Arrow McLaren SP driver’s Oliver Askew and Pato O’Ward had a great opening NTT IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Managing Director of Arrow McLaren SP Taylor Kiel was very impressed with how the team dealt with the one day event with practice, qualifying and the race all taking place on Saturday.
It was a good day. There were a lot of challenges with the way the schedule was laid out but we tackled them with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Our preparation was second to none, as we’ve come to expect. We rolled in with no issues and were very efficient throughout the day. We came here with the goal to finish, get these guys a lot of time on track, and walk away with some valuable experience, and we did just that. Oliver and Pato both drove excellent races and the pit crews executed well. We had a couple small mistakes on the No. 5 side that probably cost us two or three spots but we can walk away from it and feel good about our learning experience there. All in all, it was a really good day for Arrow McLaren SP and I am glad we could deliver for our partners and fans.”
In his first NTT IndyCar Series race, Oliver Askew started the event from 20th and made his way through the field to finish the race inside the top ten in ninth place and speaking following the race Askew said:
It ended up being a great day for Arrow McLaren SP and the No. 7 team. The whole crew and Chevrolet put a great car under me and we were able to execute our game plan perfectly. To finish in the top-10 in my first-ever INDYCAR race is more than I could have asked for. We are carrying a ton of momentum into the Indy GP and I think we will only get stronger as a team. This is a great way to begin the partnership between Arrow, McLaren, and Schmidt Peterson, and I’m happy we could have a good result after months of preparation. Thank you to everyone at Texas Motor Speedway, INDYCAR, Roger Penske, and the state of Texas for making this race happen
Pato O’Ward started the race from 18th and came through the field to finish the race in 12th place. The Mexican had a great practice session ending up in third place and speaking following the race he said:
I think it was a good first race for everyone at Arrow McLaren SP. Our first objective was to finish and the second objective was to get into the top-10. We were just two positions shy of getting into the top-10 but my teammate Oliver did a fantastic job and ended up in ninth. I ended up 12th because of a personal mistake during one of the pit stops. I think for not practicing much and coming into this track not knowing anything about it, coming out with a 12th place finish after starting from the back is a huge positive. It’s something that will give us momentum going to the Indy road course in a month. I think it was a great start for the whole Arrow McLaren SP team, our fans, and our partners. It definitely left us wanting more.”