Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet says that Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 presented by HPD Ridgeline at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar course which has been extended by five laps this season opens up the strategy for the teams. Speaking to The Paddock Eye on Friday, O’Ward said:
Not really. I leave all the strategy to my team because I’m not like the most experienced at that. I’m pretty sure five more laps longer will open the windows to a two or three stopper which makes the racing cooler. Not just a straight forward fuel save and that’s what it is going to be. I think its nice. I’m happy the race is five laps longer. I don’t know how many more approaches we can take to it, but I am pretty sure that will open to a three stopper to maximize what you have.
Felix Rosenqvist scored a fantastic second-place finish here in 2019 with Chip Ganassi Racing spoke to The Paddock Eye about what makes the circuit so special saying:
It’s a good question. We did a track walk yesterday and its just something with this track. I feel I’m always…there is good energy when you are here. It is a beautiful place. There are always a lot of people here and I feel like the fans are the right kind of fans. They are really diehard hard-core fans that come here to Mid-Ohio. They will spend the whole day in the sun. I just think somehow it is a special event. And the track is amazing. When you walk the track, you think you can’t pass here because it is so tight and twisty. But then it always produces some pretty good racing. The race format is pretty good and interesting with strategy. It is just one of those INDYCAR classics that kind of has everything, and personally I’ve had good success here. No better place to come back to.
Speaking to The Paddock Eye about the advantage of having Felix Rosenqvist back in the car this weekend, Arrow McLaren SP President Taylor Kiel commented saying:
It’s huge. It is something we have talked about. Felix kind of alluded to it. We finally felt like we were turning the corner in Detroit. I think we had a really good car. Felix was comfortable. We were ready, and then it didn’t happen. We need to turn the corner. This is a pretty good place to do it. That is what our focus is now. Securing good results week after week and building on the momentum so we can maximize the second half of the year. I know the potential is there. Felix is driving well. We just need to get the whole package together. Once we do that I have no doubt he will be running up toward the front where he belongs.