Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe has told Paddock Eye during a Verizon IndyCar Series teleconference that the team learnt a lot from their test at Watkins Glen earlier this month.
The Mayor of HinchTown also said that due to the fact that the Texas Motor Speedway and Watkins Glen are different circuit layouts, Texas being an oval and Watkins Glen being a permanent race circuit the team won’t carry over any set up’s for this weekend’s race. Hinchcliffe heads into this weekend’s race having scored his best finish of the season last time out at the Firestone 600 where he finished in second place.
When asked if the team will bring anything forward from the Firestone 600 to the race this weekend at The Glen, Hinch said:
Honestly, no, not directly. The whole point of our setup at Texas was to take care of the tires and for long-run speed. Though our short-term pace and short-run pace was very good, that’s not what our car was built for, so those short stints at the end with all the yellows is just what allowed everyone else to catch up. If it wasn’t for that, in any longer run, we were the class of the field, and the team deserves a lot of credit for that. But it’s the nature of the beast.
Speaking about the test at Watkins Glen, Hinchcliffe said:
Yeah, yeah, of course. That was our first real chance to get dialed in on that racetrack with this car, and like I said, it was quite a bit different than what the teams all remembered from 2010, so that was incredibly valuable, and I know that a lot of guys learned a lot of information about what they needed to show back up with this weekend.