Brown: McLaren IndyCar star O’Ward jogs my memory of a younger Montoya - Motor Informed

Brown: McLaren IndyCar star O’Ward jogs my memory of a younger Montoya

Arrow McLaren SP driver O’Ward just lately battled from 16th on the grid to attain his second win of the IndyCar season in Detroit, placing him into the thick of the championship struggle.

The 22-year-old’s performances have drawn reward from throughout the racing world, with Crimson Bull Formulation 1 driver Sergio Perez saying his compatriot has what it takes to race “the easiest drivers on the planet”.

Requested by Autosport about O’Ward’s win in Detroit, McLaren Racing boss Brown urged individuals to go and watch it, saying: “I haven’t seen a race like that shortly.”

Brown in contrast O’Ward to two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Montoya, who raced for McLaren in F1 and linked up with the Arrow McLaren SP squad for this 12 months’s Indy 500.

“He very a lot jogs my memory of a younger Juan Pablo Montoya,” Brown mentioned.

“He was very a lot in management, whereas he was super-aggressive. And in addition credit score to Scott Dixon, Colton Herta, and Josef Newgarden – these have been guys he knew he might race cleanly with.

“It was an superior drive. He’s an enormous expertise. I feel he’s very naturally gifted. He can dangle a automotive out like I noticed Montoya do on ovals, which doesn’t appear to scare him.”

At first of the season, Brown promised O’Ward an F1 take a look at in Abu Dhabi if he gained an IndyCar race this 12 months, which was clinched along with his maiden victory in Texas final month.

Patricio O'Ward, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Patricio O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Photograph by: Artwork Fleischmann

He’ll participate within the end-of-year operating on the Yas Marina Circuit following the season finale, giving him the possibility to pattern F1 equipment for the primary time.

However Brown mentioned that O’Ward’s focus needed to stay on IndyCar as a result of closeness of the title battle.

A ninth-place end at Highway America noticed O’Ward slip 28 factors behind new championship chief Alex Palou, having led by one level going into the weekend.

“He’s going to get his take a look at on the finish of the 12 months,” Brown mentioned.

“He’s younger, he’s 21. So let’s see the place his profession takes him. Proper now, we’re retaining him laser-focused on IndyCar. Traditionally, [the] IndyCar [championship] comes right down to the final race with about three, 4, 5 drivers that may win it.

“I would like him to remain laser-focused there, however tremendous impressed with him.

“Let’s see how he will get on within the Abu Dhabi take a look at, and go from there.”



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