Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe started the Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America circuit in Wisconsin from 22nd and last place on the grid.
The Mayor of HinchTown made a good start and through the field to finish the race in 14th place just ahead of Andretti Herta Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and his team mate at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda.
Hinch heads to the next race the Iowa Corn Indy in two weeks in 13th place in the series points standing on 242 points. Speaking following the race the mayor stated:
Kind of a bittersweet day. The Arrow car was really good on the reds and we went off sequence a little there to try and get some clean track and pumped out a lot of quick laps and made some gains on some guys, I had a spin early on in the race, which really killed us not having a yellow early on to catch back up. We weren’t quite as strong on the blacks as we were on the reds and unfortunately that first stint I had a spin and if the last stint had stayed green I think we would have been ok. However we had just put sticker blacks on, but then on the restart you kind of get swallowed by the guys on reds. So just some bad timing on the yellow, but like I said the car was awesome on reds, we had the third quickest race lap and unfortunately we just weren’t able to quite as much progress as we were hoping for today.
Hinch closed the book on the penalty he received in qualifying by saying:
As for the penalty, Race Control got it wrong and I’ll leave it at that.