A Tough Qualifying For Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda endured a tough qualifying session for today’s Verizon IndyCar Series season finale Grand Prix of Sonoma.
The Mayor of HinchTown will start the race from 15th place on the grid having set a time of 01:18.5740s.
Speaking following the session the Canadian said:
We needed to improve with the wind going this direction, unfortunately. Yesterday, it was a complete 180 from the way it’s blowing – we just don’t have the car sorted for that. With the Firestone reds (alternate tires) the way they are, it’s kind of one and done on the laps and I made a couple small mistakes. With the field being this competitive, you just can’t afford to do that. I feel bad for the Arrow Electronics guys, we should be starting further up than that. It’s definitely been a struggle this weekend. We’ll put our thinking caps on and see what we can do to make it better tomorrow.”
Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM MSR Honda with SPM starts the race from 16th place following a time of 01:18.5892s and speaking following the session he said:
That qualifying run was probably representative of where we were in practice. The competition is so high when you get to this level. At this track, you really have to produce when everything is good because when it’s not good it just makes it that extra bit harder. The guys are working really hard and continue to engineer the car well for me. We just haven’t quite stumbled upon that combination just yet. As always, we are working as hard to put our AutoNation / SiriusXM car up front. We have a lot of guests here, so we want to put on a great race for them.”
Carlos Munoz in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda starts the race from 22nd place with a time of 01:18.7211s and speaking following the session he said:
“I’m a little disappointed with my qualifying run. I made a mistake that cost me a few positions. This track is a really important track position kind of track, but we’ll do our best tomorrow. Hopefully with our strategy, we’ll have a little more pace on our long runs in the Lucas Oil car. We’ll fight it out tomorrow.”