A Twelveth Place Finish For O’Ward

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Carlin Racing’s Patricio O’Ward in the No.31 Guess Chevrolet started Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach from ninth place and came home in 12th and speaking following the day’s action he said:

Obviously, it wasn’t the result we wanted for the No. 31 GESS Carlin Chevrolet; we always want to at least move forward from where we qualified. We were really strong towards the end, but for some reason I was just sinking like a rock at the beginning of the race. The car just wasn’t behaving how it should’ve been with those used red (Firestone alternate) tires that we started on. We need to look back and see what really went wrong at the beginning of the race and compare it to the end of the race where we doing so much better. It’s unfortunate, but our race was just decided early on when we lost so many spots right out of the gate.”

Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet started the race in 16th place and came home in 14th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:

To be honest, I thought it was quite an enjoyable race today here in Long Beach. It actually went pretty quick. I had the challenge of getting good fuel mileage and I think we did the best out of anyone fuel saving, which is why we were able to pit three laps later than everyone else on that final stint. It allowed me to really push and close the gap to (Zach) Veach. We had a few things in the race not go our way, like (Ed) Jones pulling a bold move on the last corner on a restart costing me a few spots. There just weren’t a lot of opportunities to overtake today, so it was more about hitting your numbers

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