Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe says missing the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May wasn’t only a character building experience but for everyone with the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team.
The Mayor Of HinchTown ended the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series in joint 10th place with his team mate Robert Wickens with both drivers finishing with 391 points.
Speaking about missing out on the Indianapolis 500 as Bump Day returned, Hinch said:
It was certainly a character-building experience for not only myself but for the whole team. “It was humbling in a lot of ways and infuriating in a lot of ways. In situations like that, the only thing you can really control is how you handle it. As a team, we held our heads high and accepted blame for what we did and didn’t do. There was a lot of growth that came from that. It actually pulled the group together tighter.
Hinch scored two podium finishes including victory at the Iowa Corn 300. Speaking about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Mayor of HinchTown commented by saying:
We’ve got this really unique sort of love-hate relationship with Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it seems. “I think that’s what makes us respect the race and respect the track even more. There’s no group that wants to show up there and do well as much as these guys do. We’re looking forward to getting back there and redeeming ourselves.
The highlight of the season for Hinch was the win in Iowa and speaking about the victory the Canadian commented by saying:
Iowa came at a point where we were kind of on a roll as a team. “The team was really hitting on everything. We were performing at the best level. To go there with a new aero kit, we had to relearn a lot. We tested there before the race, and that helped. The new kit drove so differently at Iowa. We had to reinvent our setup a bit. The guys got it just right. We kept our calm on race day and took advantage of a good car. That was the highlight of the season for us.
Hinch is now helping his team mate and best friend Robert Wickens with his recovery following his accident at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in August and speaking about Robbie’s recovery, Hinch said:
Robbie sees progress every day. “His spirits are definitely good. He’s the same old Robbie. He’s just as competitive and just as driven as ever. He’s bringing the approach that makes him so successful behind the wheel of a race car and as a professional driver to his rehab. It’s serving him very well.