Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda will start today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park from fifth place having set a qualifying time of 01:07.9472s and speaking following the session the Mayor of HinchTown who goes into the race in fifth place in the championship commented by saying:
Pretty solid qualifying for us. We didn’t have a great test here a couple of weeks ago. We unrolled with a car that had some challenges. This Arrow Electronics SPM team did a great job over lunch yesterday and again overnight. This morning, Robbie (Wickens) and I went different ways on setups trying to find some things… We talked beforehand, and I actually had to lean on him, so big thanks to the Lucas Oil boys. It’s so nice having a great teammate that we can bounce ideas off on and work through this new car together. A top-five start – it’s great to be up front when it’s raining (laughter), unfortunately that’s what tomorrow looks like. Happy for the guys to be back in the Firestone Fast Six, and we’ll see what tomorrow brings.
Hinch’s team mate Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda will start the race from 10th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
“I don’t think qualifying went quite as well as planned. We were very quick on the blacks (primary Firestone tires) in both Round 1 and Round 2, but unfortunately we were lacking some speed on the reds (alternate Firestones tires) to make it through. Both black runs, we were P1, so that was nice, but obviously the quicker tire, if you’re not competitive on those, you’re not going to make it through the Firestone Fast Six and challenge for the pole. Unfortunately, we’re starting 10th, but we can still play from there and see where it goes.”