Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet says that the NTT IndyCar Series is such a tough and competitive series as he prepares to start today’s Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix of Indianapolis from pole position. The Mexican who is third in points going into the race set a pole time of 1:10.7147s and speaking to Paddock Eye following the action he said:
Man, it’s such a tough and competitive series. You have to execute everywhere, pit stops, strategy. I have to not make any mistakes, be very wise in what I’m doing in terms of traffic, managing tires, et cetera.
A lot can happen tomorrow, but I think we have the best view into turn one. We’re obviously going for the win. I’d be lying if I said we weren’t. Yeah, I think we’re in a better position right now than what we were a few months back here for the road course event.
All what we have found today have definitely been very positive for us.
Paddock Eye also asked O’Ward about how he is approaching the run in to the championship to which he said:
Whenever you have a chance to win, you need to take those points and win because it’s not like every weekend you go and you can win. We’re definitely going for that.
But if we can’t manage to do that, I’m not going to do something stupid and put it in the wall. We need to be smart. We’re obviously going for it. If we can’t win, then we take the second. Still a lot of points.
Yeah, man, I’m just really looking forward to turning the page to our very crappy last three races, close out this weekend very strong, and don’t look back until the checkered flag waves in Long Beach.
Arrow McLaren SP President Taylor Kiel commented on qualifying saying:
We’re feeling really good. This comes from all of our hard work between May and now. We came here in early May and we struggled. It was probably one of our worst events as a team. There was a lot of hard work over the summer break to close the gap and I would say we have done that. We have a warm-up session tomorrow to see how our race car is and Pato has the best starting position in the field.
Obviously, I’m super gutted for Felix. He had the pace. We had some big changes to his car between practice and qualifying that worked. It showed and he was quicker than Pato in the first segment. Unfortunately he got caught up in that Dixon spin. That sucks for him but he’s got speed and people have won here from the back before. We should be good to go tomorrow.
Pato O’Ward went on to say:
“It’s great to see the No. 5 car on pole here in Indianapolis. Arrow McLaren SP had a really strong test in Portland a few weeks ago and I think it showed today. We are looking to return where we belong, which is contending for poles, podiums and ultimately for wins. I think we have the car to do something great tomorrow. We just need to execute. The next session is warm-up so we need to do that, get as much information as we can to help us for the race, and when the race comes we try to maximize what we have.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet starts the race from 20th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
I’m really disappointed. We weren’t happy in practice, but had a great turnaround. Heading into qualifying we had a really good car. We did a good lap that would have gotten us through by some margin to the Firestone Fast 12 but when I crossed the line there was a car 400-500 feet after the timing line. Dixon had spun around and because there was a yellow there, they had to delete our fastest lap which put us in 20th to start tomorrow.
Honestly, I’m happy with the progress that we have made. It’s good to see on paper that we can be up there on a track that we really struggled at early this year. Hopefully we will have a better car than most of those around us and get to the front.