Carlin Racing’s Patricio O’Ward in the No.31 Chevrolet had a fantastic return to the NTT IndyCar Series at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin Texas on Sunday.
The Mexican who started the race from eighth place came home where he started in eighth place giving him plenty of momentum heading to the next race.
Speaking following the race he said:
“I think it was a pretty good race for us. We ended exactly where we started (eighth) and didn’t go backwards, so I’d say that was a successful day. We ran a clean race and we were right on pace, but after that yellow came out we needed one more lap under yellow to be able to push as hard as we wanted to. I was having to save a lot of fuel to make it to the end, so it was just impossible to keep Marco (Andretti) and Takuma (Sato) behind me coming full power. I know the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet had a top-five finish in it today and even though we couldn’t make it happen, it’s nice to know that we have the pace and can be fighting up front with the veteran drivers. Huge congrats to Colton (Herta). I’m really happy for him – I know this means a lot to him.”
Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet had a disappointing race. The Englishman started the race from 13th place and came home in 21st place and speaking following the day’s action he said:
Another long day at the office for us. It was just an extremely unlucky day for the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet. We lost a few spots right out of the gate and then we had a very long pit stop trying to get the car going again after running out of fuel. It just wasn’t our day at all, but I’m a big fan of the track at Barber, so I’m looking forward to hopefully finding a little bit of luck and coming out with a good result.”