Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward, driver of the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet says the team is looking forward to carrying their strong momentum from the opening round of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season last weekend at Barber Motorsports Park into this weekend’s event, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
O’Ward started the race at Barber from pole position and led the race for a substantial period before having to settle for a fourth-place finish and looking ahead to St Pete he says:
“I’m looking forward to the race in St. Petersburg this weekend. I love this place. It’s a track that I’ve had a lot of success on in the Road to Indy such as Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000. I also had a great race there in 2020, finishing second. You can’t beat the atmosphere, the fans are great, and the restaurants are great. We’re looking forward to a great weekend. We started off the year strong and we’re looking forward to carrying on the momentum. Ready to battle it out.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet is looking forward to the race this weekend after a disappointing event in Barber as he looks to open his scoring account with his new team saying:
“I’m super excited to go to St. Petersburg this weekend. It’s finally time to go back to a street course and I think it’s definitely one of the highlights of the calendar. We had a tough weekend at Barber Motorsports Park that we want to forget all about and move on. It’s nice to be back at St. Petersburg already one week after, followed by another two rounds in Texas. It’s busy times but really good to be back to NTT INDYCAR SERIES racing.”
President of Arrow McLaren SP, Taylor Kiel is also excited about heading to St Pete where last season the team came home in second place with Pato O’Ward and they will be hoping to go one step further this season and take home a victory which would be their first for their new partnership with McLaren Racing.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Kiel commented saying:
“It’s a quick turnaround for Arrow McLaren SP this week as we head to St. Petersburg for the second race of the season. This is always one of the most popular races on the calendar, for good reason, with a beautiful street course right on the water that always produces exciting races. I think Pato and Felix both showed some really promising speed in Barber and Pato finished second in St. Pete last year, so hopefully we can push for the next step up on the podium this year. I’m really thankful for the entire team working hard on such a tight turnaround and hopefully we can put on a good show for the partners and fans in Florida.”