Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe was at the heart of the action during the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday. The Mayor of HinchTown started the race from eighth place making a lightening getaway making up two spots within the first three laps.
The No.5 Arrow Electronics crew did a fantastic job servicing Hinch’s car in 5.8s meaning that he could jump the No.10 NTT Data Chevrolet of Tony Kanaan he ran as high as fifth place during the race.
Speaking following the race, Hinchcliffe commented by saying:
It was a solid day, Being able to move up a couple spots was good. We struggled a little bit more than others with tire degradation, so it forced us to stop early a couple times, which meant we were saving fuel in those runs there. All in all, the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car was really quick, maybe just a little bit rough on tires, but it’s good two weekends in a row to come out with strong finishes and we’ll hopefully keep this momentum going into the month of May.
Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda made contact with Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz on the formation lap with IndyCar race control sending the Russian to the back of the field.
Following the contact, Aleshin suffered with the balance of his car for the rest of the race and came home in 17th place. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Well, that’s what happens when someone doesn’t use their brain, The rest of the race was bad because I got hit in the back of the car at the start and then someone hit me on my front wheel. The car was completely unbalanced after that. Something was bent, so the job was done before it even started.