“A very good day”, a first successful test for Théo Pourchaire on oval

“A very good day”, a first successful test for Théo Pourchaire on oval
“A very good day”, a first successful test for Théo Pourchaire on oval

Alexander Rossi was also present at this test session. The American performed a “shakedown” of the car, to ensure that everything was working well and responding correctly. Théo Pourchaire then slipped into the seat of the McLaren for a productive day.

“It was a really good day!” It was my first IndyCar test on an oval, and it went very well. Overall I’m very happy, I had the opportunity to do a lot of laps and it went well. Thanks to McLaren for giving me the opportunity to do a day of testing in IndyCar, it’s always positive to have some extra driving time”did he declare.

Reigning Formula 2 champion, Pourchaire has already taken part in two races with the McLaren team, at Long Beach and Barber. This first contact with an oval track is potentially a further step towards an American future for him. Like many other drivers, his first laps were certainly pleasant, but also… dizzying! The Gateway circuit being a short oval (2 km), you spend most of your time there in turns, which requires a certain adaptation.

“It’s quite impressive to be on an oval for the first time, it goes very quickly, you can’t make any mistakes. Mentally, it’s very tiring and I was even a little dizzy every time I got out of the car, since it only turns left. As it is also a short oval, we ultimately only turn. It was very pleasant, and a good step forward for me. For the future, it can only help me. »

Ovals this season?

The future of Théo Pourchaire could in any case pass through ovals. IndyCar indeed attended the session and validated the skills of the native of Grasse, who therefore has the authorization to compete on ovals if he wishes. If the seat of the No. 6 were to be shared between Pourchaire and Callum Ilott, as since the start of the season, the Frenchman would have to take part in the rounds of Iowa, Milwaukee and Nashville, all on oval tracks. The Briton would be held back by his WEC entry with Jota.

A spokesperson for the McLaren team, however, confirmed to us that Théo Pourchaire would not for the moment be authorized to compete in Indianapolis, with a view to the 500 Miles. He would first need to complete a test session on a larger oval, such as Texas Motor Speedway, before being able to complete his “Rookie Orientation Program” in Indiana.

The McLaren team has yet to confirm who will replace David Malukas this weekend, for the event held on the road course of the Indianapolis circuit. Callum Ilott being at Spa-Francorchamps for the WEC, Théo Pourchaire has every chance of competing in a third IndyCar race in a row.

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