O’Ward claims P1 award for Barber Motorsports Park, lineup for IndyCar opener

Pato O’Ward claimed the P1 award for the running of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

“I feel like I have earned by spot in the sport to challenge for podiums and wins,” O’Ward said. “Man, we’ve been working so hard in the offseason, and we’re clicking. Everyone in the team is working well together, and I knew exactly what I needed to get the time out of the reds (Firestone alternate tires), especially. We just had to maintain pace on blacks (Firestone primary tires) because I thought we were pretty strong.

“We did that, and we’re starting on pole. It feels good. These guys deserve it. We’ve got a race to win tomorrow.”

The season opening IndyCar Race will take place at Barber Motorsports Park and consists of a 90-lap race, with live coverage starting at 3 p.m. (ET) Sunday on NBC and the IndyCar Radio Network.

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