Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda started Saturday’s race one of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Lear from fifth place and on the opening lap of the race inbetween T1 and T2 the Canadian spun on cold tires and dropped down the order right to the back of the field.
The Mayor of HinchTown came through the field during the race having managed to stay on the lead lap making his first trip to pit-road at the end of lap one.
The Toronto native finished the race on the podium to complete a Honda 1,2,3 with race winner Graham Rahal and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon finishing the race in second place.
Speaking following the race, Hinchcliffe commented by saying:
Tires are the name of the game here. To be able to get off the reds (alternate Firestone tires) after the spin in the first turn there played to our advantage. Then we got that yellow at the right time right after out stop. It put us up where we belonged, and I think we showed that the No. 5 Arrow car had a lot of pace. To come back from that – the SPM boys were great in the pits and really happy to grab a podium here today.
Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda finished the race in a strong sixth place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
I think we were pretty competitive and we had a great strategy. The Lucas Oil car was very good, so that allowed me to overtake a couple people at the beginning and be competitive throughout the race. I’m proud of our boys, and from where we started I think it’s a great day.