Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda will start the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from pole position having been the fastest driver for the second day in a row at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Speaking following pole laps Hinch commented by saying:
I came into this month hoping we would have a new story to talk about after what happened last year, and I think we did it, The Arrow Electronics car was just an absolute smoke show out there; it was right on the edge,
Speaking about his chief strategist and his engineers, the mayor commented by saying:
Allen McDonald, all my engineers, did such a great job. . .these guys worked so hard. Three Schmidt Peterson Motorsports cars in the top 10? It’s incredible. Now we’ve got the best seat in the house for the start of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Hinch went on to say:
It’s crazy. Obviously, this race always has more pressure than anywhere else and, it being the 100th, there’s a little more attention as well. Obviously, we’ve done something right as a team. It’s a long race. Ten miles is one thing. You’ve got to hold your breath for that whole thing. But 500 is a very different deal. You’ve got to be patient. You’ve got to breathe. You’ve got to know when to push and when to relax. At least we’ve got a good starting spot, the best starting spot and we can kind of go from there.
Hinch spoke about his parents saying:
A year ago, they came here for a very different reason. They were out of the country when I had my accident last year. I can’t imagine what that plane trip must have been like for them. Mom moved in on May 1. She said she wasn’t missing a single minute on track action just in case I tried to kill myself again and luckily that wasn’t the case. We’re here. These two have been everything in my life and my career. I couldn’t have done any of it without them.