I’m Really Not Sure How Pato O’Ward Saved This


I’m Really Not Sure How Pato O’Ward Saved This

I continue to be astounded by the wealth of young talent in IndyCar right now. Take, for example, Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward. The Mexican driver is just 22, yet he’s already taken two wins this season at fearsome tracks—Texas and Belle Isle—and now, he’s in contention for the 2021 save-of-the-year award.

O’Ward got big oversteer into turn 1 at Road America yesterday, and honestly, I don’t know how me managed to hold onto this one. It’s rare you see a modern, top-level open-wheel car getting this much slip angle without spinning. O’Ward has to go to full lock, one hand on the wheel, to keep the car pointed forward. It’s an astonishing sight, that I’ve now watched 15 times in a row. You need quick hands to catch a sliding race car, and clearly, O’Ward has ’em. The talent on display here is well beyond his years.

Is this better than Josef Newgarden’s crazy tank-slapper save from IndyCar testing earlier this year? I’ll cop out and say it’s different, but both show serious skill. Both are also proof that you really should be watching IndyCar this season as the series seems to be home to a bottomless well of talent this year. For the full story and video, check out this article from Road & Track.

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