Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda will start Saturday’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway from 10th place after setting a two lap qualifying speed of 216.262mph and speaking following the session the Mayor of HinchTown who is hoping for a better race on Saturday following a tough weekend at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit last time out commented by saying:
I think the race is going to be similar to what we’ve seen here the last couple of years, Firestone put together a package that falls off to make it a little more challenging for us, make the show a little bit better, stay away from pack racing, keep it safe. The onus is really on us as drivers and teams to make the setup as easy on tires as we can be. We need to be patient and not just go flat out at the drop of the green or the start of a stint. I think it’s going to be a thinking-man’s race tomorrow night. Strategy comes down to playing it as it unfolds. You can make a plan A, B, C, D and they’re all out the window by lap one, turn one. We just need to focus on taking care of the car and tires. Downforce level is going to be a key decision for sure. Unfortunately, we never really get to run in the track temperatures that we’re going to be racing at. Even tonight’s session is a little early for us, but it’s the same for everyone so we just have to be smart about it and hopefully the Arrow car is going to be up front.
Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda will start the race from 16th place after setting a two lap qualifying average speed of 215.299mph and speaking following the session the Russian commented by saying:
I think it’s a great racetrack and it’s one of my favorites, That’s because there’s not only one line, there are two lines here at least, maybe three. Maybe four if you’re Russian. I’m going to use everything I can to be at the top because I think the team is competitive. We didn’t hit any major mistakes with the car setup or from my side so I think at the moment, that’s probably a good place to start with. I’m pretty happy that the car was much better than it was in the first session. The SMP Racing and DOOM car is going to be solid in the race, as always, and we’ll just go from here.