Schmidt Peterson Motorsports new signing Robert Wickens says that ovals are fun having made his Verizon IndyCar Series oval debut at Phoenix on Thursday when he conducted his rookie orientation.

Wickens joins fellow Canadian James Hinchcliffe at the team and on his opening day in the car on Friday, Wickens finished in 14th place and speaking following the session he said:

“I thought it was a very productive day. The rookie test yesterday was fairly straightforward, and today was very interesting for me. We got through some setup stuff, got to run in traffic, got to run with a lot of people on track – unlike yesterday where it was a maximum four of the six people were on track at the same time. I thought it all went well. The Lucas Oil team did a great job. I feel very comfortable in the car, which was the first thing I wasn’t actually sure about with it being my first oval, and I wasn’t even sure if I liked them to be honest. But I do – they’re good fun. I’m looking forward to another day on track tomorrow

The Mayor of HinchTown finished Friday’s run in 17th place and speaking following the action, Hinch commented by saying:

We certainly have things we can build on. I don’t really know what we expected (from today), obviously everything is so new. It’s funny how for the same fundamental car – the chassis is the same, the suspension’s all the same, all the rest of it – how much just a change in the bodywork can affect the setups, what you need to do, and what the car likes, how it behaves. We’re all, up and down pit lane, in a bit of a learning process at the moment, and we found some good things, and found some bad things, but it’s all part of the process

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