Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda was left disappointed after being left no room at Turn 3 by Zach Veach which left the Canadian up on the curb and in a spin causing him to retire from the race along with a number of other drivers.
Speaking following the race, the Mayor of HinchTown said:
Obviously a pretty disappointing day after a promising start. It was a kind of classic first lap deal – Zach (Veach) didn’t leave me enough room on the inside of Turn 3 there and we got forced on to a pretty big curb. It kicked the car sideways and I’m obviously sorry for the chain reaction it set off and ruined a lot of guys days. Ultimately that’s racing. That’s not what we want and I’m glad everyone’s OK. Tough break for the crew, the Arrow Electronics car was really good on Saturday and I think we were going to have good pace in the race, but these things happen. We’ll put our heads down, regroup and try to end the season strong in Sonoma.”
Carlos Munoz in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda driving in place of Robert Wickens finished the race in 12th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Great to finish the weekend without any mistakes, bringing home the Lucas Oil car in one piece. I think we deserved to finish a little more in the front. The yellow in the middle of the race when we had blacks (Firestone primary tires) didn’t help us a lot. The restart also didn’t help us… I was on blacks, everyone else was on reds (Firestone alternate tires). During the race, our car was great – we had the fastest lap time of the race. I obviously wanted more, but we’ll see how it goes in Sonoma. Hopefully, we’ll be even better.”