Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe who drives the No.5 Arrow Honda in the Verizon IndyCar Series has had quiet a year.
In May 2015 as we all know he nearly died in an accident at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he prepared for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. In 2016, the Mayor of HinchTown returned to racing with Sam Schmidt’s team and following a slow start to the season once the month of May came about everything changed for Hinch.
At the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Hinchcliffe secured his first podium of the season with a third place finish behind race winner Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves. Having missed the Indy 500 in 2015, Hinch went into qualifying for the race ready to go and he delivered scoring a fantastic pole position for the race.
To the delight of everyone in the Verizon IndyCar Series Hinchcliffe led the field off on the formation lap at the Brickyard and in the race he fought at the front all day coming home in seventh place.
Last weekend, Hinch went home to a hero’s welcome as the Verizon IndyCar Series took to the streets of Toronto for the Honda Indy Toronto where last year he was on the side-lines as it was the first race that he was allowed to travel to following his accident.
In qualifying on Saturday he put his No.5 Honda in sixth place on the grid his best qualifying on the streets of Toronto and on Sunday did a fantastic job to secure a brilliant finish coming home in third place behind race winner Will Power and Helio Castroneves.
Following his second podium of the year Hinch heads to the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course in eighth place in the series standing on 299 points with five races to go in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.