Schmidt Peteson Motorsports came away from the opening race of the Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle disappointed after James Hinchcliffe who started the race from fourth place on the grid however a parts failure on lap 43 caused the Toronto native to hit the tyre barrier at Turn 7 however the team were able to get him back out on track and he ended the event in 18th place. Hinchcliffe commented by saying:
There’s not a whole lot to say, really, The Arrow Electronics car was really quick and the guys called a good strategy, but ultimately we had a parts failure that put us into the tires, so it’s an opportunity lost for some solid points. We were ahead of a lot of the guys that we needed to be ahead of and keeping pace with a couple of the Penskes there, which was good because they were the class of the field this weekend. Not a whole lot we can do so we’ll regroup. We know we have a quick car so we’ll just bounce back tomorrow.
Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda had a slightly better race as he started from the race from 12th place and after pitting for black Firestones he made his way up to sixth place however with just nine laps remaining in the race the Russian was hit by the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet of Tony Kanaan and as a result he was forced to pit to replace a tyre and finished the race in 15th place. Aleshin commented by saying:
It was a tough race but we were pretty sure the SMP Racing and DOOM car was able to finish in the top ten, But then [Tony] Kanaan just crashed into the rear of my car and the rear right tire went flat. I’m not sure why he didn’t receive a penalty but my crew worked really hard and we deserved more than that.”