Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe heads into this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach following a tough start to his 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Last time out in Phoenix, the Mayor of Hinchtown started the race from 22nd place and went on to finish the event in 18th place, however the Canadian is hoping for a strong showing in California.

Long Beach is one of the best events on the calendar. There’s a reason it’s been around more than forty years. The track, the city, the events around town, they’re all great. Long Beach has been nice to me in the past so hopefully we can have a solid weekend there after a few tough events, and really kick off the season.

Hinchcliffe’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team mate Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda goes into this weekend’s race in Long Beach off the back of a 17th place finish last time out in Phoenix and speaking ahead of the on track action the Russian commented by saying:

I loved the Long Beach track from the first laps I turned there in 2014. It’s a great street course track and very technical. Long Beach has a great and long history, which I’m proud to be a part of. We will have only one goal for this event, the same as for every other race: to win.


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