Schmidt Peterson Motorsports had an extremely strong race at the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday as home favourite and fan favourite James Hinchcliffe secured a podium finish for the time in his Verizon IndyCar Series career.
The Mayor of HinchTown who started the race from sixth place (his best qualifying result in Toronto) ended the race on the podium in third place behind Penske’s race winner Will Power and Helio Castroneves.
Speaking following the race Hinch commented by saying:
“Great end to the day, obviously, “We finally caught a lucky break in Toronto. We didn’t have the best car on blacks, we were really good on reds at the start. Some guys were throwing elbows and there was a bit of bump-and-grinding at the beginning there, but we were able to maintain position. On the blacks, with the track temperature going up, we were really struggling. We pitted and luckily just caught that yellow. Like I said, it’s the first time I’ve had a lucky break in this city so we’re happy to take it. Huge props to the Arrow Electronics boys in the pits because we made up some spots there and to get the podium here in the hometown… this is awesome. This is one of the coolest days ever.
Hinchcliffe’s team mate Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda had an extremely strong race as the Russian started the race from 10th place and finished the race in sixth place just ahead of Sebastien Bourdais. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
The team did an amazing job and that’s what allowed me to be in the top six in the SMP Racing car,” “Sixth place is great for the points championship and we’re going to aim for even more next time. Thanks to the SMP crew and now we’ll focus on Mid-Ohio.