Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda was happy that both he and his team mate Mikhail Aleshin were able to out-qualify some of the Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske cars for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway.

Speaking after qualifying in ninth place, the Mayor of HinchTown commented by saying:

For two laps of a 7/8-mile oval, it’s amazing how out of breath you are qualifying here in these conditions. It was really loose for us in the Arrow car – just trying to battle that and trying to keep your foot on the throttle as much as you could. Luckily we were able to help Mikhail (Aleshin) a little bit and give him a heads up. This isn’t our best type of track, so for the two of us to be ahead of some of the Ganassi and Penske cars, that’s a good start.

Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 Lucas Oil Honda will start the race from sixth place on the grid and speaking following the session he commented by saying:

I’m happy with our run; the No. 7 Lucas Oil car did a pretty good job. Qualifying isn’t everything on an oval, but it’s nice to have some speed within our Honda group, and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

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