Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda endure a difficult day at the second race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Lear.
The Mayor of HinchTown started the race from sixth place and ran as high as fifth during the race before ending the event in 16th place and speaking following the race, Hinchcliffe commented by saying:
A really disappointing day for us. The Arrow Electronics car changed a lot from yesterday which we weren’t expecting… Ultimately our day was dealt a blow when we pitted after a car spun on track thinking it was going to be a yellow, and the yellow just didn’t come out; it just really compromised our strategy. We lost a ton of track position, lost a lot of time behind guys on the two-stop strategy. It was one of those days where if it could go wrong, it did. Unfortunate way to end the weekend because the cars genuinely had pace. We’ll put our heads down and be stronger in Texas.
Robert Wickens started the race in second place on the grid in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda and ran in P1 for a while during the event and eventually finished the race in eighth place and speaking following the race he said:
“Mixed emotions today. When you start on the front row, you hope to be fighting for a podium. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t find the balance to increase the tire longevity to compete. We committed to the three-stop strategy pretty early on and we took the lead for a little bit in the second stint, and I honestly thought things were looking pretty good. We had to pit a bit early which is how we lost out to [Ryan] Hunter-Reay, and then we just kept losing track position not coming out in clean air. Coming home in the Lucas Oil car P6 – we can’t really complain… We qualified third on Saturday, second today, so you hope to at least finish in the top five both days. I think we are a little disappointed, but a good points weekend.”