Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda and Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda endured a tough opening practice day on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America circuit.
Hinchcliffe completed 15 laps in the afternoon setting the 18th fastest time with a 01:44.0419s and speaking following the day of action the Mayor of HinchTown commented by saying:
Today was a struggle, to be honest. We had a really productive test here last week and we were kind of hoping to unload with a similar feel but that just was not the case. Track conditions are wildly different and we’re seeing a lot of guys struggle to find a good balance, and we were no different. We took some big swings at it in the sessions and over lunch but we still aren’t one hundred percent happy with the balance. Also, we didn’t get a run on tires there at the end. We had just pulled out when the red flag came out. I’m sure that the speed will come. If you look at the times of the top two, it’s quite close so I’m not too worried yet. We’ll have a good think about it tonight and come back strong tomorrow.
Mikhail Aleshin fresh from his seventh place finish at the LeMans 24 Hours last weekend ending the opening day of track action at Road America just behind his team mate in 19th place having set a fastest time of 01:44.1000s completing 18 laps and speaking following the session the Russian commented by saying:
I’m very happy to get to know this track as I’ve never been here before. The entire field is really close on lap times so it will make for a good race. We have a little bit of work to do on the No. 7 SMP Racing car but I think we will be good for qualifying tomorrow.