A Challenging Day For Hinch On Friday
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda felt that Friday was a challenge for him after the Canadian finished the day in 15th place and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
Today was a challenge. From what we’re seeing with the tires here only being good for one run, you really have to kind of maximize each sticker set and commit to a change that you hope works, because trying to fix it on a second run, usually isn’t very productive. It limits how much running we can do, and I think we’ve been seeing that across the board. Getting on the reds (Firestone alternate tires) for the first time this afternoon was helpful heading into qualifying tomorrow, but that definitely unveiled some issues we still have with the Arrow car. Not where we want to be on the time charts, but we’re working hard at it, and hopefully, we’ll be back stronger tomorrow for qualifying.
Jack Harvey in the No.7 AutoNation Honda ended the session in 21st place and speaking following his session, the Englishman commented by saying:
This morning was quite positive. I certainly felt like we had a more competitive car, better balance. This afternoon, I think the track conditions changed significantly, and I don’t think we adapted to them particularly well. I think at least we know what didn’t work so we can now go in the opposite direction and see what does work a little better. The AutoNation Sirius XM crew and I will just keep working, keep trying and use tomorrow morning’s session as a good opportunity to learn something ahead of qualifying.