2022 Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report

Streets of Long Beach 
Date: Sunday, April 10th 
Round: 3/17 
Race laps: 85 
Total race distance: 167.28 miles/269.21 km 
Length: 1.96 miles/3.16 km 
Number of turns: 11
Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Starting Position: 11th
Finishing Position: 5th
Championship Standing: 9th, 63 points 
“After the first two races of the season, I’ll take finishing fifth. It is a good solid foundation to build on for the rest of the year. We can work from here. We learned some good things through warm-up and the race that should help us when we come back and when we go to another street course. “

“I think this is a very solid start to our charge for a championship. I know it’s the third race, but this is what we needed. Barber is next and I love that place.”
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 
Starting Position: 4th
Finishing Position: 11th
Championship Standing: 17th, 42 points  
“After a horrible first stint, with a lot of tire degradation, I had no rubber left on the tires. It’s a familiar thing at this point with the last event being the same deal. That’s something we really need to solve. I’m not sure if it is driving-related, setup-related or maybe a little bit of both. It’s something we have to fix, because we can’t afford to miss opportunities like today where we had a potential top-five result in the bag.”

 “It all started slipping away and we were trying to survive out there with massive degradation. It’s a shame to come home 11th, but there are some positives to take away. We had good speed this weekend and we were excited and ready to go. We all want to capitalize on a good finish, and right now that would be good for all of us.”
Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP
“Overall it was a solid day for Arrow McLaren SP, especially given how chaotic the weekend was on track. Pato did a great job of letting the race come to him and slowly working his way toward the front. He drove a smart race, avoided some incidents in front of him and finished fifth.” 

“Felix started fourth and was keeping pace with the leaders but unfortunately his tires started to fall off sooner than we would have liked during the first stints. He dropped quite a few places but was eventually able to make his way up and finish 11th.”I can’t say enough about how strong both Arrow McLaren SP crews were today, the pit stops were flawless. I’m proud of the hard work that everybody put in all week and hopefully this is a turning point as we head to Barber in a few weeks.”