Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe continued his run of good form at the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course on Sunday. Following on from his third place finish last time out in Toronto, the Mayor of HinchTown started Sunday’s race from 9th place on the grid and had a very eventful race.
Hinchcliffe stayed out of trouble throughout the race and by the final lap of the race he had made his way up to fifth place and that is where he finished in the order.
Hinch’s team mate Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda had a great race leading nearly half the event before an incident on pit-lane meant that he was forced to serve a penalty for an unsafe release.
Speaking of pit-stops the No.5 Arrow crew did a fantastic job with Hinch on Sunday and commenting after the race he stated:
We got back on the red tires in the third stint and it really started to come to us. We picked off some guys in pit cycles and then picked off some guys on track in the last stint. We didn’t catch either of the lucky yellows, we had to earn it, but after falling to the back of the line for a pit-lane speed violation, which was one hundred percent my fault, we raced our way back up to a top five. Great work in the pits and I’m happy for everyone at Arrow, and at Honda at one of their home races.
Hinch was disappointed for Aleshin saying:
It was a tough break for Mikhail and the No. 7 crew but it shows that we have the pace as a team and hopefully we can prove that moving forward.” His teammate was taciturn. “I think the incident was unfortunate. I don’t want to discuss it though. I want to just say that sometimes these things happen in the race and we’re ready to win but we just got a little bit unlucky today.” Aleshin preferred to talk about what went right for the team, and not what went wrong.