Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe says he is excited to be making his 101st Verizon IndyCar Series start at home in the Honda Indy Toronto this weekend.

The Mayor of HinchTown heads home having taken one victory this season which came early in the season at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Last time out in Iowa at the weekend Hinch finished the race in 10th place.

Hinchcliffe will be hoping that he can bounce back this weekend and repeat his performance from last season where he finished the race on the podium in third place.

Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Hinch commented by saying:

As you’d expect, this is an event I look forward to every year. It’s one of the busiest for me, but one of the most enjoyable, then to go home and race in front of the home crowd at the racetrack that I went to as a kid that really made me fall in love with Indy ar racing. Getting the chance to race there every year is exciting. The support that I felt from the city, and the entire country, has been overwhelming the last 100 starts of my career, and it’s going to be exciting to have number 101 there.

Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda is looking forward to this weekend’s race and the atmosphere following his retirement from the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway last weekend. The Russian commented by saying:

With the way our weekend ended in Iowa, I’m looking forward to switching gears to the street course in Toronto. We had a pretty good finish last year in sixth, and because it is such a bumpy and technical track, it will be a good challenge. With my teammate James (Hinchcliffe) being from Canada, it is always a great time with the fans there as well.

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