
Starting Position: 15th 
“We didn’t transfer in Round 1 after missing it by two hundredths of a second. We had a miscalculation on the fuel, so we had to abort our third lap. We couldn’t do three laps which was disappointing. At least we get more red tires than the guys in front so I think that will be a good thing tomorrow. It will be a long race with a lot of tire saving. There seems to be big degradation across all tires. We will keep our heads up and try to do some damage tomorrow.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Great turnaround by the Arrow McLaren SP team to gain speed overnight and give ourselves a shot in qualifying today. Felix narrowly missed out on a transfer position in Round 1 after a fuel miscalculation by the team cost him a third lap in qualifying. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t get a full shot at advancing but he can do a lot in the race tomorrow.

Pato fought hard to elevate himself and the No. 5 team to the Firestone Fast Six. Unfortunately a mistake in the corkscrew eliminated our shot at pole, but we are in a great position to fight. Tomorrow’s race will provide many strategies due to aggressive tire wear so it should be a fight to the end. We will continue to work hard overnight to improve our chances at a great result for both Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets tomorrow.”

2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – Practice Report

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Date: Sunday, September 19th

Round: 15/16

Race laps: 90 laps

Total race distance: 212.61 miles/342.16 km

Length: 2.38 miles/3.60 km

Number of turns: 11

Remaining session start times: 

  • Practice 2: Saturday, 1:45 – 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 5:05 – 6:20 p.m. ET
  • Warm Up: Sunday, 12:00 – 12:30 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
Practice 1: 14th, 1:12.4982

“Today it was a bit messy during the first practice session. Not too messy, but we just didn’t roll off the truck exactly where we wanted to be today. The team will work to analyze everything tonight and we will come back and attack qualifying tomorrow. We know we can find more pace here so I’m excited to get back on track tomorrow.” 

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice 1: 16th, 1:12.7014 

“Today wasn’t the best practice. Pato and I had a tough time getting the tires up to speed and we were pretty far down the order. I don’t think there is any reason to panic, we just need to understand where we are slow. This is one of those tracks where if you find a little grip, you find your confidence, and the lap time just comes. We will keep digging. It was kind of a messy session with a red flag and people going off the track. We will have a cleaner run tomorrow and get in the mix.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Practice 1 is complete here at Laguna Seca. It’s not exactly the start we wanted but fortunately the schedule this weekend allows another practice session before we qualify. With the red flag in the middle of the session, we didn’t quite get to peak performance so there is more pace to be had in our cars. We know what we need to fix, so the team is going to attack those items and put us in a good position to compete for pole tomorrow. It’s crunch time.”

2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – Preview

2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey 

Arrow McLaren SP Race Preview

Photo Courtesy of Arrow McLaren SP

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Date: Sunday, September 19th

Round: 15/16

Race laps: 90 laps

Total race distance: 212.61 miles/342.16 km

Length: 2.38 miles/3.60 km

Number of turns: 11

Session start times: 

  • Practice 1Friday, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. ET
  • Practice 2: Saturday, 1:45 – 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 5:05 – 6:20 p.m. ET
  • Warm Up: Sunday, 12:00 – 12:30 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

“We’re heading into an awesome track at Laguna Seca that I really enjoy driving at. I think for a driver it’s really nice to feel the car on the edge. It’s a very rewarding track, when you get it right. We are looking forward to the second-to-last weekend of the year and I’m sure we’re going to make it a good one. The team and I are ready!”


Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“I think for the No. 7 team we have the same mentality going into Laguna Seca as we had going into Portland: maximize results to end the season. We want to show we can do a good job in the final two races. Obviously, we also want to be there to help Pato fight for the championship as well. We tested at Laguna Seca earlier this year and both Pato and I looked pretty strong, so it’s nice to come back to tracks where we have tested before. In general, it’s an awesome track to go to and I think every driver loves driving an Indy car at Laguna Seca. It’ll be a fun weekend!”


Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP

“It’s pretty crazy to think that there are only two races left in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. We head to Laguna Seca looking to get back on top in the championship hunt with Pato and the No. 5 team. The points lead has gone back and forth between Pato and Alex [Palou] all season long, so it’s our turn to take it back. Felix and the No. 7 car are really starting to build some momentum after a strong result in Portland. I know he is hungry for a podium or a win so I’m excited to see what he can do at Laguna Seca. Arrow McLaren SP is ready to fight to the end.”

Source: Team PR

2021 Grand Prix of Portland – Race Report

2021 Grand Prix of Portland
Race Report

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

Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 4th
Finishing Postion: 6th
Championship Standing: 21st, 177 points 

“Portland weekend is over and was eventful as always; especially in Turn 1, where we knew it was going to be crazy. We got unlucky at the start of the race when we avoided the collision that was about to happen in Turn 1. I didn’t really have a choice but to go straight. The way the rules are written, you get penalized if you go straight compared to the guys who stayed on the track. I couldn’t have really done anything so it was out of my hands, which is a shame. We were in third and came out 18th after the reorder.The No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP team did a great job. We didn’t let that get us down, kept pushing, had really good pit stops, pit sequences, and the in and out laps were nailed every time. We kept getting ahead of cars each pit sequence and ended up with a sixth-place finish. I think we had a different kind of pace this weekend and it’s coming together more and more every weekend. Let’s ride out this wave and get some podiums the next two weeks.”

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 7th
Finishing Position: 14th
Championship Standing: 2nd, 452 points 
“Today was obviously very tough. It just wasn’t our day. We got unlucky with some of the yellows and this race favored the alternate strategy, which you can see when you look at the results. It just goes to show how exciting of a sport INDYCAR is at every race. We gave it everything we had all weekend. The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP crew was solid on every stop. We are up against some great competitors for the championship but we will come back the next two races and fight down to the last lap in Long Beach.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“A tough day today. The weekend was definitely a mixed bag. The start was chaos and we kind of expected that, as it’s been that way here in the past. The race started off well on the No. 5 side and poorly for the No. 7 side after the start. As the race progressed and the way the yellows fell, the order kind of got reversed and essentially reset the field. Unfortunately for Pato, that set him back quite a bit. We had a couple rough stints in the middle of the race trying to get the primary tires to work and it cost us a couple spots and then ultimately Pato finished 14th. Felix kept his nose clean, kept moving forward and got a good result in sixth, his best result for Arrow McLaren SP. The pit crews on both sides did a good job and fought to the end as they always do. While it was a rough result, we are still in the fight. We still have two races to go and we will give it everything we’ve got in the California races coming up.”

2021 Grand Prix of Portland – Practice and Qualifying Report

2021 Grand Prix of Portland Practice and Qualifying Report
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 
Remaining session start times: 
Green Flag: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET
TUNE IN:Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 13th, 00:59.1094
Qualifying:
Round 1 Group 2: 1st, 00:58.6912
Fast 12: 6th, 00:58.9629
Firestone Fast Six: 4th, 00:58.9505
Starting Position: 4th
Final Practice: 17th, 1:00.5299 
“We had a pretty good day and ended up qualifying fourth. I think the car felt good all day. Every session it has been good enough for a top five, so that’s where you want to be. When you are in the Fast Six, you always want to go for the pole, so there are some mixed feelings there, but overall it’s good to have another solid qualifying. We can be up there and compete. It’s good for Pato too that we can be up front with him and help him compete for the championship. The final practice was solid for the team as well. It is always hard to judge the tire degradation and all that, but I think we are in a good spot.”

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Practice 1: 4th, 00:58.8933
Qualifying:
Round 1 Group 1: 6th, 00:59.2142
Fast 12: 7th, 00:58.9732
Starting Position: 7th
Final Practice: 16th, 1:00.4529 
“We didn’t have too bad of a day. We qualified seventh. Considering where we were on pace with reds, we extracted the most out of the car that we could. Felix did a great job to start fourth tomorrow. We are two rows behind, so I just think we need to get through Turn 1. Turn 1 here in Portland is usually pretty chaotic, so we just need to keep our nose clean in the beginning and try to run a smart race. From there we will see where we can pick up some spots.”
Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP
“It was a pretty good day for Arrow McLaren SP. It’s one of the best combined qualifying efforts we have had as a team in a very long time. It was great to see Felix fighting in the Firestone Fast Six and ultimately qualifying in fourth, which is a great start for him, and Pato is not far off in seventh. Would we like to be starting further up? Yes, absolutely, but we can win from both of those positions. We had a good final practice, we know where our car lies, we know what changes we need to make overnight and we are looking forward to a good day tomorrow.”

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.”
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