Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda started Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course from eighth place on the grid but was left really disappointed as he finished the 90 lap race in 11th place.
The Mayor of HinchTown who ran as high as 7th commented following the race by saying:
Really disappointing day for us. We didn’t have the quickest car in traffic, so we put ourselves on a strategy to run in clean air, and it was working. We got ourselves to seventh place after that last round of stops, after being back in 12th after the first stint. Credit to the Arrow Electronics boys in the pits and the car – in clean air it was strong. But then we found ourselves, with that yellow, on the wrong tires, and I burned a lot of push-to-pass to get ourselves up there, so we were really just a sitting duck on that restart with wrong tires and no push-to-pass. It’s unfortunate that yellow [flag] fell, it really screwed our race. We were strong in certain conditions, we played our hand the best we could to put ourselves in a good spot and unfortunately the yellow just screwed us. We chalk it up to experience and move on to the next one.
Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 Lucas Oil Honda started the race in 21st place and came through the field to finish the race in 14th place. Speaking following the event, the Russian commented by saying:
I think today was a good race for the Lucas Oil car. We had a good strategy and good pace, it’s just very difficult to overtake at this track. I think we had really good pace in the race, and that’s really what is so important. Next time we need to qualify a bit better, and we know what we need to do for that. The guys had really great pit stops and worked so well to put together what ended up being a good finish.