Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet started Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park from pole position and led the early stages of the event however, the Mexican was forced to settle for fourth place.
Speaking following the race he said:
“We were the fastest car here all weekend. We were the fastest car on the racetrack during the race. But unfortunately, we were just on the wrong strategy. We went on a three-stopper to cover for Rossi and unfortunately, track position was everything. When I caught up to the lead pack in the end, there weren’t many laps to go. We got stuck there the last 1-2 laps and brought home fourth. It’s good points for the championship, but we have to maintain the consistency. Our first win will have to wait, hopefully at St. Pete. We will be ready to fight there.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet started the race from 22nd place but was caught up in the first lap carnage at Turn 5 and came home in 21st place.
Speaking following the action the Swede said:
Tough first race here at Barber Motorsports Park. I only did one corner and got sucked into the big pile up in the back stretch. With Josef spinning around and then getting trapped into a corner, I couldn’t go anywhere. Race was pretty much over at that moment. Big thanks to the guys for putting it back together and allowing us to do some laps afterward and feel it out. It was kind of weird to drive after that but it was good to do a few laps and get something out of it. We’ll bounce back in St. Peterburg. It’s nice to have another race next weekend so we can forget this one.”
President of Arrow McLaren SP Taylor Kiel commented saying:
“It was a crazy race. Going into the race, the two-stop strategy seemed very far away. But obviously with the way it started, with the chaos at the beginning, the two-stopper came into play. We had an issue with a tire going down going through some debris. We took an opportunity there to cover Rossi and get those tires off, go to blacks and run an aggressive three-stopper. It worked for us certainly in terms of the three-stopper, but unfortunately the guys on the two-stopper ended up just in front of us.
All in all, it was a good day. I think there is a lot to be proud of, certainly P4 is a great way to start the season. There is a long way to go. Really proud of the effort on the No. 7 car getting Felix back out and salvaging some valuable points. All-in-all there’s a lot to be proud of leaving this and weekend and a strong start for Arrow McLaren SP going into St. Pete and the rest of the year. Good day.”