Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe goes into this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach aiming to make history by becoming the first driver to win back to back Verizon IndyCar Series races at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach following his strong performance to victory lane here last season.
The Mayor of HinchTown goes into the race weekend following a sixth place finish at the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix last weekend.
Speaking ahead of the race, Hinch commented by saying:
I always say this, but we look forward to Long Beach every year. It’s one of the greatest events on the calendar, one of the longest-running events, one of the best attended… it’s definitely a highlight of the year. Last year was obviously pretty special taking the win! The entire team has had a really strong start to the season, and St. Pete went well for us, so we’re cautiously optimistic that our street course package is going to be strong. That said, Long Beach is a different racetrack than St. Pete, and with this new car, everyone is constantly improving, so we’re certainly not taking anything for granted. We’re going to have to work really hard to get the Arrow Electronics car at the front this weekend, but the team’s been doing an incredible job so far and hopefully, we can keep the momentum going.
Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda heads to Long Beach on roll following his first podium finish in Phoenix where he finished the race in second place and speaking ahead of the race this weekend, the Canadian commented by saying:
Life right now in INDYCAR is pretty good. I definitely can’t complain with how competitive we’ve been in the first two races. Long Beach is going to be a new challenge. We’re going to have to start from zero again, but I’m really happy with where we are as a team and how we’re working together. Hopefully, we can keep this little run of performance going and try to score some good points in the Lucas Oil car.”