Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers Mikhail Aleshin and James Hinchcliffe had an extremely strong race at the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday. Aleshin who started the race from ninth on the grid secured a top five finish coming home in fifth place and speaking following the race the Russian commented by saying:
Fifth is definitely a decent result and really good for the whole team, The guys did an amazing job to put the SMP Racing car together overnight after some technical issues we had yesterday. The car was pretty good to drive compared to most of the field. We were moving up in position constantly during the race and I was pretty patient. I knew that we were going to be up there, but at the same time, I knew that we had to be aggressive with some things. Overall, we put everything together today and P5 was definitely good.
James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda put his tough qualifying behind him coming from the back of the field on Sunday to finish the race in ninth place which was a great result going forward as the next race this weekend sees the Verizon IndyCar Series head to the Mayor’s home town of Toronto and speaking following the race Hinch commented by saying:
I think we can be pretty pleased with that, To start shotgun in the field and end up in the top ten without really any lucky breaks or lucky yellows. It was just on pace, we had quick stops from the guys and stayed out of trouble. There weren’t a lot of cautions or a lot of guys going out today, so we kind of just had to race our way up there. Big credit to the No. 5 crew and everybody on the Arrow Electronics team. The car was good all weekend, other than that issue with qualifying obviously, so it sucked to start back there but to be able to work our way back up showed the strength that we have. Obviously congrats to Mikahil with his top five, it was a great day for the SPM team.