Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda has a solid start to his 2019 NTT IndyCar Series coming home in sixth place in the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
The Mayor of HinchTown started the race from ninth and speaking following the race he said:
It’s not the finish we wanted… the Arrow car honestly had more pace than that. The first stint we were stuck behind Graham [Rahal], and we weren’t able to make up spots in that. About two-thirds of the way in the race, a banner started to come off in Turn 3, and unfortunately a part of it wrapped around our front wing. These cars are so aero-sensitive that we lost a ton of downforce and unfortunately, we got behind [Max] Chilton and he had no respect for lead lap cars… With the banner on the wing, I don’t know if we would’ve made much more positions than that so we will take it
It was a disappointing end to the weekend for NTT IndyCar Series rookie Marcus Ericsson who after a promising start to the race was forced to retire with an engine issue.
Speaking following the race he said:
It was a great race up until the end. We started quite far back, farther back than what we think we should’ve started. It was going well and we were well inside the top 10 when we had the problem. Looking at what’s happening now, we were definitely going for a top eight in the Arrow car. It was just a shame because it was a really great race up until then.
Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda for Meyer Shank Racing started the race from seventh place and finished the race in 10th and speaking following the race he said:
As a whole it’s been a really successful weekend. We had our best finishing position and our best qualifying position. Naturally when you qualify well, the hope is that it will transfer into the race. We can’t say it didn’t because we got our best race finish, but we definitely lacked some pace. The AutoNation/SiriusXM guys did a great job this weekend, we qualified seventh and finished 10th. We said prior to the season that we wanted to qualify in the top 12 and finish in the top 10, so by our own standards that was a great race.”