Arrow McLaren SP’s Oliver Askew in the No.7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet says he wants a strong end to his 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season and his time with the team as he prepares for his final race with the team at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, the only street course event of the season.
Askew who missed the Harvest Grand Prix of Indianapolis double header commented on the upcoming race saying:
I appreciate all the support Arrow McLaren SP has given me through this difficult time. I would like to thank Dr. Billows and the INDYCAR Medical Team, as well as Dr. Collins and the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, for their advice and care, which allowed me to take the time I needed to fully recover and prepare for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES finale. I’m looking forward to a strong finish to the season in St. Pete.
Pato O’Ward goes into the final race of the season in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet confident of a strong finish to his first full-time IndyCar Series season having scored multiple podium finishes this year which saw him in third place in the championship for the majority of the season.
O’Ward goes into the weekend in fifth place in the championship just 12 points behind Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, O’Ward commented saying:
I’ve been waiting for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for a while! It’s a venue that I really enjoy going to, not only because the track is cool but because the whole city is very enjoyable as well. I’m really looking forward to closing out the season with a strong result. I want to thank everyone involved who made my first full season in INDYCAR an incredible one: everyone at the Arrow McLaren SP, Arrow Electronics, McLaren, INDYCAR, Chevrolet, all of our other amazing partners, and most importantly – the fans.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Arrow McLaren SP Managing Director of Competition Taylor Kiel commented saying:
Here we are, back in St. Pete to conclude a challenging, yet very satisfying, 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. When we were here in March, we had the goal of laying a solid foundation on which to build sustainable success. Now, I look back in admiration of the entire ARROW McLaren SP team for their tireless efforts to turn that goal into a reality.
Our team owners, Arrow Electronics, McLaren, and many of our other partners have given us such great support throughout a year in which many of them were dealing with their own pandemic related hurdles, but their resolve to help us progress never wavered. Also, the effort and passion that Team Chevy has put forth has given us reliability, power, and confidence to compete at the front, week in and week out.
There is still a lot to compete for this weekend and our work is not done. We are aiming to win and bring home our strongest points finish of the year, while also closing out the season on a high note for Oliver. I have no doubt we can achieve these goals and am confident that we can leave St. Pete with continued optimism toward the future.
McLaren Racing Sporting Director Gil de Ferran commented on this weekend’s race saying:
“First off – it’s great to hear that Oliver is fit and cleared to drive this weekend, we are all looking forward to having him back and hoping for a strong result this weekend. Our main goal this weekend is to get Pato back into the top three of the championship. It’s a tall order but not impossible, especially with Pato’s usual grit and spectacular performances.
One can never be fully satisfied, unless you arrive in St Pete with a real chance of winning the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship. However, as I look back to the beginning of our partnership and think of how far we have come in such a unique year full of challenge, I feel proud of Arrow McLaren SP. Whatever happens in St. Pete, I want to thank and congratulate the entire team, on both sides of the Atlantic, on how much we have accomplished together in this first year.
Last but not least, I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank INDYCAR for their steadfast stewardship during a very challenging year, our partners for their unwavering support, and our fans around the world for their continued support and kind messages.”