Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe was left a little disappointed after finishing today’s Verizon IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg just shy of the podium in third place.
The Mayor of HinchTown in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda started the 110 lap race from seventh place and ran up front all day.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports made wholesale changes to their operation over the off-season and that showed great potential on Sunday as both Hinch and his new team mate Robert Wickens ran up front all day.
The Mayor of HinchTown commented following the race by saying:
“It wasn’t quite the ending we wanted but it was a good race. I tapped the wall in turn 8 early in the first stint and that kind of bent it out of whack a little bit. Man, on our own in clean air, the ARROW Electronics car was a rocket ship, we were setting fast laps at one point on red tires and black tires, but once we got in to traffic, I think we lost the front end too much and couldn’t do anything about it. At the end there, Graham (Rahal) had a lot more push to pass than we did so I was trying to threaten him and make him use up as much as he could, but it is what it is. Gutted for Robbie (Wickens) obviously, it was a story book race from pole but a few laps to go going for the win, Alex (Rossi) is a fast, aggressive guy and we knew something was going to be tried at least and it’s unfortunate he ended up there. Huge congratulations to the team for a solid result.
The next stop on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule sees Hinch and the rest of the drivers and teams head to ISM Raceway in Phoenix for the first oval race of the season.