A Solid Race For Hinch
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda said that the team got the best out of what they had in Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The Mayor of HinchTown started the race from 15th and came home inside the top ten in ninth place and speaking following the action he said he said:
I think we did the most with the situation we were in today. Starting where we did (P15), we were going to need some help to get too far forward and it just didn’t come. There were no yellows (flags) that played into our favor; it was basically a caution-free race after that first one. The Arrow guys did a great job in the pits, the car was really quick, we made some moves on track – I think we might have made up more spots than anybody else. It’s so tough in a race that goes all green like that. Proud of the guys. We had good pace, I think we recovered well from qualifying. We’ll try and carry this momentum into the month of May.”
Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda started the race from 19th place and came home in 20th and speaking following the day’s action he said:
“Obviously, it didn’t go the way we wanted with the incident at the start. We got caught out there with everyone packing up in the fountain in Turn 3, so it wasn’t ideal and obviously hitting (teammate) Jack (Harvey) was very unfortunate. From then on, we were one lap down and we had a drive-through penalty, so it was just a very difficult afternoon from that point. Big thank you to the Arrow guys for always pushing and never giving up.”
Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda for Meyer Shank Racing was finished the race in 22nd place following contact with Marcus Ericsson on the opening lap of the race.
Speaking following the race he said:
We were lacking some substantial pace, as I think we had some pretty significant damage from that shunt. I was just trying to get to the end of the race to just try and collect as much data for the team as possible. This weekend has been kind of a struggle for us. But even in a race like I had, I was still pushing as hard as I normally would and there was no difference in mentality. We’ll have a take a look at the data tonight and see where we can improve for the (INDYCAR Grand Prix).”