Patricio O’Ward’s Arrow McLaren was a really fast car throughout the entire race. He was the only driver that managed to keep up with Chevrolet runner Team Penske’s driver, Josef Newgarden. In the middle of the 250-lap race, Patricio became faster than Joseph because Joseph tried to change his setup, but it didn’t work very well as more laps were being run on the track.
When a long caution period allowed Newgarden to make adjustments to his car, he and Palou seemed just as strong. The fight between them and the Honda-powered Ganassi racing car owned by Palou in the last 12 laps was cut short when Grosjean’s Andretti Autosport car crashed into a wall near the end of the second-to-last lap. Just before that happened, Newgarden was barely overtaken by McLaren’s car, at less than two-tenths of time difference.
Afterward, O’Ward, who is currently in the lead of the championship with two runner-up finishes, said: “This is an amazing start to the year. I had a really fast car. Everyone who watched could see that.
It was really fun driving and we are still waiting for our first win of the season after two second place finishes, but it’s a great start to the championships and that’s what we need – we will just keep making progress.”
Palou, who stopped to refuel 25 laps before Newgarden and O’Ward did, said: “I didn’t know they had new tires at the end. My team didn’t tell me – which was great!
My car was really fast and I am thrilled to be on the podium for the first time. I feel more confident doing this kind of racing now since it was a lot of fun.
The driver was really happy with the setting of the race and thinks it was the best oval race he has ever had. He said he drove how he wanted to, and found it easier to attack than ever before. The #5 car (driven by O’Ward) and the #2 car (driven by Newgarden) were faster than his own, but he hopes they can be ready for their next race.
Alex Palou is a driver with the Chip Ganassi Racing Honda team. Someone called Richard Dole took a picture of Alex, and it was uploaded with permission by F1Flow Images.