Arrow McLaren SP President Taylor Kiel described the team’s race at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway as a good points day for Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet as the Mexican took the lead in the championship by ten points heading into next month’s race in Portland.
Speaking following the race where he came from fifth on the grid to finish in second place, O’Ward said:
It was a very big points day for us but it is still so tight in the championship. There are three races to go and 150 points on the table. We came off a solid run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and now we have a second place finish here at World Wide Technology Raceway. It would be great to rack up a couple more podiums. We are just going to push until the checkered flag waves at Long Beach and see where we stand
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in contrast had a disappointing day. Starting the race from tenth place he came home in 16th place having been forced to retire from the event and speaking following the action he said:
A tough break today, as we had a mechanical failure. I don’t know exactly what happened but we had an issue and we couldn’t finish the race. I had a really good start to the race, then there were a lot of yellows. We had a half stall during the first stop and fell back a little bit. We were looking for a top 10 finish which would have been a good way to salvage the race at the end. It was quite a messy race. Luckily, not many cars finished the race so we still picked up some decent points, but it’s just tough luck and there’s not much you can do about that.”
Taylor Kiel commented saying:
A good race for us today. On the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet side, it was a good points day after the retirements from some of the competitors at the front of the championship order which was fortuitous for us. The car was great and we executed a strong race. I’ll take second and head to the west coast as the championship points leader any day. Very good on that side, but unfortunately for Felix it looks like he had a mechanical issue that we are looking into now. Prior to that, the pace was good and we had a top 10 run going for sure. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to capitalize. We will dig into that and make sure it doesn’t happen again, but otherwise it is full focus on the championship run and getting ready to go to the west coast.”
The NTT IndyCar Series takes a three week break before the championship run in, the Eest Coast Swing which gets underway with Portland on September 12.