Schmidt Peterson Motorsports head into Saturday’s Firestone 600 ‘restart your engines’ event at Texas Motor Speedway hoping to continue their strong form from Pocono.

The wait is nearly over for James Hinchcliffe who will lead the field at the restart from lap 71 of 248. Hinch who drives the No.5 Arrow Honda is hoping that he can finish the race off in victory lane. The Mayor of HinchTown heads into the race having finished Monday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in 10th place.

Speaking ahead of the race in Texas Hinchcliffe commented by saying:

We are excited to get back to Texas Motor Speedway to finish off the Firestone 600. Certainly we hope the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car ends up where we are now, in the lead! But we know it’s a pretty unique situation with the restart and the parc ferme, so we will see how it plays out. I’m going to miss people reminding me I’m leading on Twitter, so hopefully we win and can keep the trend going.

Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda is looking forward to finishing the Firestone 600. The Russian had his strongest Verizon IndyCar Series race to date at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Monday.

Aleshin secured his first ever Verizon P1 Award on Saturday and lead the race on Monday afternoon just missing on victory coming home in second place. It was the Russian first ever podium finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series and he will be hoping to carry the momentum from Pocono forward to Texas.

Speaking ahead of the race Aleshin commented by saying:

I’m happy to finally finish the race in Texas. Both of our cars looked good there last time with James in the lead and the SMP Racing No. 7 car in third, so we just need to do the same job we’ve been doing already and we will be up there at the front. After our second-place finish this weekend in Pocono, we know we have the speed to do it.


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