Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda and Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda head into this weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course off the back of an extremely strong Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park where the Mayor of HinchTown finishing the race in third place while Wickens finished the race in fourth place.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Hinch who is currently in fifth place in the championship commented by saying:
Like I’ve kind of been saying all year, we’re going to every racetrack for the first time with these new kits, and obviously, the INDYCAR GP is no different. We kind of had a half test day here earlier in the year – kind of hampered by weather a little bit – that didn’t go super well for us. We’ve seen that before this year, and as a team, we’ve managed to fight back, so we’re just going to try and do what we’ve been doing: stay focused, keep our heads down and deal with whatever issues come up on a race weekend. At the end of the day, it’s May; we’re excited to finally be kicking off the month on track in the Arrow Electronics car. Fingers crossed we can keep up the level of performance, if not raise it another level.”
Robert Wickens who leads the Sunoco Rookie standings is looking forward to competing on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The Canadian completed Indy 500 rookie orientation on the speedway configuration last week and speaking ahead of the race this weekend he said:
I’m really excited to get the month of May started. It’s going to be my first! First, we have to get through the INDYCAR GP. I wasn’t able to do the test here a few weeks ago because of an (off-track) injury, but I think we’ve made some good steps after the testing James (Hinchcliffe) had. I think, if everything runs smoothly, we’ll score some good points in the Lucas Oil car and try to keep this momentum we have going.