NTT IndyCar Series driver Patricio O’Ward says he is looking forward to his return to the sport having joined Carlin Racing ahead of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas, for the inaugural IndyCar Classic.
The race will be extra special for O’Ward as it serves as a home race for the Mexican with the circuit located close to the Mexican border.
O’Ward who will drive the No.31 Chevrolet commented ahead of the race saying:
“I can’t think of a better way to start my 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season than at my home track at Circuit of The Americas in Austin. COTA is a really great track that I’ve always enjoyed driving and I can’t wait to get in an Indy car and see what it can do around there. We went testing at Barber right after St. Pete and it went really well, so I’m anxious to get back in the car in Austin. I think we’re going to be in good shape this weekend and I’m going to be working really hard with the team to get the most we can out of the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet. I’m just so excited to get this season going with Carlin and I’m confident we’re going to be fighting for some really good results all season.
Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet has experience of the Circuit of the Americas having raced here during his time in Formula One. Speaking ahead of the race, the Englishman said:
I’m looking forward to this weekend’s race at COTA and seeing what the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet can do on such a great track. It’s been six years since I ran here in F1 and obviously, things are a bit different, but I think having that prior knowledge and experience at COTA will be a major asset. We worked through a lot back in February at the open test and we made some major progress on where we wanted the car to be for the race, so I’m feeling confident heading into the INDYCAR Classic.