We Just Need To Keep Our Heads Down
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda will start Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park from fourth place on the grid.
The Mayor of HinchTown led the final practice session ahead of qualifying and set a fastest time in the Firestone Fast Six of 01:08.8476s.
Speaking following the session Hinch said:
Fourth is the worst we’ve been all weekend, which is a crazy thing to say. In one sense, we’re obviously thankful for that. The Arrow car has been great right off the truck. Honestly, I feel bad for the guys because we had a really strong car and I made a mistake in that first run in (the Firestone Fast Six), and that was our better set of tires. We put the good ones on first and tried to just do one and done and I screwed up coming out of Turn 17. I’m going to be kicking myself on that one for a while because I know it cost us a good shot at pole. We can race from the second row. The Arrow guys have been great in the pits all year long, and it is a long race here at Barber. We just need to keep our heads down, be smart in the race and hopefully make up for it.”
Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda starts the race from 20th place having set a time of 01:08.9226s.
Speaking following qualifying Ericsson said:
It was not a great session, obviously. We were out in (Round 1) again, so that was very disappointing. The Arrow car felt quite good, but we are not quick enough to transfer so we need to dig into that. Again, we know we have a good race car; we’ve shown that all year. You just have to trust in that, but obviously, we will be starting further back than we would’ve liked. Big thanks to the Arrow guys for rebuilding the car after the incident in P3. They did a great job to get the car back together and ready for qualifying.”