Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe heads to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach following a ninth place finish in the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

It has been an extremely busy time for the Canadian with plenty of testing and speaking ahead of the race this weekend, the Mayor of HinchTown commented by saying:

“Everybody looks forward to going to Long Beach every year. Obviously, the setting – along the water in California – is nice to look at, but at the same time, it’s probably, after the (Indy) 500, the most historic venue that we go to. It’s been running 43 years now for a reason; F1 and, of course, Indy car have been running there a long time. The greatest of the greats have raced there and won there, and I think that’s why it makes it such an appealing place for us to go to, and one that everyone wants to win. It’s a great track for me. I got my first Indy Lights win there, my first Indy car top five (and) my first Indy car podium, so hopefully we can add to that list and try and get a victory there this weekend.

Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda started the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from 17th place and finished the event in 14th place and looking ahead to the Toyota Grand Prix, Aleshin commented by saying:

It feels great to be going back to the streets of Long Beach for the legendary Grand Prix of Long Beach. I think that the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports cars are pretty good on the street courses, so we are, of course, going to aim for the top result. The team is in great shape and I’m happy to get back to this great place.

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