Carlin Racing’s Patricio O’Ward had a strong opening practice day ahead of Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The Mexican set the fifth fastest time in second practice with a 01:08.0303s and speaking following the action he said:

This place is a blast. It’s quite hard to get those last three-tenths (of a second). Really, really hard to get everything right. You have to be precise because here you don’t have grass, you have a wall. It’s pretty tough to get around here with a perfect lap, but I’m enjoying so far. We’ve done some pretty good running. We’re struggling with the blacks (Firestone primary tires) for some reason, but look to be OK with reds (Firestone alternate tires). So, we’re going to be working on that for tomorrow. Looking forward to the event. All I hear is good things about this place.

Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet ended the day in eleventh place with a time of 01:08.3954s and speaking following the session he said:

We made a big jump performance-wise from the first practice session to the second practice session today. We were struggling a little bit during that first session to put it all together, but once we got out there this afternoon it all started working for the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet. We were able to match our red (Firestone alternate) tire run on both the first and second run with the same tires, which is a really good sign, so I think we’re in good shape for a top-six qualifying performance tomorrow.


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