Arrow McLaren Racing Director Gavin Ward says that it was a pretty good start to the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season following a solid qualifying for the team which saw all three of their cars get into the Firestone Fast 12. Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet starts the race from third place with a time of 01:00.0163s and speaking following the action, Ward said:

“Pretty good start to the season qualifying for the team. Having all cars in the top 12 is a pretty good achievement with how tight this series is these days. At the end of the day, the key to the championship is getting consistent top-six finishes, and I think all of our drivers can do that tomorrow. We’ll get our heads down to try to figure out the best way to do that.”

Pato O’Ward commented on the qualifying saying:

“We’ve got a car to fight with tomorrow. I’m really, really happy with it. From the first practice, we didn’t get the cleanest of runs on every single tire, but we knew we had a competitive car, so coming into qualifying, it was just all about executing. I’m excited for tomorrow, I really am.”

It was a solid qualifying for Felix Rosenqvist in the No.6 NTT DATA Chevrolet starts the race from P8 after setting a time of 59.7971s and speaking following the action he commented saying:

”It was a good qualifying. It’s tough when you miss out by a couple of hundreths. It’s so tight. I think there are six guys within the same tenth of a second. It’s hard to be mad about this spot because I did my lap, and our strategy was to go out early. I think the track maybe got a little bit better toward the end of the session, but that is race management, and it paid off in Q1 and maybe didn’t pay off in Q2. We’re up there, and we’re looking good for the race.”

Alexander Rossi in the No.7 VELO Arrow McLaren Chevrolet starts his first race with the team in 12th with a time of 01:00.0040s and speaking following the action, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner said:

”It was a good recovery from yesterday. I think we had some issues that we weren’t able to resolve, and those were rectified for the most part today. A little bit disappointed to be P12, but ultimately I think it was a good effort from the team to get us back into a competitive spot. The cars are quick, as you can see with the results from Pato and Felix got today. We’ll keep understanding overnight and come back tomorrow.”


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