Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda described his opening day of action at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as solid. The Mayor of HinchTown ended the opening session this morning in fourth place while in practice 2 he ended the day in tenth place and speaking following the action he commented by saying:
Solid first day for the Arrow Electronics crew. This afternoon wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for; the track conditions changed, I think more than we were expecting, which caught us off-guard a little bit. With these really short sessions, it’s tough to learn much out there. So we’ll regroup and hopefully tap back into the speed that we saw this morning and be in a good position for tomorrow.
Hinchcliffe’s team mate Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda described his own day as interesting. The Russian ended the opening session in 10th place while in the second session he finished the day in 16th place and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
I think that today we had a really interesting day. I mean, the first time on the track was pretty legendary. It’s a street course, and what we’re testing is so specific. We were pretty competitive today. At the end of the day I was on the Firestone reds, and we had quite a few red flags, so we couldn’t reach our full potential; I think we’ll be able to show it tomorrow.