O’Ward began the race in 12th and rapidly labored his method into the main pack, main 17 laps and working inside the highest three locations for almost all of the 200-lap race.
Nonetheless, the winner of IndyCar’s second Texas race slipped to fourth on the ultimate lap after 2019 Indy 500 victor Simon Pagenaud’s Staff Penske automotive blasted previous him on the again stretch.
O’Ward, who didn’t qualify with Carlin in 2019, defined that he had “an ideal race”, however reckoned there’s nonetheless had extra to come back from the workforce.
“We have been within the struggle all day,” mentioned O’Ward.
“I feel we had an ideal race, we simply weren’t quick sufficient in the long run.
“Once they allow us to free, I couldn’t fairly catch Alex [Palou] and Helio [Castroneves, race winner]. We’ve acquired work to do for after we come again subsequent 12 months.
“Clearly, it burns somewhat bit to lose the third place on the final lap however I used to be making an attempt all the things I might to attempt to win this factor for the Arrow McLaren SP workforce. We are going to come again subsequent race and hopefully do higher.
“We must be very happy with the work we did however there’s undoubtedly extra to be performed.”
Patricio O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Photograph by: Barry Cantrell / Motorsport Images
His momentary team-mate, the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, additionally scored a top-10 end with a stable run to ninth place.
“It was lots of enjoyable and we had a extremely good automotive,” mentioned Montoya.
“We had nice technique and an incredible race automotive. It’s a disgrace, we have been forward of Simon [Pagenaud] a lot of the day, the #22 automotive and he completed third.
“We undoubtedly had the automotive to be within the high 5. We race laborious, we strive laborious and we do the perfect we are able to. For being a one-off race, it’s been fairly cool.”
The third Arrow McLaren SP entry of Felix Rosenqvist additionally led seven laps, however this was because of working an alternate technique after a pitlane rushing penalty early on. He was pressured to pit from the lead with simply seven laps to go and ended up ending 27th.
“We gambled on a fuel-save technique to provide us a yellow in the long run, however it didn’t come, [and] that was it,” he mentioned.