Arrow McLaren SP INDYCAR Drivers Compete at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Joey Amato | July 28, 2021

As the world prepares for those huge international games in Japan, we have a couple of race car drivers from different countries who will soon strut their sports stuff by battling each other in a friendly athletic competition.

INDYCAR drivers Felix Rosenqvist and Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP will represent their home countries Sweden and Mexico in seven different sports at Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

  1. Basketball – Free Throw Shooting Contest
  2. Football – Field Goal kicking contest
  3. Tennis – Serving challenge with targets
  4. Hockey – Shooting challenge
  5. Baseball – HR Derby with large bat and large foam balls
  6. Track & Field – 100m Dash & Javelin
  7. Golf – One hole challenge

“I am pumped to get out there and see who the better athlete off the track is, me or Felix,” said Pato O’Ward, driver of the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. “We are currently in the middle of INDYCAR’s summer break so I’m missing the competition. Hopefully this will be a fun way to let the competitive side out of me and take home a win for my home-country of Mexico.”

O’Ward was the 2020 Indianapolis Rookie of the Year and is currently in second place in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings, after winning two races so far this season. Rosenqvist, who is an experienced racer with a long resume, was Rookie of the Year in his first INDYCAR season in 2019 and has shown strong pace in his first season with Arrow McLaren SP.

While the two are teammates on the track, this is all about bragging rights away from the track.

“Pato probably thinks he is going to run away with this since he threw a football into a trash can from the  upper deck at Lucas Oil Stadium this year but I don’t think he stands a chance,” said Rosenqvist. “I think it will be Sweden who has all the glory when the day is over.”

While the museum doesn’t open until 10 a.m., the drivers will be competing from 8-10 a.m. The Children’s Museum video team will be taping that so you have b-roll. The drivers have been kind enough to come back at 12:00 p.m. to meet with fans, drive pedal karts in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway pedal car experience with kids and conduct interviews with media.

In addition to the fun, friendly competition, a great story angle is how these athletes are truly multi-talented and have a background in other sports.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is proud to partner with Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health, Old National Bank and Ice Miller LLP.