President of Arrow McLaren SP Taylor Kiel says the team struggled to find pace from the beginning of the weekend at the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and that really hampered them for the race which saw Pato O’Ward who won in Texas last time out start the race from 18th and finish 15th while Felix Rosenqvist started the race in 13th and came in 17th.
Speaking following the race, Kiel commented saying:
“It was a tough day. It was tough for everybody. Certainly our team really struggled from the beginning of the weekend to find the pace. It’s very disappointing to have a weekend like that, obviously. The good thing is we’re back on track in a couple of days getting ready for the biggest race on our schedule. Not the performance we wanted and certainly not the way to back up a victory, but we have a chance here in the next week to make it right.”
Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP commented saying:
“We just finished the GMR Grand Prix here in Indianapolis and ended up P15. This weekend, not just for me but for all of Arrow McLaren SP, was not our best. We have to circle back, see what the team thinks went wrong, and what we need to do to come back stronger on the road courses. We were very strong on the super speedway in Texas, so we are looking forward to the Indy 500. That’s the crown jewel of the schedule and the one everyone wants to win. We are fully focused now and ready to hit the oval next week.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet commented saying:
“We finished the GMR Grand Prix in 17th, tough race for the whole team and we didn’t really have the pace. I think when you don’t have pace, you don’t have the tools to go forward. So we need to work on some fundamental changes on that side. But this one is done, and we will work to do much better in the Indianapolis 500. Luckily, that is right around the corner so we will reload and aim high in that one.”
Juan Pablo Montoya who started his first NTT IndyCar Series event since 2017, starting the race from 25th and finishing in 21st place and speaking following the action he said:
This weekend was a difficult weekend. At the end of the race, we actually felt that my car was getting pretty competitive and the pace was pretty good. We just started the race too far in the back. It is difficult because we did most of the practices on the black tires, and today was a day that you race on reds. My first laps on reds were supposed to be before qualifying in Practice 2 but I spun and flat spotted them.
The day may have been long and difficult but I think as the day went on, we made some really good changes. The engineering and the strategy team worked really well together. Arrow McLaren SP kept on top of everything that was going on and made the day much, much easier.