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IndyCar has “one thing lacking that we’ve got but fairly to crack”

There has been no shortage of challenges for the IndyCar Series over the course of this offseason, including, among many items, yet another hybrid delay. Penske leadership met with a select group of drivers over dinner on Tuesday night, ahead of IndyCar’s annual Content Days, to answer questions and address concerns. O’Ward wasn’t part of

IndyCar has “one thing lacking that we’ve got but fairly to crack”

There was no scarcity of challenges for the IndyCar Collection over the course of this offseason, together with, amongst many gadgets, one more hybrid delay.

Penske management met with a choose group of drivers over dinner on Tuesday evening, forward of IndyCar’s annual Content material Days, to reply questions and handle considerations. O’Ward wasn’t a part of that assembly, so his view was completely different than the optimism shared by attendees such as Arrow McLaren team-mate Alexander Rossi and Graham Rahal.

O’Ward has been outspoken all through the offseason. Final month, previous to the hybrid delay, he told Motorsport.com a new chassis should have been the priority over an updated engine. Talking with the media on Thursday, the Mexican offered some robust ideas about how the IndyCar must push for modern ideas to additional fan engagement past the racing product.

“I am solely 24 years previous, so I do know there’s much more folks that have much more expertise than I do,” O’Ward stated.

“However from my years of life to this point, whenever you see issues develop — it may very well be an individual, it may very well be an organization, a enterprise, a gaggle of individuals. However whenever you’re simply talking of development, change will normally sort of rattle folks’s flooring. Prefer it’ll sort of transfer issues round. Some folks will prefer it, some folks will not prefer it.

“However when you do not evolve and when you do not change, you positive as hell is not going to develop. The one option to doing that’s to vary issues up.”

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O’Ward advised IndyCar’s beliefs are outdated.

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“The best way that issues develop these days is totally completely different to what it was 30 years in the past,” O’Ward stated.

“Have in mind, I wasn’t alive 30 years in the past, however I’ve heard quite a bit from my grandparents, my mother and father. I’ve seen what simply 10 years has accomplished and has shifted within the markets of a whole lot of merchandise and a whole lot of various things.

“I feel having a great product, sure, like that’s vital. However in the end what you want is you need folks to be current. You need folks to be part of one thing that is simply not race automobiles going round.

“I feel we as a sequence are an ideal instance of that as a result of the racing is unbelievable. The racing is so good, however there’s something lacking that we’ve got but fairly to crack. And I feel there’s a whole lot of examples which are going round in motorsports which have proven development. It is principally not a plug and play as a result of each sequence is completely different, however you see how different sequence develop.

“I feel the most straightforward manner could be actually see what’s working for them; what’s inflicting that to occur.”

Patricio O'Ward, Arrow McLaren Chevrolet

Photograph by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

Patricio O’Ward, Arrow McLaren Chevrolet

Whereas O’Ward admitted to being bullish in nature, a few of his pondering comes from how he has seen Arrow McLaren make strides using that tactic.

“I’ve at all times been from the mentality, the whole lot I do, I at all times go one hundred pc,” O’Ward stated.

“I by no means do issues midway. Perhaps that is a bit aggressive to clearly a sequence or no matter, however we’ve got the potential to be like two or three Xing, not rising 5 or 10 p.c a 12 months. We’re promoting ourselves quick by simply desirous to develop incrementally like that.

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“I feel we actually have the potential to see like large features, however similar to in a whole lot of issues, you simply clearly need to gasoline it if you wish to see a few of that double, triple, quadruple.

“I do know I am only a voice. Some folks agree with me, some folks do not agree with me. I consider at Arrow McLaren as a gaggle, we’re on the boat of undoubtedly turbo charging it a bit and simply getting it a bit extra — taking extra of an aggressive method, which has been confirmed to work.

“I do not know. I attempt to do my greatest to assist and to carry new audiences and new folks to the sequence, as a result of I really feel like as soon as folks see and watch it, they will wish to stick round.

“The issue is it is advisable to get it in entrance of as many eyes as you possibly can.”

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