Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda started Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto from sixth place on the grid and finished on the podium alongside race winner Will Power and Helio Castroneves.
It was Hinch’s second podium of the finish of the season following on from his third place finish at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May.
The Arrow crew did a great job helping Hinch to manage his fuel and with five laps to go the final caution of the race came out as Jack Hawksworth and Juan Pablo Montoya went out of the race hitting the wall at Turn 5.
Hinch has now moved up to eighth place in the series points standings with just five races remaining in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series.
Speaking following the race Hinch commented by saying:
“I was hoping not to screw it up at the end and for once we caught a break in Toronto,” “That last yellow really helped, but we might have made it without it too.
The middle part of the race was a struggle with the Mayor of HinchTown admitting:
Guys were throwing elbows at the beginning but we were able to maintain position. On the blacks, with the track temperature going up, we were really struggling.”
Speaking on Saturday the Mayor commented by saying:
We’re in as good of a position here this weekend as we’ve ever been here and it would be nice to get that first win of the season and to do it here would be second to only the (Indianapolis) 500,