Arrow McLaren SP’s Kevin Magnussen in the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet says that his weekend was a fun experience as he made his NTT IndyCar Series debut in the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America where he filled in for the injured Felix Rosenqvist.
Starting the race from 21st place he came home in 24th after a loss of power and speaking following the race he said:
“All-in-all this weekend has been a fun experience. I’m very thankful to Arrow McLaren SP for the opportunity. I want to wish Felix a speedy recovery and to be back where he should be in the car. I’m going to leave here with a big smile on my face although we didn’t finish the race due to a mechanical issue. I’ve had a very fun experience and want to say thank you to everyone involved.”
Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet went into the race weekend leading the championship by one point from Alex Palou but had a tough race as he started the race from tenth and came home in ninth place and as a result is second in the championship, 28 points behind Palou.
Speaking following the race, the Mexican said:
“We struggled with the pace all weekend. We struggled in practice, didn’t have a great qualifying and then ended the race further back than we wanted to be. It is what it is; there are going to be weekends like that, but we can’t have any more of those. We’ve already had some tough weekends and the guys we’re fighting in the championship haven’t. We need to get better and improve. We will work hard over the next two weeks and come back stronger in Mid-Ohio.”
Arrow McLaren SP President Taylor Kiel commented saying:
“Yeah, it was tough. That’s a good word for it. It was another disappointing result for the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, so have to figure out what’s going on there and make some changes to put ourselves in a good position for the second half of the season to try and collect points. For Pato, the strategy was a bit aggressive and the way the cautions fell, everyone fell into a fuel-save mode. Which for us, with our current package, is a struggle. We just kind of hung on, got the fuel number and ultimately finished ninth. We have a break here coming up, so we will try to make the package better and capitalize in the second half of the season.”