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Patricio O’Ward completes first laps of the NTT Indycar Series 2019

Patricio O’Ward completes first laps of the NTT Indycar Series 2019

23.03.2019: Patricio O’Ward made his 2019 NTT IndyCar Series debut at Circuit of The Americas this afternoon for the Inaugural INDYCAR Classic with Carlin.

Patricio O’Ward made his 2019 NTT IndyCar Series debut at Circuit of The Americas this afternoon for the Inaugural INDYCAR Classic with Carlin.
 

 
 
O’Ward had two practice sessions and a warm-up/pit stop practice today to get a feel for the No. 31 and the Carlin crew. The Mexican native tested with Carlin just over a week ago before coming to Austin, but today’s track time marked his first time running with the full team and set-up.


 
The nineteen-year-old wasted no time showing he was there to make progress. O’Ward posted a lap time of 1:50.489 in the first practice session and improved that to a 1:48.521, which left him 11th out of the 24 drivers entered in the INDYCAR Classic.
 


Tomorrow, a final practice begins at 10 a.m CST and will stream on INDYCAR Pass. The battle for the $100,000 prize for the driver that wins both pole and the race starts with three rounds of knockout qualifying, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. Coverage airs live on NBCSN, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sport Gold app, and INDYCAR Pass.
 


Mexican coverage of the INDYCAR Classic on Sunday starts at 12 p.m and can be found at http://racecontrol.indycar.com/index-global.html

 

 
Patricio O’Ward, No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet


 
“I’d say it was a good first day of practice here at COTA. Obviously, I would’ve liked to end the day a little bit higher on the timing sheets, but I know that I’m a bit behind the curve with not having two full testing days here like the rest of the field had back in February.



This track requires a lot of technique even in the slow areas, so there really isn’t a lot of room for mistakes which is why I’m working so hard to get up to speed as quickly as possible. There are definitely some things I need to work through before qualifying tomorrow afternoon, but it’s obvious that the whole Carlin team is very buttoned up and will get me to where I need to be. I think overall we’re in pretty good shape heading into qualifying tomorrow.”
 




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