Pato o’ward He climbed to the second step of the podium for the third time in the 2023 IndyCar season, doing so at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
The Mexican had one of the three fastest cars in this compressed weekend of activity, opening activities towards the “500 miles” at the end of the month.
After qualifying in fifth place, the same spot he stayed during the first half of the event, he advanced in the group to perform an undercut afterwards. Alex Pallo and Christian Lundgaard In his second arrest in the pits.
However, in the second half of the Tour the Spaniard put in a lethal pace and established a 16-second lead by the time the checkered flag was flown, while O’Ward established a wide gap over Lundgaard and the rest of his rivals, managing to hold on to the lead. soft tyres.
“Super excited for the team. We put three cars in the top five. It’s hard to do in this series with how competitive it is. So excited for everyone in the organization, for our No. 5 team,” he said.
“We made our strategy really work. I think Pallo and Ganassi were very, very strong today, so we couldn’t catch them in the end.”
In any case, with a six-unit deficit against O’Ward Palo, Indy climbed his first podium on the mixed circuit, in addition to maintaining the overall sub-leadership.
Furthermore, it was a great day for McLaren to reaffirm their performance on the historically difficult track at the collective level: Alexander Rossi passed Lundgaard with ten laps to go to take the third step of the podium, while felix rosenqvist This was the fifth.
Palu led 52 of the 85 agreed laps, enough to reach five wins in the category, all on permanent circuits.
The next championship race will be the Indy 500 on Sunday, May 27. Practice begins on Tuesday the 16th, qualifying takes place on Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st.
- Alex Pallo: 174
- Pato O’Ward: 168
- Marcus Ericsson: 155
- Romain Grosjean: 134
- Scott McLaughlin: 133
- Joseph Newgarden: 131