Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda is hoping that his strong form on ovals this season continues at this weekend’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway having claimed pole for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil while he continues to lead the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway which will conclude next weekend.

The Mayor of HinchTown goes into this weekend’s race in seventh place in the series standings on 329 points.

Speaking ahead of race Hinch commented by saying:

After the test at Pocono Raceway last week, I’m feeling pretty good heading into this weekend. Obviously we’ve been pretty good in speedway trim this year with the pole at Indy and the lead we’re still holding at Texas. Hopefully that form carries over in the Arrow Electronics car here as well. A lot can happen in 500 miles, but we’re going to do our best as we aim to be running up front at the end.

Mikhail Aleshin heads to the ‘Tricky Triangle’ following a strong race at Mid-Ohio where he led the race and looked set for his maiden Verizon IndyCar Series win however was forced to serve a penalty as a result of an unsafe release in the pit-lane.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race the Russian commented by saying:

Pocono Raceway is not called the ‘Tricky Triangle’ for nothing. It’s a good example of how different one oval can be from another in racing. All three turns are different from each other and they all need a particular approach. I like the track a lot and have one of my best oval results there in 2014 (seventh). This year we’re definitely expecting more in the SMP Racing car, so I’m excited to get on track.

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