Schmidt Peterson Motorsports endured a tough race in Iowa on Sunday. James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda started the race from ninth place, and ran as high as fifth during the 300 lap race.
The Mayor of HinchTown made five pit-stops and ended the race event in 10th place just behind Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan having enjoyed an exciting battle with the Brazilian during the race.
Speaking following the race, Hinch commented by saying:
It was a bit of a long day for us, to be honest. We had a really quick car in certain points of the day, but really struggled with the car going loose in traffic. There was a bunch of times where we had really good runs on cars, and as I tried to pull up behind them, we just totally lost the back of the car. We were really fighting that all night long… it was a bit of a battle out there for sure. I feel bad for Mikhail, obviously, and certainly not the finish that we wanted. We probably had a fifth-place car, but unfortunately we couldn’t pull that off today. It was nice to get a finish after some of the luck we’ve had the last few rounds. We head to a street circuit which is what we’ve been strong at so far this year, so hopefully we can have a good result in the Arrow car in Toronto.
Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 Lucas Oil Honda started the race from sixth place and ran as high as third before being forced to retire on lap 56.
Speaking following the race, the Russian commented by saying:
We had a loose car all day and felt like I was holding on to my life there that whole stint. I’m not sure how many saves they might have shown [on the broadcast] but on that last lap it just went, and I couldn’t do anything to save it.