Arrow McLaren 2024 Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix Race Preview

Written by Adrian Beecher

The high-octane thrill of IndyCar racing continues this weekend at the picturesque Barber Motorsports Park with the Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix. Set for Sunday, April 28, this race marks the third of seventeen rounds in the 2024 NTT IndyCar Series. Fans can expect a day of intense racing with 90 laps covering a total distance of 207 miles (333.13 km) around the 2.38-mile (3.83 km) circuit featuring 17 challenging turns.

Weekend Schedule

  • Practice 1: Friday, 2:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. CST
  • Practice 2: Saturday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. CST
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST
  • Warm-up: Sunday, 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. CST
  • Race Start: Sunday, 12:40 p.m. CST

Viewers can tune in to the excitement beginning at 12:00 p.m. CST on Sunday.

Arrow McLaren Team Highlights

Pato O’Ward (#5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet) heads into the weekend ranked 6th in the championship with a strong history at Barber Motorsports Park, including a pole position and a win in previous races. O’Ward’s enthusiasm for the track is palpable, stating, “I’ve had a lot of success at Barber… I always get super excited to go back there.”

Théo Pourchaire (#6 NTT DATA Arrow McLaren Chevrolet), though new to the series with a debut just last weekend at Long Beach, is eager to tackle the unique challenges of Barber. “I’m looking forward to racing at Barber and discovering another new track,” said Pourchaire, emphasizing his readiness to leverage the team’s past success for a strong performance.

Alexander Rossi (#7 VELO Arrow McLaren Chevrolet), coming off a productive test at the track earlier this year, looks to translate that success into a competitive race weekend. Rossi reflects a strategic optimism, noting, “We had a strong test at Barber earlier in the year, so we’ll look to take that positivity into this weekend.”

Gavin Ward, Team Principal, also expressed confidence in the team’s prospects at Barber. “Pato has a win here, and Rossi topped the times on a very productive test day… We are all very excited to see what Theo can do in his 2nd race weekend in IndyCar,” Ward commented.

As the engines rev and the drivers line up, the stage is set for a weekend of high-speed action, tactical brilliance, and potentially history-making performances at the 2024 Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix.

Image Credit: Arrow McLaren Media Communications

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