Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda started Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway from 10th place and made a good start but unfortunately for the Mayor of HinchTown he was caught up in the first accident going into Turn two.
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports worked extremely hard to get Hinch back on track but he was penalized as a result of the team working on his car during the 45 minute red flag period meaning when he did get back on track he was held at his pit stand for ten laps.
Hinch would retire from the race due to handling issues with his No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda.
Speaking following the race he said:
It unfolded in front of us. We had a pretty good start with the No. 5 Arrow car. We were heading into Turn 2 kind of three-wide, and I knew that wasn’t a good idea, so I backed out. I thought I was actually gonna save us because it happened in front of me. I couldn’t see exactly what started it, but then the wreck sorta moved down to the inside… I was able to slow down, but it just slid out to where I was. There was nowhere I could go. It sucks. I mean it wasn’t too hard a hit, so glad everybody is ok. It’s a 500-mile race, I don’t know how many times we have to do this before people figure out that you can attack all you want, but it doesn’t give you a chance to win if you are in the fence.”
Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda started the race from 16th place and just missed out on a top finish coming home in 12th place and speaking following the race he said:
“It was a tough race. I thought I had some really good starts and restarts; we made up positions there. Unfortunately, throughout the race we were struggling a bit with the balance of the car throughout the stints, so I was struggling to keep up with the pace with the guys ahead or behind us. I thought at one point there after the second restart and we were up to P5, the day was looking to potentially be really good. Just a tough race trying to hang on and make the best of it. We learned a lot and the Arrow SPM guys did a great job with stops, but disappointed we didn’t have a better result than that.”