Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin head into this weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen following a mixed race last time out.

In Texas last weekend, James Hinchcliffe finished the race in second place having led the race and completed dominated the race before losing the lead right at the end of the race after Graham Rahal took his first victory of the year.

The Mayor of HinchTown who will be on Dancing with the Stars this season secured his best result of the season at the Firestone 600 where he finished the race on the podium in second place. Speaking ahead of the race the Toronto native commented by saying:

The test at Watkins Glen really opened our eyes to how fast that place is now with the repave. It’s going to a really fast race. Qualifying will be about who takes the most risks and the show will be incredible. I love fast, natural road courses and this one will be great. Hopefully we can carry the momentum that the SPM team has had for the last three races and come away with a solid finish for the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car.

Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda failed to finish the race after retiring from event following after hitting the wall. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Aleshin commented by saying:

Watkins Glen is a great track with many technical turns. This will be my first race there and I can’t wait to get on track because I’ve heard such good things about it. The SPM team has made great progress during the season and we’ve really picked up momentum at Mid-Ohio, Pocono and Texas. Now we’re ready to go to the top step of the podium!

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