Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda was back in action on the opening day of the Verizon IndyCar Series at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

The Canadian did a great job and ended his day with combined sixth fastest time of the day. The mayor of Hinchtown completed 41 laps with a time of 1.01.3334s at a speed of 105.652mph.

Speaking following his first day back in full Verizon IndyCar Series competition, Hinchcliffe commented by saying:

First of all, I’m grateful to be back at the track and back in my first race weekend since May. The No. 5 Arrow Electronics crew guys did a great job prepping the car over the winter and we came out of the box pretty strong. The first practice was a bit rough, just getting used to the new tire and the new (aero) kit but we made some changes over lunch and seem to be at least at the sharpish end. There’s still a bunch of work to do so we’ll work hard overnight and hopefully have a strong qualifying tomorrow.

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