Arrow McLaren SP’s Oliver Askew in the No.7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet and Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus Veekay in the No.21 Sonax Autogeek Chevrolet say they are comfident heading into this weekend’s doubleheader Honda 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during a media conference call on Wednesday, Askew said that the team have been competitive all season and he expects the No.7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet to come off the truck fast. Askew said:
I feel fairly confident going into every race weekend, really, because we know that our engineering group at Arrow McLaren SP and on the McLaren side, as well, they have a lot of software and technology that we’re putting into it so try and make sure we roll off the trailer in the best possible way with the best possible setup. There hasn’t really been a race weekend this year where we show up and we just kind of feel lost, especially with having Pato. He’s been really strong the past couple races and we can compare. It seems very hard for us to get lost at the moment and not understand where we can gain and where we can improve.
I think that in itself is very confidence boosting, and I feel like I can show up and drive as hard as I can and everything is going to be all right. So that’s the plan.
Rinus Veekay heads to Mid-Ohio this weekend off the back of a fourth place finish in race 2 of the Bommarito Automotive Group Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway last time out.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during the same call Veekay said that the car has been extremely wuick in recent races and he expects it to be the same this weekend. Veekay said:
Yeah, I feel very confident. I know the team has had a great car at Mid-Ohio in the last years. I think Mid-Ohio is going to be one of their strongest road courses, and I know everyone works extremely hard and is very motivated.
I had the test there last October with Ed Carpenter Racing, and the car felt really amazing. I’m not worried at all, and I’m just very excited.