Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet started Sunday’s Children’s Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park from third place and finished the race in fourth place and goes into May in second place in the championship and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“We had to get a massive number, and I really don’t know how we kept up the pace like that at the end. It was a great car, and I’m very happy with how we did this weekend. Obviously, when you look back now with how everything played out, I think we were on the wrong strategy. No one made a mistake, that’s just a roll of the dice you have to take at the beginning of the race. Scott McLaughlin and Will Power were on the good end of it, a couple others too. Nevertheless, it was a really strong result for us. I’m happy with P4.”
Alexander Rossi in the No.7 VELO Chevrolet started the race from tenth place and came home in eighth place just behind CHip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“There were a lot of positives from today. I think we underperformed in qualifying. You can look at everything in hindsight and look at it differently, but, ultimately, the car was fast all weekend. We are continuing to gel and learn together as a team, so overall, I’m happy. It’s just when you have pace, and only walk away with eighth, it’s disappointing. It’s a good problem to have.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.6 NTT DATA Chevrolet started the race from eighth place and came home in ninth place and speaking following the race he commented saying:
That was fun race. I made a mistake on the first lap running into Josef (Newgarden) on the start. I just drove too hot into Turn 2, and, luckily, he didn’t get spun around. But I spun myself into the gravel.
We turned last into passing a lot of cars in the first stint. We pitted early, and were able to spend the next two stints in clear air. That’s where we got back in the race. The last yellow didn’t play into our favor, so, potentially, there was a top-five in this car. It was a good recovery to basically go from last to P9. It was a super good car today and a fun race.”