Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda had a disappointing race in Portland on Sunday as he was caught up up in the first lap incident with Graham Rahal, Conor Daly and Zach Veach and speaking following the race the Mayor of HinchTown said:
“I had an OK start, was nice and clear into Turn 1, and then just got broadsided. I guess Graham (Rahal) got into the back of Zach (Veach)… I watched the replay and Graham’s right-side tires are on the white line. If no other cars were there, he wouldn’t physically get through Turn 1. I don’t know what he was thinking. This is frustrating. Third race in a row we’ve been hit on Lap 1. I was joking with the guys – I think we should actually paint a target on our car so maybe we don’t get hit. It’s unfortunate. We just can’t catch a break. Conor (Daly) did an incredible job jumping in this weekend and putting the Arrow car into the top 10, and I think we had more pace than we were able to show in qualifying, so we were really excited for the race. I think we were going to be able to move up and be competitive. We’ll never know.”
It was also a disappointing day for Conor Daly in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda as he was also caught up in the incident which saw him retire from the race.
Daly will now switch his attention to his return to Andretti Autosport for the season finale Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Speaking following the race he said:
Overall, we have to focus on the positives from this weekend. Great qualifying – all the team cars were in the top 10. It was a true pleasure working with this team again. Great people, great partner in Arrow Electronics. Sometimes we can’t control some of the factors in these races and sadly (teammate) James (Hinchcliffe) and I got caught up in someone else’s mistake. Our cars were quick, we were on for a good race and it is a shame, but definitely thankful for this chance.”