Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda was left disappointed following a frustrating qualifying session for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course.
The Mayor of HinchTown missed out on a place in the Firestone Fast Six pole position shoot-out and as a result will start the race from eighth place on the grid.
The Toronto native set a fastest time of 01:04.3784s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
A bit of a disappointing day to be honest. The Arrow car has been top six pretty much every single session when you put all the pieces together, and the challenge here in qualifying is getting that lap and putting all the pieces together. Unfortunately we ran into some guys that were gapping pretty disrespectfully and not giving everybody the room that was needed; when there are only 12 cars on track, it’s pretty crazy that we can’t all find a gap. We got caught out by that today. It happens, it’s part of racing. No doubt we had the speed to be in the Firestone Fast Six. Hopefully that bodes well for tomorrow, and we can move up and put the Arrow Electronics car in victory lane.
Hinchcliffe’s team mate Mikhail Aleshin is back in the No.7 Lucas Oil Honda after sitting out the Honda Indy Toronto last time out and went into qualifying on the back foot after hitting the tire wall at turn 11.
The Russian will start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid in 21st place and speaking after setting a fastest time of 01:05.244s he commented by saying:
Qualifying last was definitely not what we were expecting. I think part of it is me getting back into my rhythm after missing the last race weekend in Toronto. Of course it would be nice to qualify at the top, but the most important thing is to finish the race. We all know what can happen here at Mid-Ohio. The people who have seen last year’s race will know what I mean. We just need to continue to push forward and do well, and I’m pretty sure we are going to have a competitive race car for tomorrow.