Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda ended the opening day of track action at his home event the Honda Indy Toronto as the fastest Honda powered car as he ended the afternoon in fifth place with a fastest time of 01:02.1867s.
It was a great recovery by the No.5 crew who encountered issues with the Arrow car this morning where the Mayor of HinchTown ended the session in 19th place speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
We had some issues with the car this morning but we were able to sort it out. It’s tough because the conditions out there are bumpy and there are so many surface changes. I bet even the fastest guy out there is saying how bad his car feels. It’s all relative. The guys did a great job over lunch and even during the session to slowly make the Arrow Electronics car better and better. We don’t know exactly what we need out of the car here just yet, we’re still learning. But so far, so good. It’s good to end the first day with a reasonable time and position, and hopefully we can just build on that for tomorrow.
Hinchcliffe’s team mate Mikhail Aleshin brought out the red flag earlier on after spinning however recovered to end the day in 13th place. The Russian finished the session this morning in 10th place and speaking following the day of action he said:
At the moment, everything looks pretty solid. The team is in good shape and the guys are working really hard to bring the SMP Racing car No. 7 up to the front. We didn’t use new tires at the end of the session compared to the other teams so I think we’re moving in the right direction for tomorrow’s qualifying.