Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team co owner Sam Schmidt has confirmed that James Hinchcliffe who drives the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda in the NTT IndyCar Series will remain with the team in 2020 when they become Arrow McLaren Racing SP and are powered by Chevrolet as reported by Paddock Eye last month.

Speaking on Saturday at the Portland Grand Prix Schmidt said he is disappointed that the teams partnership with Honda is ending but that they are excited with their new partnership with McLaren and Chevrolet.

Sxhmidt said that he does not understand why there has been so much speculation surrounding the Mayor of HinchTown. The news that Hinch is staying with the team means that there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that Hinch was set to start his own IndyCar Series team with Ric Peterson with Honda engines and a partnership with Petro Canada which had been reported by former driver Paul Tracey.

Hinch will start today’s race from eighth place and speaking following qualifying he said:

Honestly I’m pretty disappointed with eighth. I think we had a lot more in the No. 5 Arrow car. That second set of red tires [Firestone alternates] had way more understeer than we were expecting. The balance was a little better in the first round… we even added front wing to try to take care of it, but the fronts just didn’t hold on for us. With how close the times are, you have to be absolutely perfect. We set our best time on Lap 3, the tires were definitely better on Lap 2, so it was just getting used to the handling of the car. Unfortunate, but we can certainly race from there.

Schmidt has confirmed that the team have a number of drivers under consideration for the seat in the No.7 Chevrolet.

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