The No.5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda of James Hinchcliffe made history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday as the Canadian took the Verizon P1 Award for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
The Mayor of HinchTown was the fastest driver during Saturday’s Fast Nine qualifying and decided to set a time during Sunday’s final practice session at the Brickyard before the run for pole position.
Speaking after taking pole, the Mayor of HinchTown commented by saying:
This is just so huge for the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team, To have all three cars in the top ten, no other team can say that. SPM did it. They did their homework. The Arrow Electronics car was just killer. It was fast, but it was consistent. Josef [Newgarden] had the quicker lap time but we had the consistency over the four laps. The Honda power was incredible too. It’s just crazy to think about where we were a year ago, and now my first-ever pole comes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a year out from what happened last year, in the 100th running of the biggest race in history.
Speaking about getting the P1 Award at the Brickyard Hinch commented by saying:
To get the Verizon Pole Award here, it’s just so special. I’ve come close twice, I’ve been second twice, been robbed. That’s what I was just joking about with Josef. I know how he felt and I kind of felt bad, but not that bad. I was okay with it. I’m just really happy for the Arrow boys and all the SPM teams.
What a difference a year makes!!