Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda will start Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 from 12th place on the grid and speaking following the session the Mayor of HinchTown commented by saying:
The No. 5 Arrow Electronics car was pretty solid, so I wasn’t having to do too much inside the car. This (Pocono Raceway) is one place where you end up working a lot with the tools just because both ends of the racetrack are so different. I think we maybe went a little bit conservative on the downforce for this afternoon… We had an electrical issue during our qualifying sim this morning so we didn’t really get one. Not really sure what to expect out of the car and the track, so just maybe a bit conservative. It’s a 500-mile race, and obviously this is a big, long racetrack and a place you can pass… We didn’t want to risk it too much and break anything before tonight’s practice because that’s what matters – making sure the car is good in traffic.
Sebastian Saavedra in the No.7 Lucas Oil Honda will start the race from 15th place and was satisfied with how his run in qualifying went. Speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I’m satisfied with our run knowing that there was a lot of unknowns for qualifying. To have only one practice session and then straight into qualifying, adding a bunch of downforce, it’s not the most assuring for a driver (laughter). I have to give it to the team – they gave me the confidence, together with (James Hinchcliffe) Hinch, and we had a car that was able to commit. I guess we just didn’t have it out there. I think we could have had added a bit more downforce as well, but we’ll see what the data says. We gave it a try… tomorrow’s race is what’s most important.