A Busy Day For The Mayor of HinchTown

 

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda had a busy opening test day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday.

The Mayor of HinchTown not only drove his car but he also did some install laps with Jack Harvey’s No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda for Meyer Shank Racing and for Oriol Servia in the No.77 MotoGator Team Stange Honda.

Speaking following the day’s action he said:

Solid first day in the books. We accomplished everything that we had set out to do today. The big thing was the car swap (Hinchcliffe did laps in each of the team’s four cars). The Arrow guys did a great job building four cars as close as they did, it’s not an easy thing to do. Lots of data gathered today, lots of things to look at overnight, so we can get into it tomorrow.”

Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda had a good first day of practice at the Speedway saying:

It was a good first day. Obviously, a lot of new things for me still to learn on the oval and today was our first proper day of running on the speedway here because the last time was focused on completing the ROP (Rookie Orientation Program) and also the weather, so we didn’t really get a lot of laps in that day. But today, we really went through the whole program without any hiccups in the Arrow car. For me, it was important that by the end of the day, we did a long run with other cars running in a group, which is, obviously, a lot different to running on your own. It was my first time ever running in a group on an oval and that was a big experience and very important to get that done on the first day. Tonight, we have a lot to go through and I have a lot that I can learn from today and bring over for tomorrow.”

Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda for Meyer Shank Racing was happy with how his first day at the office went saying:

“It was a decent first day. Obviously, there’s a lot of changes especially coming from the (INDYCAR) GP to this weekend. We haven’t driven on an oval since last year’s 500, so it’s just about getting back in the groove. It’s difficult right now to factor in no-tow times, tow times and the usual speedway factors. We have a decent baseline to work off of and have three more days to figure it out before qualifying. It’s a good start, but we will continue to look for more.”

Oriol Servia in the No.77 MotoGator Team Stange Honda said:

 “It’s not at all how we want to be (time-wise/speed-wise) five days from now, but it was a very good first day. The four (team) cars, we all tried different things. Some things a little different, some were the same, and we got the same reads on things, so I think this is a very clear direction on which path to take. I’m actually quite happier with how I finished the day than how I started, so it’s all good. Earlier in the day, we had a bit of a mechanical issue that kept us in the garage a little longer than we wanted to, but these things happen and better today than on race day. Big thank you to MotoGator, Team Stange Racing and Arrow SPM for this opportunity. Looking forward to another great day tomorrow.”

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