Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda restarted Monday’s rain delayed Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park from fifth place ahead had a great battle with his podcast co-host Alexander Rossi to claim his first Barber Motorsports Park podium with a great drive to third place.
The Mayor of HinchTown has now moved in fifth place in the series championship on 118 points just one point away from a top three. Speaking following the race, Hinch said:
I feel bad for the fans as much as anything. We were driving around out there, and it’s like ‘right guys its getting wetter, it’s getting wetter…. Wet enough for rains? Nah, not wet enough for rains… Wet enough for rains? Nah… Pit for rains. Are you guys sure?’ It was the right call for sure, so big props to the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports guys; solid weekend for us in the end. As I said before, not a great test here, but two cars in the top 10 after qualifying and then two cars in the top five in the race, so pretty proud of these boys and everyone on the Arrow Electronics car. It’s good to get a couple of Hondas up there, maybe not on the top step of the podium, but we took the rest of it.
Hinch’s team mate Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda had a great race as the Canadian challenged the Mayor for a podium and finished the race in fourth place completing a fantastic day for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and speaking following the event, Wickens who had restarted the race from 10th place commented following the race saying:
I was having to save a lot of fuel in that second stint, so once (Scott) Dixon started getting close to me, I was thinking I might have to give this position up. Then the rain came, so the fuel mileage kind of happened naturally. The rain saved us a bit, but overall great job by the Lucas Oil guys. I was a little gutted that we came out into a big bunch of traffic, but it made the race fun. It was also a little bit frustrating as we lost a bit of track position there, and I think we could have both been fighting for higher steps on the podium today.”