Verizon IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe who returned to racing at Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg earlier this month has said that he sees no why his No.5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda can’t be the car crossing the line first at Saturday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway.
The Canadian had an extremely competitive car in St Petersburg qualifying for the race in eighth place however in the race he was unable to show what the car had to offer in terms of performance after a puncture ruined his day. He ended the race in 19th place as a result.
The Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix returns to the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar in 2016 with the race this weekend for the first time since 2005 and the drivers are expecting incredible speeds at the circuit. Speaking to Paddock Eye about the return of Phoenix to the IndyCar calendar, James Hinchcliffe commented by saying:
The track is obviously pretty unique for us it’s kind of a weird hybrid of Milwaukee, Iowa and Pocono all in one, and the series hasn’t raced there in quiet some time about ten years and going back you know we tested there as a group at the end of February and it’s fast! It’s incredibly fast, incredibly physical but at the same time it’s very difficult to race on so you know it’s going to be a tricky race, very easy to make a mistake and as always it’s going to be the team and driver that make the fewest mistakes that will end up on top and there is no reason why the No.5 car can’t be that guy.
The Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix takes place this weekend, April 1-2 and tickets are available from – http://www.phoenixraceway.com/Buy-Tickets/IndyCar-Ticket-Prices.aspx