Schmidt Peterson Motorsports head to the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway following a tough weekend last time out at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit which saw James Hinchcliffe suffer a mechanical issue in race 1 coming home in 18th place while in the second race on Sunday he was forced to retire from the race following an incident in Turn 1 on the opening lap.
Despite the tough weekend in Detroit the Mayor of HinchTown is full of confidence for the second half of the season and is excited to be heading to the Texas Motor Speedway for the Firestone 600. The Canadian who drives the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda commented by saying:
Now that we are passed Indy, we are headed to all the tracks I missed last year. That said, I’m incredibly excited for the rest of the calendar. Texas Motor Speedway is no exception. Since the DW12 came out, the racing there has been super intense from inside the car. It’s one of the biggest setup challenges of the year, so we are hoping that the Arrow Electronics car can be solid rolling off the truck and can fight up front.
Hinchcliffe’s team mate Mikhail Aleshin heads into this weekend’s race off the back of tough Dual in Detroit where in race 1 he came home in 15th place having started the race from 12th while in race 2 he started from fifth place and came home in 17th place. Speaking ahead of the race in Texas where last season he scored his first Verizon IndyCar Series top ten, Aleshin commented by saying:
I’m very happy to be going back to Texas Motor Speedway. Last time we did really good there and it was my first top ten finish in IndyCar. We didn’t have a great weekend in Detroit so I’m looking forward to be back on track in the No. 7 SMP Racing and DOOM car so we can get some good points for the championship standings.