Verizon IndyCar Series drivers James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay joined the LAPD this week to take part in an advanced training course with officers from the department.

Speaking about the experience, the Mayor of HinchTown commented by saying:

We got a huge insight into what actually goes into their training and what goes into the job of being in pursuit of a suspect. “It’s not just flat out on the gas and chasing a guy, there’s a lot of things they have to go through in the heat of the moment.”

Officer Alex Penrith with the LAPD commented on having the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers as part of the training programme by saying:

It was a unique and very worthwhile experience to have such talented drivers here at our facility to share their knowledge and experience. Once they understood our mission, they were able to share ideas on staying focused behind the wheel, controlling stress and not overdriving.

Penrith went on to say:

Their experience and maturity was very obvious from the first turn. “They were very quickly able to adapt to our police vehicles and safely operate them at speed. A pursuit is complicated and takes a great deal of training to get right.  If the racing thing doesn’t work out, we would gladly accept their applications.

Ryan Hunter Reay, the 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner and 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion commented by saying:

There’s a lot of similarities here. “With the high-stakes environment in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the consequences that go with driving on the edge – the police officers here at the LAPD, the split-second decisions that they have to make are life and death — it’s similar to ours in that way, but they have so many more variables. They have traffic, they have pedestrians and keeping your cool and not getting the red mist, or low eyes as we call it, is key for them.

Hinchcliffe and Hunter Reay will be on track later today as practice gets underway for Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, round 2 of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

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