Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda will start the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach from eighth place on the grid after setting a time of 01:07.1899s. The defending Long Beach race winner hopes that the No.5 crew will be able to challenge up front following a tough a session on Saturday morning.
Not a bad qualifying for us given where we were this morning. We rolled off the truck with not the strongest No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda, but again, credit to the team. We worked on everything, we improved the position of the cars, we improved the balance; it was definitely a lot of work. This place is a very different circuit than St. Pete, so unfortunately, it wasn’t just a direct copy setup-wise. Again, we were kind of out to lunch this morning, and really proud of the guys to get the car into a place where we could sneak into the top 10. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow. It’s a long race, and we’ve seen before how much things can change from qualifying to Sunday afternoon. We will put our heads down, put together a good race car, pray for great strategy and go from there.
Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda will start the race from 10th place after setting a fastest time of 01:07.2289s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I pushed a little too hard, and I brushed the wall at the exit of Turn 4. I bent the rear toe link, so we had to bring it back in; it’s a shame. When you’re pushing on the limit, and trying to get into the Firestone Fast Six, you risk everything. We went a little bit too far in that one, but the Lucas Oil car was good enough to get into the Fast Six today, nevertheless it was a good turn around from the guys considering where we came from in practice. The car felt much better than it has all weekend, so good job by the guys crunching the data, crunching the numbers to give us a better car here for this afternoon.
Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda starts the race from 17th place having setting a fastest time of 01:08.8207s.