Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe says his team were right not to buy his way into the Indianapolis 500 earlier this year.

The Mayor of HinchTown who drives the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda for the Sam Schmidt led team failed to qualify for the race in May after being bumped out of the field on Bump Day.

Speaking this week, Hinch said:

I think in a lot of ways that was the right call [to not buy a seat for the Indy 500]

Hinch said that the team could have executed things differently on the day but that there is no point in dwelling on what might have been. The Canadian said that he would have liked to have been in the race purely on the championship but that it wasn’t to be.

Despite missing the race, Hinch went on to win the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway in July and ended the season in 10th place in championship equal on 391 points to his team mate Robert Wickens who continues his recovery following his accident at the ABC Supply 500 in August.

The Mayor of HinchTown who will remain with SPM in 2019 will have a new team mate with current Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team driver Marcus Ericsson joining the team in the No.7 Honda.

While making the announcement that Marcus Ericsson would be joining Hinch at SPM alongside Jack Harvey, the team also made it very clear that the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda will remain open to Robert Wickens if and when he wants to return to the IndyCar Series.

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