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Arrow McLaren SP made IndyCar headlines forward of the 2020 season when it made the daring choice to signal two near-rookies to its lineup as a substitute of veteran James Hinchcliffe. Now, the workforce has achieved one thing related in opting towards re-signing No. 7 driver Oliver Askew in change for Patricio O’Ward and, reportedly, Felix Rosenqvist.
Askew’s future at Arrow McLaren has been up within the air for some time, however his lack of ability to contest a number of races as a result of concussion-like signs that he tried to masks after an Indy 500 crash appeared to seal the deal. Previous to that, he’d secured a podium and led the rookie standings for the 2020 season—a reasonably spectacular feat in a 12 months of chaos and decreased monitor time for nearly everybody.
“We consider that Oliver has an excessive amount of expertise and potential for the long run,” workforce co-owner Sam Schmidt mentioned. “He has had an extremely troublesome rookie 12 months, with an absence of total monitor time and up to date medical points. We need to give Oliver the time to pursue new alternatives for 2021.”
If he’s medically cleared to race, Askew will contest subsequent weekend’s season finale at St. Petersburg, which might be his residence race. If not, it’s probably that Helio Castroneves will take his seat once more.
In actual fact, many individuals—myself included—had pegged Castroneves as a logical substitute for Askew in 2021. Arrow McLaren SP may benefit from the expertise of a veteran driver, and Castroneves has been trying to land a seat exterior of Staff Penske subsequent 12 months.
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So the announcement that present Chip Ganassi Racing driver Felix Rosenqvist could be taking up Askew’s seat got here as one thing of a shock. Not less than, that’s what rumor is telling us—CGR is concerned about Rosenqvist, however a number of different sources are signaling that he’ll companion O’Ward.
It will be an excellent get by Arrow McLaren. Rosenqvist continues to be pretty new, however he’s actually grown as a driver since his IndyCar debut in 2021. No, he’s not fairly on the extent of his teammate Scott Dixon, however he’s put up a rattling good struggle towards the championship chief this 12 months and has 2019 gained his first race. He has an extended future in racing forward of him, so it will make sense that Arrow McLaren would need to spend money on that future.
He’d be partnering O’Ward, who the workforce has confirmed as being a part of their lineup in 2021 and which might make Arrow McLaren’s 2021 effort fairly rattling stable. O’Ward and Rosenqvist are two hard-charging younger drivers which have actually come to epitomize the success of the incoming period of drivers. I can simply see the 2 of them complimenting one another and bringing one hell of an thrilling 2021 season to the desk.