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The best IndyCar colorschemes from McLaren and Schmidt Peterson

Ahead of tomorrow's Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet livery launch, we trawled for images of our favorite colorschemes from the Indy car histories of both McLaren and the Schmidt Peterson team.

Promoted: Why Wickens believes Askew and O’Ward will star in 2020

Robert Wickens serves as the driver coach at Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet, and says the team’s hiring of Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew has produced an a line-up that couldn’t be more different. David Malsher-Lopez reports.

Alonso open to other IndyCar races besides Indy 500

Fernando Alonso has suggested there is a possibility of him racing in other rounds of the NTT IndyCar Series besides the Indianapolis 500, either in preparation for the 104th running or afterward.

Arrow McLaren SP launches all-new 2020 IndyCar livery

The striking new color scheme on the Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet IndyCars were revealed today in Indianapolis, with the heavy use of papaya orange highlighting the return to IndyCar of McLaren as a full-time works team.

Schmidt: Fans deserve to see Alonso in the Indy 500 again

Amid rumors that Honda Japan has rejected the idea of Fernando Alonso driving an Andretti Autosport-Honda in the Indianapolis 500, Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet co-owner Sam Schmidt says he has received no approaches from the two-time Formula 1 champion yet.

Promoted: How Hampson takes Arrow McLaren SP to the next level

The former Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team hasn’t just rebranded for 2020: the whole team has been revamped, and one of the key figures within the new structure is R&D engineer and race engineer, Craig Hampson. David Malsher explains why.

Hampson joins Arrow McLaren SP

Craig Hampson, who formed one half of a formidable partnership with Sebastien Bourdais at both Newman/Haas Racing and Dale Coyne Racing, will join Arrow McLaren SP as race and R&D engineer.

Top Stories of 2019, #19: IndyCar's changing of the guard continues its annual countdown of the biggest stories in racing with the surprising spate of established IndyCar drivers – James Hinchcliffe, Spencer Pigot, Sebastien Bourdais – losing their rides amid a wave of new talent arriving.

Promoted: Why Oliver Askew can be IndyCar’s next star rookie

Arrow McLaren SP has signed Oliver Askew as one half of its 2020 youth movement, and the team’s belief is not misplaced, writes David Malsher.

Promoted: The first 100 laps of Arrow McLaren SP’s bold new era

Patricio O’Ward, the 2018 Indy Lights champion, turned his first laps in an Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet IndyCar this week. Circumstances weren’t ideal but driver, race engineer and managing director are already excited about their collective prospects, reports David Malsher.

Brown explains change of heart over Hinchcliffe

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says that Arrow McLaren SP had intended to run incumbent James Hinchcliffe in 2020 but that all stake-holders decided to take a “long-range view” and went for Oliver Askew and Patricio O’Ward.

McLaren hints at F1 test for Indy recruits O'Ward, Askew

McLaren's newly-signed young IndyCar drivers Patricio O'Ward and Oliver Askew could be called up for Formula 1 tests in 2020.

Alonso "an option" for third Arrow McLaren SP at Indy

Team co-owner Sam Schmidt says that he expects Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet to enter a third car for next year’s Indianapolis 500, with two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso a possibility.

Schmidt: “Gut-wrenching decision” to let Hinchcliffe go

Team co-owner Sam Schmidt says it was painful to replace James Hinchcliffe in the reconstituted Arrow McLaren SP team, but that he has “every faith” that the Canadian star will find a full-time ride for 2020.

Arrow McLaren SP confirms O’Ward, Askew as Hinchcliffe exits

Popular IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe is out of a ride for 2020 as the newly branded Arrow McLaren SP has signed 2018 Indy Lights champion Patricio O’Ward and reigning Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew for next season.

Arrow McLaren SP approaches IndyCar with “humility and ambition”

The merged force of McLaren Racing and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has formally unveiled its new logo and released a form of mission statement.

Arrow McLaren SP to visit Mexico GP, stays tight-lipped on O’Ward

The Arrow McLaren SP team – formerly Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – is sending personnel to the Mexican and US Grands Prix as guests of the McLaren Formula 1 team, but the team denies that this suggests an imminent announcement regarding Patricio O’Ward.

Promoted: How Arrow McLaren SP is tackling IndyCar 2020

IndyCar’s new-for-2020 aeroscreen is a welcome step forward in terms of cockpit protection – but it brings with it some technical challenges, as James Hinchcliffe’s race engineer at Arrow McLaren SP, Will Anderson, explains to David Malsher.

Ganassi signs Ericsson for 2020 IndyCar season

Chip Ganassi Racing will enter a third IndyCar next season as Marcus Ericsson joins fellow Swedish series sophomore Felix Rosenqvist and five-time champion Scott Dixon.

Promoted: Schmidt on Arrow SPM’s progress in 2019

There were times this year when it seemed as is if Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ big-rigs must have run over the black cats that crossed their path. But at the end of it all, Sam Schmidt tells David Malsher that the team is in a better place now to make the next step toward vying for championships.

Promoted: How Arrow SPM benefits from rookie development

The rapid evolution of a rookie can be critical to the forward progress of a team, and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ adaptation of Marcus Ericsson’s talent to IndyCar racing has proven mutually beneficial, as his race engineer explains to David Malsher.

Hinchcliffe staying with Arrow McLaren SP for 2020

James Hinchcliffe will remain with the Sam Schmidt-Ric Peterson owned IndyCar team he has made his home since 2015, despite the team’s switch to Chevrolet power for 2020 and his own ties with Honda.

Promoted: Hinchcliffe stars for Arrow SPM at Gateway Gateway
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Promoted: Hinchcliffe stars for Arrow SPM at Gateway

A rookie test for Marcus Ericsson at World Wide Technology Raceway proved crucial to Arrow SPM teammate James Hinchcliffe playing a starring role in the race. Hinch’s race engineer Will Anderson explains to David Malsher how this perfect example of teamwork paid off, even if misfortune again prevented a strong result.

Promoted: Arrow SPM digging deep to overcome bad luck
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Promoted: Arrow SPM digging deep to overcome bad luck

Fate again dealt Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports some low cards last weekend at Pocono, but James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson remain positive about their performances – and their prospects for this weekend’s IndyCar race. David Malsher reports.

Alonso would be “immensely successful” in IndyCar, says Brown

McLaren CEO Zak Brown remains of the view that while Fernando Alonso's desire for Indianapolis 500 glory remains intact, he’s shown no interest in competing in the full NTT IndyCar Series season.

SPM intends to fulfill Hinchcliffe’s contract through 2020

Sam Schmidt says that he hopes James Hinchcliffe will remain with the squad as it evolves into the Chevrolet-powered Arrow McLaren Racing SP, despite his strong ties with Honda Canada.

Indy DNQ strengthened McLaren's full-time IndyCar desire

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says the team’s failure to qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500 was a setback that spurred the team on as it planned a full-time IndyCar return for 2020.

McLaren returns to IndyCar full-time partnering with Arrow SPM

McLaren will enter the full NTT IndyCar Series championship from 2020 as partners with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, with former IndyCar champion Gil de Ferran leading the program which will run two Chevrolet-powered cars.

Promoted: The dark art of IndyCar strategy

Any racecar driver will tell you there is an infinitesimally fine line between hero and zero, when the car is teetering on the edge of adhesion. For an IndyCar team’s raceday strategist, the margins can be even tighter than that, as Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ managing director Taylor Kiel explains to David Malsher.

Promoted: Arrow SPM finds the dark cloud’s silver lining Mid-Ohio
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Promoted: Arrow SPM finds the dark cloud’s silver lining

A wayward rival knocked both Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports cars out of contention on the opening lap of the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio, but even behind the cloud of gloom emerged some rays of light, as David Malsher explains.

Promoted: How Hinchcliffe put Arrow SPM on the Iowa podium Iowa
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Promoted: How Hinchcliffe put Arrow SPM on the Iowa podium

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe earned a hard-fought third-place finish on IndyCar’s highly demanding and shortest oval, Iowa Speedway, and proved that without bad luck, this team can get the results promised by its pace. David Malsher reports.

Hinchcliffe: “Shocking” that Iowa was first podium of 2019

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsport-Honda driver James Hinchcliffe has admitted that it’s shocking to consider that it took until the 12th round of the NTT IndyCar Series season to land a top-three finish.

Promoted: Weekend of pleasure, pain and pride for Arrow SPM Toronto
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Promoted: Weekend of pleasure, pain and pride for Arrow SPM

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe, Marcus Ericsson and Robert Wickens all took turns in the spotlight at Honda Indy Toronto, and each of them had a special memory to take home. David Malsher reports.

“I’m so lucky,” says Wickens as he thanks fans for support

In a press conference at his home IndyCar race at Toronto, Robert Wickens has spoken movingly of how he appreciates the support from his network of friends and fans because some of his fellow spinal cord injury patients are less fortunate.

Robert Wickens' latest step on his long road back to racing

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ driver-in-waiting Robert Wickens will never be formally replaced by his team. David Malsher explains why this is so, and why no one involved in his life is doubting that he can again become a force within IndyCar.

Wickens to demo Arrow-modified Acura NSX in Toronto

Robert Wickens will drive an Acura NSX equipped with hand controls at this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto, 11th round of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series, with the necessary modifications made by his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team’s partner Arrow Electronics.

Figuring out Firestone’s IndyCar tires with Arrow SPM
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Figuring out Firestone’s IndyCar tires with Arrow SPM

The quest for a perfect IndyCar setup often starts with understanding the Firestone tires. Marcus Ericsson’s Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ race engineer Blair Perschbacher explains the complexities to David Malsher – and it begins with the fact that there’s no substitute for on-track experience…

Arrow SPM gains validation at Road America Road America
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Arrow SPM gains validation at Road America

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is one of many teams that left the Road America race frustrated, but in a good way – the black-and-gold cars had the pace to be fighting for podium finishes. David Malsher reports.

Understanding the ripple effect in racecar engineering Road America
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Understanding the ripple effect in racecar engineering

For every engineering problem in motorsport, there can be several solutions that each create new problems. If there’s someone you want on your side in such circumstances, it’s Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports race engineer Will Anderson, writes David Malsher.

Texas done, Arrow SPM sets targets for second half of season
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Texas done, Arrow SPM sets targets for second half of season

With the Texas Motor Speedway race in the books and the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team having received another couple of adrenaline shots from its performance there, team technical director Todd Malloy assesses the race in the Lone Star state and the season so far, and sets near-term targets. By David Malsher.

A crazy IndyCar schedule and Arrow SPM's hyper-quick turnarounds
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A crazy IndyCar schedule and Arrow SPM's hyper-quick turnarounds

From the IndyCar GP on the IMS road course to Indy 500 practice and qualifying, to Indy 500 race, to two street races in Detroit, to Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval – all in the space of a month. Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ competition director Billy Vincent explains how he and the crew keep answering the bell. David Malsher reports.

Ericsson’s first podium signals a turning point for Arrow SPM Detroit
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Ericsson’s first podium signals a turning point for Arrow SPM

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ 2019 IndyCar season had seen too many good runs ruined by fate and circumstances. The double-header at Detroit, with a runner-up finish from rookie Marcus Ericsson, saw the team’s potential start to be realized. David Malsher reports.

Ericsson expects first IndyCar podium to be big news in Sweden

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Marcus Ericsson says his runner-up finish in the second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will be big news in his native country, as the first Swede on an IndyCar podium since Kenny Brack took second at Motegi in 2003.