Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda said he was happy for the team after the No.5 car rolled off the truck with a few problems which became apparent in practice one on Friday at World Wide Technology Raceway meaning that the Mayor of HinchTown had to switch to his team mate Marcus Ericsson’s set up for qualifying.

The set up change worked as Hinch will roll off seventh for today’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 and speaking following the session the Canadian said:

I have to thank the Arrow SPM team a ton on this run. We rolled off the truck with a couple of problems for first practice, and my teammate Marcus [Ericsson] was able to come here and test a few weeks ago, and he really helped develop the car from where we were last year. I have to thank him a lot, this is his setup. He was obviously quick in P1, we had all sorts of problems and just didn’t get a good run in. For me, I kind of had to just pony up and get after it. Because we were able to go after Marcus, we knew what the car had. Very happy for the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports guys and the Arrow car.”

It was a disappointing qualifying for Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda as he rolls off from 14th place following a two lap average speed of 183.180MPH and speaking following the action he said:

Our run was not perfect because of that (adjusting his line to avoid the oil dry). I think our first lap, it affected my Turn 1 but from then on I knew sort of how it affected the grip so the second lap I was happy with. It’s a shame because the first lap was too slow. I’m a bit disappointed with that, but the Arrow car was really good in P1 and good again in qualifying. I’m hopeful we can do something good in the race tomorrow.Our run was not perfect because of that (adjusting his line to avoid the oil dry). I think our first lap, it affected my Turn 1 but from then on I knew sort of how it affected the grip so the second lap I was happy with. It’s a shame because the first lap was too slow. I’m a bit disappointed with that, but the Arrow car was really good in P1 and good again in qualifying. I’m hopeful we can do something good in the race tomorrow.

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