Schmidt Peterson Motorsports co owner Sam Schmidt is convinced that his driver James Hinchcliffe who will start Sunday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from pole position can go all the way on Sunday at take his No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda to victory lane at the Brickyard.
The Mayor of Hinchcliffe took a popular P1 Award on Sunday and it is fair to say that every driver and team in the Verizon IndyCar Series was thrilled for the Canadian who just 12 months ago suffered a well documented near fatal accident at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Schmidt who suffered his own accident that has left him as quadriplegic believes that Hinch can win on Sunday.
Schmidt who owns and runs the team with Robert Peterson commented by saying:
James, he’s kind of downplaying this thing, It takes a hell of a lot of heart. I’ve been through some pretty scary things in my life, too. I was there last year for the first 24 hours after the crash and he was not doing very well. The second words out of his mouth were, ‘When can I race again? I knew he could be back. We wanted this really badly. And he can win this race next Sunday.