Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe heads to the Texas Motor Speedway for this weekend’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600 aiming to bounce back from a tough race 2 in Detroit last weekend where he was forced to retire from the race.
In race 1, Hinch started the event from fifth place and finished on the podium in third place after falling to the back of the field on the opening lap. The Canadian heads to the Texas Motor Speedway where last year he finished the race in second place behind Graham Rahal i what was the closest finish in Verizon IndyCar Series history.
The Mayor of HinchTown is hoping that he and the No.5 Arrow crew can challenge for victory here once again. Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Hinch stated:
Detroit was a bittersweet weekend for us with the podium on Saturday and the DNF on Sunday. We’re heading back to Texas, where we were very quick last year. It was definitely tough to lose the race by such a small margin after leading so many laps, but that’s the nature of 1.5-mile oval racing. Obviously, the track has been completely repaved and re-profiled in Turns 1 and 2, so really everything goes out the window from last year, and we’ve got to start from scratch just like everybody else. Hopefully we can put our heads down and get the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car in a position to be fighting for the victory again.
Hinchcliffe’s team mate Mikhail Aleshin is hoping that he can have a strong weekend in Texas and speaking ahead of the race the Russian commented by saying:
We’ve had great cars and really good pace at Texas Motor Speedway, so I’m looking forward to getting on track there this weekend. The team obviously had a good result last year with James (Hinchcliffe) on the podium, so hopefully we can both capitalize on what we learned and have a good result.