2021 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Practice Report

2021 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Practice Report

Streets of St. Petersburg

Date: Sunday, April 25

Round: 2 of 17

Race Laps: 100

Total Race Distance: 180 miles/289.68 km

Track Length: 1.8 miles/2.89km

Number of turns: 14

Remaining session start times:

Practice 2: Saturday, 9:45 – 10:20 a.m. ET
Qualifying: Saturday, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Green Flag: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET

TUNE IN: Sunday, 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC

Felix, Driver, No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice 1: 7th, 1:00.9956

“We had some issues with the gearbox, so we were kinda delayed on getting out. We got some solid laps in at the end. I think the baseline was good, and I think we are competitive. Definitely some things to trim out and to improve on with the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, but to start with, it was a pretty good feeling.”

Pato O’Ward, Driver, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Practice 1: 9th, 1:01.0603

“First practice in the books. We have to get the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet more in the window. We are lacking in a few places, so we will make sure to make some good changes for tomorrow. We will see how we stack up in Practice 2, but it’s really tight out there. The first 18 were within three or four tenths. It’s going to be a really tight qualifying, but it’s going to be very important for the race. When you start up front here, it’s definitely a lot easier on both the driver and team than when you start at the back.”

Taylor Kiel, President, Arrow McLaren SP

“It’s a quick turnaround for Arrow McLaren SP this week as we head to St. Petersburg for the second race of the season. This is always one of the most popular races on the calendar, for good reason, with a beautiful street course right on the water that always produces exciting races. I think Pato and Felix both showed some really promising speed in Barber and Pato finished second in St. Pete last year, so hopefully we can push for the next step up on the podium this year. I’m really thankful for the entire team working hard on such a tight turnaround and hopefully we can put on a good show for the partners and fans in Florida.”

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