Schmidt Peterson Motorsports endured an extremely tough second race at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Grand Prix of Belle Isle.
James Hinchcliffe who started the race from 14th place was left extremely angry after retiring from the from the race on the opening lap after he was spun around by Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz sending Hinchcliffe into the wall at Turn 1.
Speaking following the race the mayor of HinchTown commented by saying:
A silly racing incident ruined our day, The Arrow Electronics car had a reasonable start. Charlie Kimball and Carlos Munoz were going at it and we were just victims of circumstance there. So, there’s not a whole lot to say. When you start back there, you open yourself up to stuff like that.
Hinchcliffe went on to say:
In the future, we will focus on making sure we don’t start back there: start up front, finish up front like we should and that way we’re not back in the mess. It’s just an unfortunate missed opportunity because the car was quick all weekend and we’ve got two races with very little to show for it. I’m gutted for the guys and everyone at Arrow but if we know how to do one thing, it’s come back, so we will be back at Texas next week stronger than ever.
Mikhaik Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing DOOM Honda started the race from 5th place on the grid following a difficult start to his weekend and came home in 17th place and speaking following the race the Russian commented by saying:
Another disappointing day for us here in Detroit, I think the SMP Racing and DOOM car was good, good enough to fight for the top ten, but we just had some bad luck with my seat belts at the end. We’re just going to put this weekend behind us and get ready for Texas.