When McLaren Racing announced in 2019 that they were entering a partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the NTT IndyCar Series from 2020 many were sceptical about the move, however, two years into the programme and they are the ones to beat.
The team brought in Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew for 2020 with O’Ward proving to be one of strongest drivers last season coming home in fourth in championship with four podium finishes to his name.
Oliver Askew played his part too taking a third place finish in Iowa race one.
Following a heavy crash at the Indianapolis 500, Askew was replaced by series veteran Helio Castroneves for the Harvest Grand Prix.
In 2021, Arrow McLaren SP brought in Felix Rosenqvist from Chip Ganassi Racing while the team has also benefited from the experience of Performance Engineer Kate Gundlach who joined the team from Chip Ganassi Racing in 2020.
So far in 2021, O’Ward has two fourth place finishes, two third places and two victories and just shows how far the McLaren partnership has come in two short years.
The team structure has also played a key role in their success with Taylor Kiel promoted to Team President reporting directly to Sam Schmidt while in Fomula One Andreas Seidl is Team Principal with Sam and Andreas reporting to McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.
The team has had great success with Chevrolet and they are showing their championship credentials. The team not only have their outfit in Indianapolis but at McLaren HQ in Woking they have a dedicated team for the IndyCar programme.
One thing to note is that Arrow McLaren SP had incredibly quick pitstops in Detroit over the weekend and with the F1 team doing sub 2s stops they are surely studying the data which has led to great success for the IndyCar team.
One thing is certain, Arrow McLaren SP are a force for this year’s championship and will continue to go from strength to strength in 2021.