Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda had a tough race at the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Wisconsin.
The Toronto native started the race from 22nd place on the grid and had a really fast car on the Firestone reds and the No.5 crew went off sequence on pit strategy to make up places on the strategy to gain places however with only one caution during the race it was tough to make up ground.
Speaking after finishing the race in 14th place, the Mayor of HinchTown commented by saying:
It was kind of a bittersweet day in the Arrow Electronics car, We had a really quick car on the reds and went off sequence a little bit there to try to get some clean track. We pumped out a lot of quick laps – I think we had the third-quickest race lap – and made progress on some guys. I had a spin early in the race, which really killed us not having a yellow to catch that back up. We weren’t quite as strong on the blacks as we were on the reds. On the last stint, if it had stayed green, I think we’d have been okay. We had just put sticker blacks on but then on the restart we kind of got swallowed up by the guys on reds. It was just bad timing on the yellow there and we just weren’t able to make quite as much progress as we were hoping today.
Mikhail Aleshin had a tough race too, the Russian started the race from 13th place and finished the event in 16th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was a very frustrating race for us in the SMP Racing car, We struggled at the beginning but the car came to us. We had some brake issues at the end but still were in line for a very good finish. Unfortunately we had a penalty for blocking early on, but we were blocked at the end and there was no penalty given so it’s a little inconsistent and difficult for me to understand. Overall, we made good progress throughout the weekend. The guys worked really hard and I like the Road America track.