Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet says he is super proud of the entire team after the Mexican scored his maiden NTT IndyCar Series victory in race two at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, the XPEL 375.
O’Ward started the race from fourth place and came through the field to end up in victory lane just ahead of Josef Newgarden and Graham Rahal and speaking following the action he said:
“Super proud of the Arrow McLaren SP team. It’s really special to get our first win where our journey started a year ago. Texas is very close to my heart and is the closest I will have to a home race this year, so it’s amazing to win here. This is great momentum to roll into the Month of May at Indianapolis. We just need to keep our heads down because if there is any time to keep pushing, it’s now. We will definitely celebrate but will quickly move on to preparing for the next few races. Thank you to the team, our partners and the fans for making this first win incredibly special.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet endured a disappointing race as he came home in 16th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“Second race done here in Texas. Again we were having a fantastic race, the car was really good. I think we managed to get it in the sweet spot from yesterday. We were running in sixth for the final pit stop, then we lost the right rear coming out of the pit, then we were lapped out. Race was over from there but I think there are still a lot of positives.
I’m really frustrated because I think we had two shots at a podium this weekend and we didn’t really bring anything home. Big congrats to Pato though for winning the race. I think that makes up for a lot of it, for the team. I’m really happy for his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES win. Just have to come back stronger in Indy.
Arrow McLaren SP President Taylor Kiel commented saying:
The thing we have all been waiting for is finally here. When you go through so much change, there’s a lot of hurdles and adversity that you encounter throughout the process. But I finally felt going into this year, with our driver lineup, partner lineup, equipment and people that we had, we had everything that we needed. So there were no more excuses. Ultimately, we needed to win and we got it done, finally.
It was also good to see the pace that Felix had here. Obviously, he didn’t get the results, but it’s showing me that the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP group is starting to gel. They are starting to understand what they need from each other. Now, we’ve broken through from a win perspective, but as a team we are very strong at the moment. I’m very happy with where we are at.”
We are trying to break through and race with the teams that have more championships than years we’ve been in the business. That’s a big river to cross and we are working on it. There are no shortcuts. I can’t say that it is one driver, one engineer or just a team member, it’s the total package. It’s certainly been a long process. I’m so proud of each and every member of this team.
Tweeting following the race, CEO of McLaren Racing Zak Brown commented saying: