Frustration for the Arrow McLarens of Rossi and Rosenqvist after separate incidents in Texas

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Alexander Rossi says “It was an inconsistent ruling from IndyCar” after the Arrow McLaren SP driver collided with Kyle Kirkwood in the pit lane.

The driver of the number 7 car finished in 23rd, seven laps behind the winner Josef Newgarden.

Rossi said Indycar’s ruling was unpredictable but Arrow McLaren enjoyed good pace in Texas as one of his team mates Pato O’Ward finished second and made 93 overtakes.

“It was an inconsistent ruling from INDYCAR and very disappointing from Kyle. It was a wasted day for the No. 7 VELO Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, but the car was good and that’s all that matters.

“We had a really strong car. That’s obvious with qualifying and Pato’s result. It got taken away from us in the first stop to no fault of our own.”

Photo credit: Penske Entertainment | Joe Skibinski

Felix Rosenqvist clattered the wall while running in the top 10 at Turn 4 on Lap 177 and squandered to opportunity for a good result after qualifying on pole position.

The Swedish driver has endured a tough start to the season, with two retirements from the opening two races in St. Pete and Texas.

Rosenqvist described his race-ending incident and said: “Tough call today, ending up in the wall. I got too wide in the marbles in Turns 3 and 4 and just spun around and crashed.”

The 31-year-old explained he wasn’t completely happy with his number 6 Arrow McLaren SP but he is eagerly anticipating the next round on the streets of Long Beach.

“It was a tough race for me. I thought we were competitive, but I was not super comfy with the balance of the car. But it was on me, that one.

“It sucks, but we’ll just have to bounce back stronger. It was a shame for Pato as well. He looked like the strongest guy out there. We look forward to Long Beach.”

Photo credit: Penske Entertainment | Chris Jones