The Arrow McLaren SP team have proven in the opening six races of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season that they are a forced to be reckoned with. McLaren Racing entered the series over the off season entering into a partnership with Sam Schmidt, Ric Peterson and Arrow Electronics. The team switched from Honfpda to Chevrolet, brought in Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew while cetera engineer Craig Hampson joined the team from Dale Coyne Racing.
The team have been extremely consient since the season started in Texas last month where rookie Oliver Askew on his race debut in the series driving the No.7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet came through the field from 20th on the Friday to finish in ninth place while Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet came home in 12th place having started 18th.
At the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis, O’Ward started the race from 13th and came home in eighth place while Oliver Askew retired from the race following contact on lap 34.
In race one of the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America, Oliver Askew finished 15th after starting seventh whiile Pato O’Ward came home in eighth place having rolled off 12th. In race 2 of the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America, O’Ward took his and the team’s first pole award while in the race he came within a lap and a half of taking his first career win but had to settle for second as he said he had nothing for winner Felix Rosenqvist of Chip Ganassi Racing.
Oliver Askew came home in 21st place off track having started the seventh. In Iowa over the weekend the team did a fantastic job with Oliver Askew picking up his first IndyCar podium having started the race 14th while Pato O’Ward led 30 laps finishing fourth.
In race 2 in Iowa on Saturday, Oliver Askew came home sixth while Pato O’Ward came home 12th. It is certainly a case of when the teams first win comes not when. Pato O’Ward finds himself in fourth place in the championship on 162 points, best of the rest behind championship leader Scott Dixon and Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden.