Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda will start Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix from seventh place. The Mayor of Hinchtown just missed out on a place in the Firestone Fast 6 competition.
Hinch had set a time good enough for the Fast 6 however a malfunction with the timing and scoring system at the track meant that he was classified in seventh place. Despite the result he is confident for the race on Sunday after setting the second fastest time overall on Friday.
Speaking following qualifying he stated:
Today was a really good day, We rolled off the truck with a good car on Friday and I’m really proud of the Arrow Electronics guys for the prep that they did because the car was a rocket right from the get-go. We’ve just been making little tweaks to it, trying to get into a position to be fighting for the Firestone Fast Six, and we did. We finished seventh. We kind of got screwed a little bit with the way that the Timing and Scoring system failed but it is what it is. We saved a run on a set of reds, which could be a benefit for the race. We’re starting on the inside, which is great. It’s such a turnaround from the race in Phoenix two weeks ago. There are a lot of reasons to be happy today and I’m proud of the guys. Hopefully we can just move forward in the race.
Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SPM Racin Honda will start the race from 18th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
The qualifying didn’t go how we expected it to go, But the race is going to be long and we just need to get used to red tires, and be optimistic. But the race is going to be long and we just need to get used to red tires, and be optimistic.