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Pato O'Ward gave high praise for the inaugural Music City Grand Prix

Devon Williams

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NASHVILLE, TN - IndyCar series was held in Nashville at the Music City Grand Prix for the first time ever on the temporary street circuit all across the town last Sunday. The Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O'Ward has high praise and excitement about the race. He said that the grand prix matched the vibe of IndyCar's legendary race, Indy 500.

O'Ward said that every event and vibe leading up to the race is as big or second to the IndyCar's annual crown jewel.

“There’s a lot of hype going into this weekend. I’m doing a special helmet, we have these really cool designs—Arrow on my car and Vuse on (teammate Felix Rosenqvist’s car), with our same kind of colors of our original liveries for the year but just crazier.”

As he said, the McLaren drivers used special designs on their helmets and car liveries. The design was from the winner of the Vuse Design Challenge, they used it as a special one-off design, only for the inaugural Music City GP.

O'Ward praised the events that have been held in order to make the first-ever IndyCar race in Nashville a memorable one for the fans. Fans were treated with a Fan Fest to kickoff the weekend on Thursday, and then local hero Josef Newgarden held a celebrity ping pong tournament, which was open to public. On Saturday and Sunday, besides the racing events, the organizer completed the weekend with a music concert, featuring the Grand Ole Opry.

Pato O'Ward finished 13th in the race and currently sits in third place in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series standings with 362 points.

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