A Front Row Start For Wickens As Hinch Starts From Fourth For SPM
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports had a great qualifying session for Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course as Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda starts the race on the front row alongside pole sitter Will Power of Team Penske.
The Canadian who set a qualifying time of 01:09.9052s commented by saying:
Great job by the SPM guys – we got both cars in the Firestone Fast Six. I’m a bit gutted with P2… We’re obviously in the front row, but when you lead the whole qualifying, you want to finish like that. It was close. I ended up losing a few hundredths (of a second) in the end, but I can see why – it wasn’t the tidiest lap. You have to do the perfect job to get the pole here, but I’m happy to be back in the Fast Six; the last time we made it was in St. Pete. Tomorrow’s a whole new can of worms – let’s go play.
James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda endured a tough morning in practice however recovered in qualifying to start the race from fourth place with a time of 01:10.0858s and speaking following the session the Mayor off HinchTown commented by saying:
Huge credit to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to get the Lucas Oil car and the Arrow Electronics car in the Firestone Fast Six today. It was a bad day to have a bad day with the compressed schedule, and we had a really bad Practice 2. We had some braking problems… we couldn’t develop the car at all. Luckily, we have a solid teammate in Robbie (Wickens), and he was quick in that second session. We were really able to lean on him and it shows. We ended up a tenth (of a second) apart, both in the Fast Six which is awesome. I was still kind of relearning the car in the first few laps; you don’t get a whole lot of laps in qualifying, so like I said, I’m really proud of the whole team.