Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda had a fantastic start to the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday as the Toronto native who started the race from 12th place made his way up to the front leading the race and jockeying for the top three with Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan.
The Mayor of HinchTown dropped down the order in the race however after his car got loose on the marbles and he was able to make the most incredible save making sure he didn’t hit the wall however he and JR Hildebrand made contact with each other bringing out the pace car and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We were two-wide racing there shortly after the re-start and I was on the inside there. The guys in front of us started racing and I guess J.R. (Hildebrand) got a bit of push when everybody was side-by-side and put a bunch of wheel in it, it pitched him loose and I was just there. If I had been a bit back, he probably would have spun down in front of me. I might have gotten into him either way – you don’t really know. It’s unfortunate and at the end of the day we really shouldn’t have been back there. We should have been running up front like we were. I made a mistake in pit lane and put us in that position so I’m gutted for the Arrow boys; they deserve better than that. We’re going to regroup and try to do well at Gateway.
In his second race for the team Sebastian Saavedra started the race from 15th place in the No.7 Lucas Oil Honda but was left disappointed as he was forced to retire from the event. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Very disappointing situation to be honest. We were struggling since yesterday with a loose car, which unfortunately got marginally looser as we went into the race. The whole No. 7 team did an amazing job getting the balance back to me, and we had a very strong second stint, which we really capitalized on. We were moving very strongly through the field looking for a nice top 10 there, then had a situation with Munoz – contact that put me into the apron. We might have bent a shock, which basically ended our day. Our mission was to bring it home, but unfortunately this couldn’t happen. We were losing water pressure, and so there were a lot of issues that were happening, and it just ended up not our way. Looking forward to what’s to come next weekend. Not our weekend for the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports organization, but we just need to continue working and building something stronger for what’s to come.