Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s James Hinchcliffe was left feeling frustrated despite putting his No.5 Arrow Electornics Honda in eighth place for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at the Barber Motorsports Park circuit.

Speaking following the session he commented by saying:

It was a frustrating end to the day, to be honest. We were struggling a little bit with the reds, but I think everybody was. The track temperature was way hotter this afternoon. We were on a lap during the second round that was good enough to get us into the Firestone Fast Six and I made a little mistake in Turn 5, and it cost us the time that would’ve advanced us. I was a bit steamed after, not because we didn’t make it but because we should have made it. I think everybody probably has a story like that. It’s the nature of this track and qualifying. It’s so close and times are so tight, but the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car is good so hopefully tomorrow we can play smart and move our way up.

Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda endured a tougher session compared to Hinch as the Russian will start the Honda Indy Grand Prix from 13th place and speaking following the session the Russian commented by saying:

The balance shift from blacks to reds was a bit more than we expected. I’m sure tomorrow we’re going to have better balance for the race in the No. 7 SMP Racing car so everything will be good. Normally we have really good pace in the race. We can fight from 13th. We just need to be fast and have a little bit of strategy, and we’ll be all right.

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