INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Arrow McLaren Schmidt Peterson revealed its driver line-up and new paint schemes in downtown Indianapolis on Friday.
Arrow McLaren SP is the new joint entry of long-time IndyCar team owners Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson and international race team McLaren Racing. Arrow Electronics is the title sponsor for the team.
"It really shows what we are trying to portray and what we are trying to do in this new partnership between Arrow and McLaren going forward," said Pato O'Ward, who will drive the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. "I think the car is aggressive, lethal, and looks fast."
The first key date of the season is Tuesday in Austin, Texas at the Circuit of The Americas. 26 drivers in 25 cars are set to participate in the open test, which runs through Wednesday.
"I can't wait to see these cars on track next week going fast with our young, talented and exciting driver lineup," said Schmidt.
Former driver Robert Wickens will serve as a racing coach for O'Ward and fellow driver Oliver Askew, who drives the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevorlet.
Wickens drove for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the 2018 IndyCar Series. His season came to an end when a violent crash at Pocono left him a paraplegic.
"I don't know my business card is going to say," Wickens said with a smile. "I'm in a tough spot. I want to help the guys out as much as possible. On the same token, I can't make that my full-time job because selfishly, I want to make myself better to get myself into a race car by competing again."