Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda started Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course from 10th place and came home in 13th place following a disappointing race. Speaking following the race, Hinchcliffe commented by saying:
It was not the best weekend for the Arrow crew. We rolled off the truck with a car that finished on the podium at this track last year. It’s so tough because every race this year, our strength has been rolling off the truck with a good car. In a series that’s so competitive, and we have such little track time, that’s the key because it’s really tough to bounce back from a bad first session, and unfortunately that’s what we had. We picked off a few spots in the first stint, but ultimately we got stuck behind [Simon] Pagenaud… Unfortunately we got stuck behind him and that allowed other cars to close in and that led to a chain reaction of events which brought us to a pretty disappointing result in 13th. We’re going to try and bounce back from this; we’ve got the two biggest weekends of the year coming up and we’re going to try and hit it out of the park
Mikhail Aleshin endured a difficult day and finished the race in 18th place and speaking following the race, the Russian commented by saying:
That was definitely not the day we were hoping for. Our car was just difficult to drive this weekend… Anyway today is finished, this race is finished and the car is in one piece. We’ll learn from today and move forward.