Felix Rosenqvist unveils new Arrow McLaren livery for Indy 500 from Undefeated

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Felix Rosenqvist hopes there is hidden meaning in “Undefeated” as he sports new livery for the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in the 105th Running of the Indy 500, on May 30, 2021 (11 a.m. ET, NBC).

Arrow McLaren SP and team partner Vuse combine to debut a new partnership with Undefeated, a curated streetwear brand and retail outlets.

“Arrow McLaren SP is always looking for opportunities to engage and entertain new fans to showcase this amazing sport to a more diverse audience,” said Taylor Kiel, President of Arrow McLaren SP in a release. “To work with Vuse to bring Undefeated, an innovative, exciting lifestyle and streetwear brand, to the track during our sport’s biggest moment of the year, is a cool way to reach new people and help grow our and the IndyCar fanbase.”

With primary sponsorship from Vuse, the livery features a design by Undefeated’s founder James Bond.

“We are excited to work with Arrow McLaren SP for the most iconic motorsport event of the year, the Indy 500,” said Bond. “It’s an honor to have been asked to participate in the creation of the No. 7 car driven by Felix Rosenqvist and the opportunity to expand our brands’ outreach.”

Bond will get an opportunity to see his design in action as he joins team and sponsor at the track on May 30.

IndyCar’s May race schedules: 105th Indy 500

Rosenqvist seeks his first top-10 of 2021 in the biggest race of the season. In the first five races, he has two top-15s with a 12th at St. Petersburg and 13th on the first oval race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Last year, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, he finished 12th in the Indy 500.

The innovative designs will not stop with the Indy 500. Through the “Vuse Design Challenge” artists and designers will have an opportunity to design a paint scheme for the No. 7 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet. The winning entry will be featured on the car in August when the series visits the Street of Nashville for their inaugural run.

The winner will also receive prize money and a trip to the race to see their car in action.


Ryan Hunter-Reay hired as replacement for Conor Daly at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Ryan Hunter-Reay was named to replace Conor Daly in Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 20 Dallara-Chevrolet, starting in the NTT IndyCar Series event next week at Road America.

Hunter-Reay is the 2012 series champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner. He finished 11th for Dreyer & Reinbold last month in the 107th Indy 500, his first start since the 2021 season finale. He drove full time for Andretti Autosport from 2010-21.

“We need to improve our competitiveness and I wanted to add a fresh perspective from a driver like Ryan who has a massive amount of experience and success as well as a reputation as a team leader. I am excited to welcome Ryan to the team,” team owner Ed Carpenter said in a team release. “We have worked together in the past as teammates and he tested for ECR at Barber Motorsports Park in October 2021, where he made an immediate impact as we were able to qualify one of our cars on the pole following that test. I am confident that his experience and technical abilities will be an asset to ECR as we move forward toward our goals as a team.”

Hunter-Reay has 18 IndyCar victories, most recently in 2018. He also is a winner in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, having been a part of winning entries in the 2020 Twelve Hours of Sebring and 2018 Petit Le Mans. Last year, he was an endurance driver for Cadillac Racing while being on standby for Chip Ganassi Racing.

He replaces Daly, whose departure was announced a day earlier in what the driver and team said was a mutual decision.

“I was surprised when I got the call from Ed,” Hunter-Reay said in a team release. “He described how frustrated he was that his team has not been able to realize its potential despite their efforts, investments, as well as technical and personnel changes over the past few years and asked for my help. Ed and I are very close friends and have been for a long time. I’ve worked with the team in the past and they are a very talented group with high expectations and a committed partner in BITNILE.COM.

“This will certainly be a challenge for me as well. It’s a tough situation jumping in a car in the middle of the season without any testing in what I believe to be the most competitive series in the world. Certainly, part of my motivation in saying ‘yes’ to Ed is the great challenge ahead. The last time I turned right driving an NTT IndyCar Series car was in October of 2021 with this team at Barber. However, I remain very confident in both my driving and technical abilities and believe by working with the talented people at ECR and Team Chevy, while representing BITNILE.COM, we will make progress. I am going to do everything I can do to help the team achieve its long-term objectives.”

Said Milton “Todd” Ault, the chairman of sponsor BitNile.com: “It is great for BitNile.com to be aligned with an Indy 500 Winner and an NTT IndyCar Series champion. I have followed Ryan’s career for years and I am confident he will challenge the entire ECR team to perform at higher levels. I wish everyone luck at Road America.”