Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda goes into his first Verizon IndyCar Series night race experience at Texas Motor Speedway starting the DXC Technology 600 from fourth place on the grid with only the three Penske drivers in front of him.
Speaking following qualifying, the Canadian said:
Every day in INDYCAR is a new adventure, but we keep coming to each weekend with great cars. “I think today is the perfect example. I’m definitely not comfortable on a superspeedway yet, but everyone on the Lucas Oil car is doing a good job. We were quick in practice, and now we’re starting fourth. Can’t complain about that.”
James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda had a disappointing qualifying as he starts the race from 15th place and the Canadian is hoping to run to the front on Saturday night.
We don’t run in track conditions like this any other time of the weekend, so the only time you’re running with 130 plus degree temps is when you’ve peeled all the downforce off and you’re going for broke in qualifying. That’s the toughest part – the unknowns. I don’t think we did the best job in the Arrow Electronics car today, unfortunately. We’ll do what we can in the race tomorrow, and like it’s been said, you can win from anywhere here. With this new aero kit, passing seems to be a little bit trickier than it has in years past. We’ve driven up through up the field here before, and hopefully, we can do it again tomorrow.”