Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda started Sunday’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline from 10th place and went on to finish in eighth.
Speaking following the race the Mayor of HinchTown commented by saying:
Solid day despite starting 10th and finishing eighth; for only a two-position swing, it was a lot more dramatic day than that. I think we made some good changes to the car throughout the night, and we were a lot racier than we were in second practice yesterday, so big credit to the engineers. The Arrow guys were awesome in the pit stops today, so we made up some spots there. We just ultimately got caught out on the last yellow. It was a wrong place, wrong time, and Conor (Daly) came around the outside of us there and took all of the air off us. I had to slide up the racetrack, and I think we maybe damaged a tire when we did that because after that we had a pretty big vibration and we couldn’t really attack Charlie (Kimball) there at the end. Probably should have finished sixth, but we’ll take a solid top 10 and hopefully build on that for Watkins Glen.
Sebastian Saavedra in the No.7 Lucas Oil Honda started his final race of the season in 21st place and came through the field to finish the race just outside the top ten in 11th place.
Speaking following the race, Saavedra commented by saying:
We had a very interesting race altogether… a bit crazy. The cold (weather) and night definitely made the car quite slick, which took a couple people out of balance really. On my side, I was still in a learning process. Once I felt comfortable, I knew my cues and I managed to start committing. The whole Schmidt Peterson Motorsports crew did an amazing job overnight to put an amazing race car together and that gave me the confidence to really start moving forward from the back. We took advantage of some yellows, which really put us in a good sequence to battle with the top 10. We really struggled on restarts, getting into a couple situations which almost took us out, but thankfully we managed to survive those and continue moving our way to the front. It’s been three races with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and it has been so fun. I have to thank everyone at the organization – mechanics, engineering staff, commercial staff, everyone. They really welcomed me like one of them. I didn’t expect the click to be so quick and so seamless; I think that has really shown in the three races we’ve done together. To be honest, it felt like home. I really wish everyone the best, no matter what happens next. I’m very happy to be able to have had these opportunities.