The Verizon IndyCar Series is back in action this weekend following the Indianapolis 500 last weekend with the teams heading to Belle Isle for the Chevrolet Dual In Detroit.
One team who are looking to carry their month of May momentum into June for the race in Detroit is Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. James Hinchcliffe returned to race at the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since 2014 having missed last years race and what a come back it was.
The Toronto native took pole position for the event and battled with Ryan Hunter Reay for the lead over the course of the opening stint of the race and came home in seventh place in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda.
Turning attention to this weekend’s double header in Detroit, Hinchcliffe goes into the race in fifth place in the championship on 205 points just six points behind Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden. Speaking about this weekend’s race, Hinchcliffe said:
Detroit and I have had a bittersweet relationship in the past, but the last few races there have been very competitive. I really like the new layout, and we are hoping to just continue the momentum we’ve been seeing with the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car, and try and get back on the podium.
Mikhail Aleshin heads to Detroit off the back of tough Indianapolis 500 which saw him retire from the race on lap 126 following contact and looking ahead to this weekend the Russian who will for the second race in a row run the DOOM color scheme and sponsorship commented by saying:
I’m very happy to be going back to Detroit, driving the No. 7 SMP Racing and DOOM car. I have good memories from last time and hope to get good result for SPM team this time. It should be an exciting double-header weekend.