A Strong Race For Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda started Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park from fourth place and came home in sixth place just behind Alexander Rossi.
The Mayor of HinchTown had a really strong weekend and speaking following the day’s action he said:
“Obviously, with the pace we had all weekend, sixth is a bit of a disappointment, for sure. The Arrow car had a solid podium going there until that yellow (flag) caught us off guard. We were all over (Scott) Dixon’s gearbox in that third stint. We were quite a bit quicker, just couldn’t get past. We were looking to make a move during that cycle, but that restart just threw us for a loop. We had a little bit too much understeer in the car in that last stint. We had a good long-run car, but we weren’t the quickest getting up to speed. I don’t think our out laps were great, and the first lap or so on the restart, we weren’t awesome. Certainly, a bit disappointed. I feel like we left a couple of positions out there today. It is what it is. The pace was good all weekend, and if we keep doing that, eventually our day will come.”
Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda was the biggest mover in Sunday’s race having come through the field from 20th place on the grid to finish the race in seventh place.
Speaking following the race he said:
“It was another great race for us. I think like St. Pete and COTA, we’ve shown how strong we are in the races. Going from an obviously disappointing qualifying starting from P20 going all the way up to P7, I think that shows the potential we have and the whole package that we’ve got. So, I’m really, really happy with my race; we got the strategy perfect again like we have done the last couple of times, as well. It was really nice to finally get the result as well. We should’ve been in the top five in COTA without that penalty and also in St. Pete we were in for a top-eight finish. It’s so nice to finally bring it home and not get that bad luck to cause our problems like the last two rounds. It’s really positive and really happy for the Arrow guys – they did a great job again this weekend. We can definitely build on this performance. Now we just need to sort it out so that we can qualify a bit higher, because if we can do that, we can really challenge for podiums and wins.”