The Arrow McLaren SP team had a productive opening day of practice for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Tuesday.
Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet ended the day in seventh completing 78 laps and speaking following the action he said:
“We are done with day one here at Indianapolis 500 practice. I think we are in a happy window. We made a few changes compared to a couple weeks ago when we were here for the IMS Open Test. I think we are in a good position. We will continue to work on our racecar, see what we can make better and then, I think Thursday and Friday will show where we are going to stack up for qualifying. We need to keep pushing hard until the race.
Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.86 Mission Foods Chevrolet was fourth in the opening practice session and 12th in the second and speaking following the track activity the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner said:
“It’s weird, my reference is to the old car before the aeroscreen and it’s hard to tell the performance, but when you look at where we are runnning with everyone else, it seems pretty good. When I started here today, I felt a lot happier than I did at the IMS Open Test. We’ve really gained a lot and had good ideas. This morning, the track was really grippy and cool. It’s hard when it is so cool because you can fool yourself. But overall, I’m pretty happy. We’ve got to wait and see what this week brings.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet ended the day in 17th place and speaking following the action he said:
The first day is done, the longest day of testing. Kind of a slow start, but everything got going pretty good with some great running at the end. I think the car feels quick, it just needs a couple tweaks here and there. I think I can work on my car to be more in the window for traffic running. It’s good to get started and the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet is strong. Just have to keep it together until the big day.”
President of Arrow McLaren SP Taylor Kiel commented saying:
“First of all, it’s great to be back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Day one was good. It’s always nice to get back on track here and start getting prepared for the 500. I think it was good to see all of our cars have similar pace. We got through a lot of testing items, which is good. The weather held off and I think we are off to a good start. We have a long way to go. Obviously, we have a few more days before qualifying but we are taking full advantage of practice. So, we are happy with that.”