Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil pole sitter James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda was satisfied with his run during Monday’s practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Mayor of HinchTown completed 98 laps on his way to finishing the day in 17th place place recording an speed of 224.602mph with his fastest time coming on lap 11.

Speaking following the session, Hinchcliffe commented by saying:

It was a productive day here at IMS. This session is very important and I’m really glad we get it. During the week, you try and do some race running but guys are on different programs, it’s a six-hour session, some guys are on track, others are in the garage, so it’s a bit tough to get a really good read on what the race will be like. Today, everybody’s on track running race runs all day. It gives you an opportunity to gather some really valuable data and I think we made some positive changes to the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car. Some negative changes too, so at least we learned a direction and at least we can tune on it a little bit for Carb Day and hopefully be in a good position come Sunday.

Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda ended the day with the seventh fastest time overall coming on lap 7 from a total of 95 laps at a speed of 225.952mph. Speaking following the session he commented by saying:

The final day of practice went well. I think we’re going to be pretty fast in the race with the No. 7 DOOM and SMP Racing car. All three cars showed some good pace. It’s not going to be easy for anyone. It looked like many people struggled in traffic, but it’s all about having good sets of tires and good luck.

Oriol Servia in the No.77 Lucas Oil Special Honda was ended the day in 26th place completing 96 laps of the Speedway with a fastest speed of 223.746mph and speaking following the session the Spaniard commented by saying:

I’m very happy. We did lots of miles and tried lots of things. The best case scenario happened, which was that I was the happiest with the No. 77 Jahia and Lucas Oil car on my last run. I’m looking forward to May 29th. I think we have good cars and I couldn’t be happier with the whole team, and what we have in store for the race.


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