Tomorrow We Move Forward

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Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda was left disappointed following qualifying for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach after missing out on a place in the Firestone Fast 12 as a result of the red flag that came put during his final run.

Taking to Twitter after qualifying he said:

Red flag in qualy killed our chances of a good starting spot. But that, as they say, is racing! Onward and upward. The 5 car is racy, the crew is fast and the driver is highly motivated! Tomorrow we move forward!⁣@hondaracing_hpd // @ArrowGlobal // @spmindycar // #5ToTheFront

Hinch went on to say:

(About the red flag hindering a session): “It’s something that has caught out a lot of people this year. As drivers and teams, you can’t predict this, unless you want to start out on your reds (Firestone alternate tires), which exposes you in a different way. If INDYCAR’s not willing to make a change, that might be a strategy that people start adopting. It’s really unfortunate. I think the Arrow car was really quick. I made a bit of a mistake on our black (Firestone primary tires) lap; that was on me. We should have been in it (on to Round 2) on black pace, to be honest. That can be the defense of the series, ‘If you were quicker on blacks, you would have made it through.’ I think we had a great car on reds; we tuned the car for reds, not for the blacks. If we had been able to finish our lap, I think we would have been very competitive.”

Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda starts the race from 19th place and speaking following the day’s action he said:

“We didn’t really get a lap on the blacks (Firestone primary tires), then we decided to box early to try to get out first on reds (Firestone alternate tires). We came out decently on reds and ready to do a lap and then there was a red flag. It happens a lot in this series and it’s very frustrating.”

Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda starts the race from 18th place with a time of 01:07.5287s and speaking following the day’s action he said:

The encouraging thing for us is that we have pretty good black (Firestone primary tire) pace. We were strong this morning and were running P5, we just didn’t take a very big step on reds (Firestone alternate tires). We will have to take a look on why that is because we usually are pretty good on reds. Once we figure out why, then we will be able to figure out the solution straight away.”

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