Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe was back on track at the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix of Detroit presented by Lear and finished the opening day of action in third place with a fastest time of 01:16.4849s and speaking following the action the Mayor of HinchTown commented by saying:
Up and down first day. In the first session, we had some issues with the brakes and we were really struggling to get the car to feel the way I wanted. Huge credit to the Arrow Electronics guys… this seems to be a trend of ours in 2018: turning around from a bad session and making it a good one. Even on the blacks (Firestone primary tires) before I went to the reds (alternate Firestone tires), the car got miles better, really just sorted it out and the track came alive. Then we put the reds on and managed to get a solid time out of it. It’s still early. It sucks to get so little practice here in Detroit, but it’s the same for everyone. We just have to make the best of it and try and put a good show on tomorrow.
Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda finished the day in ninth place with a fastest speed of 01:16.7974s and speaking following his day in the car he said:
A pretty good day here in Detroit with the No. 6 Lucas Oil guys. On the red (Firestone alternate tires) in Practice 2, I made a mistake and lost about four-tenths (of a second) and we’re still in the top 10, so we’ve got a strong car. We just have to minimize our mistakes tomorrow to get a good qualifying spot and try to score some good points in the race. Everything is looking pretty great here at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with both of our cars in the top 10 again