Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe was extremely happy following his performance on the opening day of action at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday.

Following a tough start to his 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Mayor of Hinchtown put the hammer down and laid the foundations for a strong weekend for the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda as the Canadian finished the second practice session this afternoon in second place as the fastest Honda powered car.

In the opening session this morning, Hinch ended up in sixth place and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:

Everything is relative. We’ve had a difficult start to the season, but not like the end of my last one. It’s easy to still sleep well at night knowing things could be worse. We had a strong car in St. Pete, qualified decently, inside the top 10 there. The race didn’t play out. Phoenix was its own deal. We’re looking to try to turn that around this weekend, start getting some points on the board. It’s a track I really like coming to, an event I love coming to. The car was great off the truck. Made very few changes over lunch, which is always a nice thing when you’re not thrashing. The pace was still relatively decent this afternoon. It doesn’t matter till it matters, but it’s definitely a good starting point for us.


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