James Hinchcliffe was delighted with the work done by the crew of the No.5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Arrow Electronics Honda as he ended the opening day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying in P1.

The Mayor of HinchTown ended the day just ahead of Ryan Hunter Reay and will be hoping that he can carry the performance through to Sunday.

Speaking following the session Hinch who is making his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Indianapolis 500 appearance having previously driven for Andretti Autosport at Indy in 2014 commented by saying:

All the credit to the guys on the Arrow Electronics car; that thing is a rocket ship, We even dialed the engine back on that last lap. Not being cocky, but we knew we were pretty safe in the fast nine. That was the goal today. Being fastest doesn’t really mean anything or pay anything, but it’s certainly a nice cherry on top. I can’t thank the boys enough. What a difference a year makes. It validates all the effort the guys have put in. These cars started getting put together back in February. They put so much effort into the cars for the month of May.

Hinch went on to say:

It was pretty good. I mean it was really good. What am I talking about? Huge credit to the Schmidt Peterson Motorsport guys. They’ve worked so hard on these race cars since back in February. We’ve got three quick ones. I mean, the No. 77 and the No. 7 were quick as well. After our first run, we didn’t quite maximize. I made some mistakes on my shifting pattern. I was kind of mad at myself about that. Kind of got in my own head a little bit. We made some changes. We knew everybody was going to go out again and try and improve, and we made a couple changes to the car, because, I mean, the Arrow Electronics car was not only fast but it held on for all four laps. The consistency was there. That was a big key today. It doesn’t mean much today; it’s bragging rights. It’s pay for the boys, because it validates all the effort they put into this race car. It gets us in the Fast Nine, obviously, which was what the big point today was and hopefully we can go out there tomorrow and do something similar.

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