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Arrow McLaren's brilliant Indianapolis 500 ends in bitter disappointment

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The four cars from Arrow McLaren were among the favorites to win the Indianapolis 500, and Felix Rosenqvist and Pato O'Ward were near the front with 20 laps to go

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — There were 20 laps remaining in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday and Arrow McLaren, the team that has emphatically upset the status quo in IndyCar, had managed to put Felix Rosenqvist and Pato O'Ward in position to fight for the win.

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Everything unraveled for the papaya-colored cars in spectacular fashion.

Felix Rosenqvist was the first to fall, hitting the wall in Turn 1 before getting crushed from behind by Kyle Kirkwood, forcing the race to be red-flagged with 16 laps to go. On the restart, eventual winner Josef Newgarden shot to the lead, and O'Ward was side-by-side with Marcus Ericsson entering Turn 3 when they touched wheels and O'Ward hit the wall.

Just like that, Arrow McLaren's two best chances at the Borg-Warner Trophy were out of the race.