Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda said that it just wasn’t their day at the Mid-Ohio sportscar course on Sunday after the Mayor of HinchTown finished the race in 22nd place after first lap contact with his team mate Marcus Ericcson.
The Mayor of HinchTown had a great weekend up until qualifying on Saturday where he started the race from 11th place and on lap one of the race Ericsson was hit by Takuma Sato and as a result hit into Hinch and speaking following the race, Hinch said:
We got hit on Lap 1 which put us two laps down with a bent car. Obviously not ideal with no yellows… We didn’t get a chance to get our laps back which is unfortunate because we had fastest lap of the race, so the No. 5 Arrow car was quick but didn’t get a chance to show it today.
Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda was forced to retire from the race due to the damage to his car following the first lap incident and speaking following the race he said:
Obviously a short and disappointing afternoon for us ending our day pretty much in the first corner of the race. I was side-by-side with [teammate] James [Hinchcliffe] when I got hit really hard by [Takuma] Sato, and that made me bounce into James and obviously damaged both of our cars. That ended our day from there. Very disappointing especially since we had a good qualifying yesterday and a good warmup session where we knew we had a really strong race car. I think we could have had a good race, but it was not our day. Really just disappointed for the whole Arrow SPM team, but we will bounce back.
Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda started the race from ninth place and ran as high as 2nd place and came home in 10th and speaking following the race he said:
It was a well deserved top-10 finish. We ran between P8 and P12 all weekend, so we ended the race in that same realm. There is a bit of disappointment because we have been performing so well so our expectations are rising. We all want to do a great job for AutoNation and SiriusXM and especially at Michael’s [Shank] home track. We know we can do better, and while I was pushing hard I made a mistake which let Graham [Rahal] get by. Overall it was a very successful weekend for the Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM crew.