Arrow McLaren SP’s Kevin Magnussen in the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet says that Friday was a lot to take in as he took his first laps in an NTT IndyCar in the opening practice at Road America ahead of his race debut on Sunday in the REV Group Grand Prix.
The Dane, who took victory in the IMSA race in Detroit with Chip Ganassi Racing last weekend flew back to Denmark during the week and got the call from Arrow McLaren SP to sub for Felix Rosenqvist.
Speaking following the action he said:
“Today was a lot to take in. I took it step-by-step and it was fun. It’s a wild beast, heavy in the steering wheel and it’s got a bit of turbo lag. It’s very, very different to anything I have ever driven. So, it was a great experience and I can’t wait for tomorrow. I want to thank everyone at Arrow McLaren SP and Chevrolet for helping to get me up to speed.”
Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet who took victory in Detroit race 2 last weekend ended the practice in eleventh place with a time of 1:48.4251s and speaking following the action he said:
“Just got done here with day one of the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America. It was hot out there today and the weather is definitely going to be different tomorrow. I think the atmosphere temps will be at least 20 degrees cooler. So we will need to see what that does to the track. We’ve got some work to do. The car wasn’t really in the window, so we will get to work right now and see what we have tomorrow for qualifying.”
Arrow McLaren SP Team President Taylor Kiel commented saying:
“Kevin Magnussen did a really good job today just methodically working up to speed. I think there are things we can do to help him out in the car, but otherwise it was a good session for him and we have some time to work on it tonight. He can sleep on it tonight and we can come with some new ideas for tomorrow. He’s got two sessions tomorrow to get accustomed to the car. For Pato, I think the car is decent. It’s a little too on edge right now, but we’re not trying to chase the track temps right now because we are going to have a totally different day tomorrow with ambient and track temperatures. All-in-all a good first day, a clean day, which is good. We will see what we got tomorrow.”