Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet who picked up a third-place finish last night in the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway has been promised a test in the McLaren F1 car this season when he wins his first NTT IndyCar Series race.
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown confirmed this week that he has told O’Ward that he can drive the Mercedes-powered McLaren F1 car in the Abu Dhabi young driver test at the end of the season.
O’Ward will start tonight’s XPEL 375 from fourth place and goes into the event with plenty of momentum having started the Genesys 300 on Saturday from the eleventh place and came home with a great third-place finish behind the two Scott’s, McLaughlin in the No.3 PPG Chevrolet for Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dixon who took the win.
Speaking to Paddock Eye following the race, O’Ward 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.