Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet says that the team just weren’t fast enough despite leading 17 laps of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The Mexican who started the race from 12th made his way to the front fighting with Conor Daly, Alex Palou and Helio Castroneves and came home in fourth place.
Speaking following the race which has now moved him into third place in the championship, O’Ward said:
“The 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is complete and we finished fourth. We were in the fight all day. I think we had a perfect race, we just weren’t fast enough in the end. When they let us loose, I couldn’t quite catch Alex [Palou] and Helio [Castroneves]. We’ve got work to do for when we come back next year. Obviously, it burns a little bit to lose the third position in the last lap but I was trying everything I could to try and win this thing for the Arrow McLaren SP team. We will come back next race and hopefully do better. We should be very proud of the work we did but there is definitely more to be done.”
Juan Pablo Montoya’s experience around here paid off as he came from 24th place on the grid to finish the race inside the top ten in ninth and speaking following the race he said:
“It was a good day for Arrow McLaren SP. It was a lot of fun and we had a really good car. We had great strategy and a great race car. It’s a shame, we were ahead of Simon [Pagenaud] most of the day the No. 22 car and he finished third. We definitely had the car to be in the top five. We race hard, we try hard and we do the best we can. For being a one off race, it’s been pretty cool. Big thanks to the Arrow McLaren SP team.”
Felix Rosenqvist came home in 27th and speaking following the race he said:
“Disappointing result, today wasn’t a great day but we had a good car. We made up a few spots in the start but had some small shifting issues in the beginning and it cost us a little bit in the pits. In one pit stop, I went a fraction of a mile per hour too quick in the pit lane and had to do a drive-through penalty. From there, we were out of the game a little bit. I thought we fought back well, we gambled on a fuel save strategy to give us a yellow win the end but it didn’t come, that was it. Great effort from the Arrow McLaren SP team and can’t wait for the next race.”
Speaking following the race, President of Arrow McLaren SP Taylor Kiel commented saying:
First of all, it was a great day to have the fans back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The fans add a whole new dimension that we certainly didn’t have last year. Personally, it was great to see all the pre-race festivities back and for the team it was good to be a part of that experience again.
As for the race itself, I think it was three different races. Pato had a great car from the beginning, we had a really good pit stop on the first yellow that jumped us up into the top seven or eight cars and from there it was just a constant progression to the front of the field. He was strong all day and it certainly was not the ending we would have liked. I think we did everything as a team to put ourselves in a position to have a shot at the win. We just couldn’t catch the two guys in front of us so that was disappointing and obviously lost a spot on the last lap to finish fourth.
Felix’s drive through penalty destroyed his day. He had a really good car but when you have a penalty and get shuffled back its hard to recover. Juan Pablo Montoya just kept plugging his way through and got us a top ten. All in all for the Arrow McLaren SP team, I’m very happy. Everyone executed at a very high level. You’re just always disappointed when you come here and don’t win. Ready to have another shot at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix!