Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet came from eleventh on the grid in Saturday night’s Genesys 300 to finish the race in third place to claim a well-deserved podium finish and speaking to Paddock Eye following the race, the Mexican who grew up in Texas said:
I think we can learn some things to make the race car better in traffic. Just having a very strong result right now it will really move us up in the championship, which I think that’s where we’re starting tomorrow based on championship points. So we should be around top five.
Yeah, it should make our race, just the traffic running, it makes such a big difference if you’re behind three cars or you’re behind 10 cars.
Yeah, just looking forward to tomorrow. Today was, like I said, a good step. Tomorrow we want to go that much better.
Speaking during his post-race media release, O’Ward said:
I knew that we had such a fast car, especially by ourselves. I knew we could get in clear air and we could really make up some track positions. In the beginning, we were just very stuck in the train. It was very tough to pass, but what a great race car. We’re ready for tomorrow.
I want to thank Arrow Electronics, Vuse, Team Chevy and the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP team. This is a good step in the right direction. There’s a couple more positions we want to get but this should put us in a better starting position tomorrow than where we started today. We bounced back after a pretty tough weekend in St. Pete. We want to come back tomorrow and try to go better, and roll into the Month of May for the GMR Grand Prix and then the crown jewel of the schedule, the Indianapolis 500.
I didn’t have anything for McLaughlin and Dixon, congrats to them both. They were very quick but I didn’t want to risk anything. I started getting a little wiggly, and we were getting some temperature issues, so I said ‘Let’s take this’, come back tomorrow and see what we got.
O’Ward will start tonight’s XPEL 375 from fourth on the grid by virtue of the fact that he is in fourth place in the championship.
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet had a disappointing race as he came home in 13th place having made up five places but was unable to match his teammate’s pace and speaking following the race he said:
Finished our first race here at Texas Motor Speedway finishing 13th, which is disappointing because we were actually P2 for a good amount of the race. Going into the final pit stop, we were second place. I did a bad job lining up my car in the pit stall and then, the No. 8 car was coming out of the pit in front of me and he lost his wheel. I had to go in the grass, and we lost about ten positions. I think we had a better car at the end than we did in the beginning. So we will be better off tomorrow and should get some cars in the first couple stints. It was good fun today, but a shame we didn’t get the podium.
Arrow McLaren SP President Taylor Kiel commented on the race saying:
“We had a very exciting race, no doubt about it. Especially, on the No 5 Arrow McLaren SP car. We took a very aggressive approach and it worked out for us. I’m very proud we were able to do that and move forward because it is very hard to pass here. We’re very disappointed and heartbroken for Felix because I think he had a great car. He was battling for the win and we just didn’t execute on that last stop. Luckily, we have another chance tomorrow to redeem ourselves and I’m looking forward to it. We have two strong cars, a strong team and we are going to go for it.”