Carlin Racing’s Patricio O’Ward in the No.31 Gallagher Chevrolet said he was proud of his team after coming home in 11th place having started Sunday’s race 2 in Detroit from 8th place.
The Mexican was caught up in an incident on track but recovered from a lap down to finish just outside the top ten.
Speaking following the race he said:
I’m proud of our race today and how strong we were able to come back after such a bad start on the first lap that put us at the back of the field a lap down. We were really close to avoiding that first lap incident, but unfortunately, we just had nowhere to go and got caught up in it. The No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet was hit fairly hard and lost the front wing completely, so once we were restarted, we had to come in for a new front wing. The guys did a great job on that wing change and really on all of their stops all race, the strategy was really solid and we were able to get our lap back, and ultimately, move our way into 11th. We were really hoping to move forward from our starting position of eighth and we definitely had the car to do it, but after the way the race started, I’d say we’re more than happy with 11th.”
Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet started the race from 20th and came home in 15th and speaking following the action he said:
“It was a massively eventful, long race with lots of yellows. During the longest stretch without a yellow, I thought we were looking very good. We were doing very good fuel saving with good pace, I thought, well enough for a top-10 finish for the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet. Just the way it fell meant we ended up coming back out last on the lead lap and it was just yellow after yellow from there. There just wasn’t a great deal that we could do. We got a lot of things right today, we just didn’t have the pace we needed at the times we needed to overtake.”