Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchciffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda had a rocket ship in the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday. The Mayor Of HinchTown used a three stop strategy from 11th place on the grid to score his second Iowa win and his first win of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
The result has moved the Canadian into the top ten in the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers standings on 280 points heading to his home race in Toronto next weekend.
The win was the perfect way for Hinch to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on competing in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May. Speaking following the race, Hinch said:
“This is such a good feeling after what happened in May. “We knew we had it in us and to come here and do it like that.
“We didn’t qualify the best, but we had a good car. The first stint was great, the second stint we made a change and went a little too far. Went too far the other way on the next stop. After that last stop, the thing was a rocket ship.
“It’s so nice to be back up top after kind of the season that we’ve had.”
Hinch’s team mate Robert Wickens had a strong race coming home in fifth place having stated the race from seventh. Speaking following the race he said:
“It was a frustrating afternoon for sure, but I definitely had some good people around me keeping me cool and keeping me informed on what was happening during the race. Even though you feel like you’re on an island and doing a terrible job because the car is sliding around, and just to get that message that you’re doing a great job and you’re quicker than the leaders you’re like – ‘oh okay this is alright. I can get through this.’ In the end it’s a great day: great day for Honda, great day for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Two cars in the top five. It should have been a double podium with the Lucas Oil car up there. There would have been nothing sweeter than to celebrate Hinch’s [James Hinchcliffe] win than being on the podium with him.”