Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda started Sunday’s 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca from fifth place and following a competitive day the Mayor of HinchTown came home in 9th place finishing the year in 12th place overall on 370 points.
Speaking following the action Hinch said:
“It was a pretty solid day for the Number 5 Arrow Car. Obviously, starting in the top 5, it would have been nice to finish a little higher up. Some guys played some good tire strategy at the start, and with the temperature staying as cool as it did in the Race, the degradation of the reds wasn’t what we thought it would be. We may have been a bit out smarted on the tires a little bit at the beginning, but ultimately the Number 5 car was really good. I think on blacks at the end there, we had the quickest car, we were certainly up there. It’s unfortunate we didn’t get a little better track position at the end, but all in all, a solid finish for the team, in the top 10, and not a bad bad way to end the season.”
Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda came home in eleventh place and with his future with the team uncertain he will be hoping he has doem enough to keep his seat alongside James Hinchcliffe for next season.
Speaking following the action the Swede said:
“The race was going very well, we executed a good strategy and we were making up a lot of positions. We were up to sixth and running comfortably on the same strategy as everyone else. Unfortunately for me on the last stop, there was traffic in the pit lane and I had to stand and wait for a few seconds. In a tight field like IndyCar, this can happen and a hiccup like that isn’t within our control. It’s disappointing, I think top six would have been a really nice end to the season, but we finished eleventh instead. We had such a good race, the driving was good and the car was working well. It’s a bit like the season as a whole, we’ve had a lot of positives, but the end result isn’t what we wanted.”
In their final race affiliated with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Meyer Shank Racing started the race from 24th place with Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda. The Englishman made his way up to 19th place which is where he finished the race.
The future is not yet clear of Meyer Shank Racing however Paddock Wye understands that the team are in advanced stages of setting up a single car operation for 2020 with a possible technical partnership with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Harvey’s highlight of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season was his third place finish at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May.
Speaking following the race Harvey said:
“It’s a bit obvious to say that this weekend is not how we wanted to end our year. We’ve been on such a good momentum swing and there’s really only two places where we have lacked pace. I’m just sad that we tested so well here and we weren’t able to replicate that during the race weekend. Overall we’ve learned a lot as a team this year and we’ve come a long way as a team and I’m excited for what’s to come.”
The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season may be over but for Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports they are going to have an extremely busy offseason as they prepare for 2020 with McLaren when they become Arrow McLaren Racing SP with Chevrolet power.