Arrow McLaren SP will start the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge from 15th for Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet who set a speed of 230.213MPH.
Oliver Askew in the No.7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet starts the race from 21st place following a four lap average speed of 229.760MPH.
Fernando Alonso in the No.66 Ruoff Chevrolet will make his second Indianapolis 500 start from 26th on the grid following a four lap average of 228.768MPH.
Speaking following the action, Arrow McLaren SP Managing Director Taylor Kiel said:
“It was a tough day. We battled conditions all day. We didn’t quite nail it this morning when the conditions were right, so we were on the back foot all day long. We came out swinging in the end. Gave it one more go and it worked out for Pato. He gained a few positions, but not so much for Oliver. Our focus all week has been on the race car, and we feel really good about it. Now it is time to focus on racing and winning the Indianapolis 500. That’s the ultimate prize.”
McLaren Racing Sporting Director Gil de Ferran commented on the day’s activity saying:
Although we are not at the sharp end of the field, I think as a team we can be reasonably satisfied with our performance today. Pato managed to improve a little bit in his second run even though the improvement in his speed was quite small, he managed to improve to make up quite a few positions. In a way we put qualifying behind us and started focusing on the race as that is the most important part of this whole event. I’d like to thank the whole team as there has been a lot of effort getting us to where we are through a very intense four days. A lot of work by the mechanics and engineers, so I want to take the opportunity to thank them for their hard work and we look forward to next Sunday.”