We Can Be Proud Of Our Performance
Carlin Racing’s Patricio O’Ward in the No.31 Chevrolet was really happy with his performance in qualifying for the inaugural IndyCar Classic at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin Texas.
The Mexican who has brought 400 guests to the race this weekend will start the event from eighth place having set a fastest time of 01:46.3807s and speaking following the action he said:
“I think we should be really proud of ourselves with the result this weekend. I’m a little bit behind the curve from everybody else not having those two testing days at spring training here in February, so it’s been a process of trying to get comfortable with the car and getting to know the Carlin team. This is such a long track and even spread out everyone was able to be extremely competitive in qualifying today. I think we were only eight hundredths of a second off of moving into the Firestone Fast Six, so I’m a little bummed that I wasn’t able to advance but then again I’m super happy to be starting eighth tomorrow especially with how little track time I’ve had. I’m just pumped and ready to go racing tomorrow.”
Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet starts the race from 13th place with a fastest time of 01:46.0256s and speaking following the session he said:
I’m happy with the car from where we were this morning – I think we were pretty much stone last. I just wasn’t overly comfortable with the car in the first practice, so we made a few changes and had to fix an issue with the clutch, and we obviously came out much quicker in qualifying. I felt like I extracted as much as I possibly could from the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet, but with that red flag at the end of the session coming out on my fast lap, we just weren’t able to make it to the second round. It was really close between Pato (Patricio O’Ward) and I, but he just barely edged me out before the red flag. Pato’s done a fantastic job this weekend. He’s basically a rookie and to be able to come in and do that kind of job is impressive.”