Arrow McLaren Team Principal Gavi Ward says that all three Arrow McLaren cars had abysmal results on Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park. The team endured a really tricky race, with Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet finishing 23rd place after starting from fourth place.

“Lots to learn from today. Abysmal results for all three Arrow McLaren cars. We’ll dig deep and come into the month of May a stronger team.”

Pato O’Ward spoke following the race saying:

“At the start of the race, I got really tight with Lundgaard and tried to avoid hitting him. I didn’t really have much room and then hit the curb, spun and went all the way to the back. Then, apparently, I have some sort of magnet to my teammates the past couple of weeks. It absolutely sucks and at this point we need to re-focus and make sure it never happens again.”

Alexander Rossi started the race from 16th place and was forced to retire from the event after his left rear wheel was not secured properly during one of his stops. This resulted in a 25th-place finish for the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner.

Speaking following the action he said:

“It was a struggle throughout the weekend to get some balance in the car. We switched to a three-stop strategy and I think that was looking pretty good. It was a top-10 day based on where the cars finished but had an issue in pit lane and the tire came off. We can’t dwell on it because this team has been the best in pit lane all year. These things happen. They’re still the best in pit lane, and we just have to move forward going into the most important month of the year.”

Theo Pourchaire started the race from 24th place and came home in 22nd place, speaking following the race he said:

“We tried a very aggressive strategy with the fuel saving. It was probably going to pay off, but unfortunately, there was an incident with about five laps to go. I thought I was pretty good while fuel saving to keep the same pace as Ericsson and Palou. Things were going well, but it was not the best day for the team. It’s part of the game. I know the team will bounce back and it’s just about putting a good weekend together and staying focused on the task at-hand.”

It is unclear whether or not Pourchaire will compete at the Sonsio Grand Prix of Indianapolis next month as David Malukas confirmed this week that his participation in the race is still TBD as he only got the pins out of his wrist this week.



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