Felix Rosenqvist will join Arrow McLaren SP next season after two years with Ganassi

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Felix Rosenqvist has signed with Arrow McLaren SP for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Thursday.

After two seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing, Rosenqvist will replace Oliver Askew in the No. 7 Dallara-Chevrolet and will be partnered with Pato O’Ward, who was announced recently as returning to Arrow McLaren SP for a second consecutive season.

Rosenqvist, who scored his first IndyCar victory last July at Road America, will make his first laps in the No. 7 in a Nov. 2 test at Barber Motorsports Park

“I can’t wait to take the next step in my career and join Arrow McLaren SP. The team has shown itself to be a consistent challenger this year and I’m looking forward to working with Pato to help take it forward,” Rosenqvist, 28, said in a release.

Rosenqvist, who also won in Formula E, Formula 3 and Indy Lights, finished 11th in the 2020 points standings, five spots lower than in his rookie season. The Swede has three podium finishes in 31 IndyCar starts.

“We’ve been watching Felix since he came over to Indy Lights in 2016 and have been constantly impressed by his performance over the past two years,” Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt said in a release. “We think that he and Pato complement each other well and together we believe they will help us on our journey forward as a team.”

“It’s not very often that you get the opportunity to combine two young, established talents like Pato and Felix,” McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said. “I think this pairing gives us a strong driver lineup and I’m excited to see what they can do together on and off the track.”

O’Ward, who ranked fourth in 2020 points, said in a release: ““I am looking forward to working alongside Felix. He is a driver I truly respect, in and out of the car, and I’m sure we will work well together. I think we can learn a lot from each other to develop the strongest package possible at every race weekend together with the team.”

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.