Ilott takes Arrow McLaren to the top in Thermal session three

A busy night of work by the Arrow McLaren team paid off for Callum Ilott who posted the fastest lap during the two-hour test session Saturday morning at The Thermal Club.

Ilott’s 1m38.778s lap was just enough to demote Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou—fastest in both Friday sessions—by a modest amount (+0.052s), and behind them, another quick driver from Friday, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Christian Lundgaard, was further adrift (+0.287s).

“Arrow McLaren did a great job to set it up like they have,” Ilott told RACER. “We did a lot of work over overnight because there was one guy who is quite quick (Palou) that we all needed to catch. I think that was a job well done this morning.”

Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin was fourth (+0.293s), Ilott’s teammate Pato O’Ward was fifth (+0.341s), and Palou’s teammate Marcus Armstrong was sixth (+0.602s).