The Arrow McLaren SP NTT IndyCar Series team are ready to make their race debut in their new guise, following the formation of a new team over the off season which has seen Sam Schmidt’s and Ric Peterson’s SPM team partner with McLaren Racing and Arrow Electronics to form the new Chevrolet powered team.

The outfit have brought in NTT IndyCar Series veteran engineer Craig Hampson and a new driver pairing in Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Arrow McLaren SP Managing Director Taylor Kiel said:

“The atmosphere created by the city and fans in St. Petersburg gives us a picture perfect setting for our first event of the 2020 season. Having Arrow and McLaren onboard this season gives us the support we need to continue our push towards consistently competing for the podium. The offseason is officially over and it’s now time to compete for maximum points, which is a challenge we are all eager and prepared to take on.”

Patricio O’Ward embarks on his first full time season in the NTT IndyCar Series and speaking ahead of the opening race this weekend he said:

St. Petersburg is the perfect place to start the INDYCAR season. Sunny Florida, the atmosphere is great, the fans are great, and the track is very enjoyable to drive. I’m looking forward to continuing the success I’ve in the past few years in Indy Lights and Pro Mazda; now I get to do it in an Indy car. It’s great that we are going to get down to racing now. The offseason is over.

Oliver Askew makes his NTT IndyCar Series race debut this weekend driving the No.7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet and speaking ahead of the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg he said:

I feel as confident and prepared as possible as I head into my first INDYCAR race weekend. Thank you to the engineering staff and my crew at Arrow McLaren SP for making me feel at home right away and for getting me past the initial learning curve. The Road to Indy has done a great job getting me ready for this next step and I look forward to putting on a show and representing everyone who has gotten me to this point.”

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