Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda described his Friday as an up and down day. The defending Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race winner who earlier this week made history by conducting the first underwater interview ended the opening session in fifth place with a fastest time of 01:08.9133s while in the afternoon he set the seventh fastest time, a 01:09.2687s.
Speaking following the day of action the Mayor of HinchTown commented by saying:
“It was an up-and-down day. There was a really big change on the track for us from Practice 1 to Practice 2, so we struggled a lot with the car balance this afternoon. It was also really busy out there. It’s not that long of a track; 24 cars all trying to get those runs on reds (Firestone alternate tires) at the end. We only really did one lap, and I’m not sure if we got the best out of it. We’ll see what we have tomorrow. We definitely have a lot to think about overnight, but this Arrow Electronics and entire Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team has done a great job so far this season of putting it together when it counts, and hopefully, we can keep that up.
Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda ended the opening session in 14th place with a fastest time of 01:09.2807s while in the second session the Canadian also set the 14th fastest time with a 01:09.7242s and speaking following the day of action, Wicky Bobby commented by saying:
Not the best day for us. It’s still early in the weekend, and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us. From what I remember of St. Pete, we also weren’t that strong through free practice, but we came out good in the end. We’re just going to do look over everything tonight, make some level-headed decisions, and hopefully, we can get the Lucas Oil car up front tomorrow
Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Michael Shank Racin with SPM ended the session in 16th place while in the second session he was 16th.