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Arrow McLAREN Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Report Day 2

"This team is hungry, and this result will only make us more so"

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The entire Arrow McLaren IndyCar Team showed up Sunday with a chance to take pole for the 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway filled with cheers for Felix Rosenqvist in the Firestone Fast 12, seeing the No. 6 NTT DATA Arrow McLaren Chevrolet run quickest in the qualifications session. Pato O'Ward would also move on to the Firestone Fast Six, both cars having a chance for pole.

Alexander Rossi and Tony Kanaan will start seventh and ninth, respectively, making all four cars starting in the first three rows.

In the Fast Six, Felix qualified third, while Pato qualified fifth to start the race on May 28.

A strong result from the team on Sunday leads us into the next week full of activities as well. Hear from the drivers and Racing Director Gavin Ward after Indy 500 qualifications.

Race Date Sunday, May 28
Round 6 of 17
Total Laps 200 Laps
Total Race Distance 500 miles / 804.67 km
Length 2.5 miles / 4.02 km
Number of Turns 4

Felix Rosenqvist, Driver, No. 6 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, said:

"I didn't feel like we had the same speed on the last run as we did the previous one, not sure why. We'll have to look at it. Anyway, it's phenomenal to be in the front row at the Indy 500. Thanks to Arrow McLaren, Team Chevy and NTT DATA – we're just super quick. As I said yesterday, I thought anyone could grab this pole and it's so tight at the front. On that last run, it seemed like some guys found it a bit more than we did.

"I'm just super proud of the team. All four groups have been really awesome and everyone has just been helping everyone. That run at the end, the whole team was behind us to try to get everything out of this beautiful No. 6 car. I just missed out, but that's racing."

Indianapolis 500 Qualifications Day 2 - Fast 12 1st 234.081 mph
Indianapolis 500 Qualifications Day 2 - Fast Six 3rd 234.114 mph
Starting Position 3rd  

Pato O'Ward, Driver, No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, said:

"Good day for us. This is my best ever qualifying position in the Indy 500 and my first time making the Firestone Fast Six. We're starting fifth, so No. 5 for No. 5. It's such a long race, so much can happen and so much goes down. There are always massive challenges that get thrown our way. All we have to do now is make our race car the best we can and just not change too much of what we've done the past few years. We've been in contention for a good amount of them, so I'm looking forward to next Sunday. That’s the one that counts."

Indianapolis 500 Qualifications Day 2 - Fast 12 6th 233.229 mph
Indianapolis 500 Qualifications Day 2 - Fast Six 5th 233.158 mph
Starting Position 5th  

Alexander Rossi, Driver, No. 7 VELO Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, said:

"It’s tight, it always is tight. It’s a great team effort. I think that two cars in the Firestone Fast Six is great, and we got all four cars in the top 12. We just didn’t quite get the balance right for these conditions, which isn’t an excuse, four other cars did, but seventh is a good starting spot. We’ll see what next week brings. Overall, just a huge effort from Arrow McLaren."

Indianapolis 500 Qualifications Day 2 - Fast 12 7th 233.110 mph
Starting Position 7th  

Tony Kanaan, Driver, No. 66 SmartStop Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, said:

"Hot, sticky and very slippery. We knew the track temp went up quite a bit, and we took a swing at it, but it didn’t work. We had the time to tell our teammates what to do and they’re got up there, so it’s a good team effort. Now, we have a shot at winning and we’re going to go for it."

Indianapolis 500 Qualifications Day 2 - Fast 12 9th 233.076 mph
Starting Position 9th  

Gavin Ward, Racing Director, Arrow McLaren, said:

"Front row start, that's nothing to cry about. You have to put things into perspective here. That's a great day for the team, a really strong showing. We showed we can mix it up there at the front. This team is hungry, and this result will only make us more so. At the end of the day, you only put your face on the trophy if you win, so that's where we're focusing."

Session Times

Indianapolis 500 Practice Monday, May 22, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Indianapolis 500 Practice Friday, May 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Tune In Sunday, May 28, 11:00 a.m. ET on NBC
Green Flag Sunday, May 28, 12:45 p.m. ET