INDIANAPOLIS — The atmosphere was back at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, as fans were once again in attendance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The energy from the crowd was matched only by the action on track, as Arrow McLaren SP challenged for the race.
O’Ward earns another ‘500 solid result, Montoya gets another top 10, Rosenqvist tries to stretch fuel in the end of Sunday’s race
Pato O’Ward started the race in 12th with his teammate Felix Rosenqvist, who started the race behind him in 14th. Th pair quickly settled into a groove in the early stages of the race, running in tandem with Felix 11th and Pato 12th.
Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya, making his first indy 500 since 2017, gained three spots on the first lap moving from 24th to 21st. Juan Pablo continued to make up ground the entire race, eventually finding his way into the top 10.
During the second round of pit stops, Felix came into pit lane too fast and was issued a pit-speed violation, resulting in a drive-through penalty. This put the Swedish driver at the back of the field, where he was forced to start from scratch.
Following a yellow flag in the second half of the race, Felix and the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP team elected to take a different strategy, hoping further yellow flags could get them to the end with one-less pit stop then the rest of the field. Those yellows did not come, and after leading 13 laps, he was forced to pit with just seven laps to go. He ended up finishing the race in 27th.
“Disappointing result, today wasn’t a great day but we had a good car,” Rosenqvist said. “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.”
Juan Pablo continued to have a strong race in the No. 86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, running as high as eighth. However, working through the pack proved difficult, and he eventually finished in ninth.
“It was a good day for Arrow McLaren SP,” Montoya said. “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.”
Pato quickly made his way to the front in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, leading his first lap on Lap 78. He would go on to lead 17 laps over the course of the race, consistently keeping himself in the top three. In the end, he couldn’t quite retake the lead, and finished in fourth.
As the Indianapolis 500 being double points, Pato O’Ward’s strong result moves him to third in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Championship, just one point behind Scott Dixon in second.
“The 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is complete and we finished fourth,” O’Ward said. “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.”