Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe who drives the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda felt that the team learned a lot from the opening day of practice for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in California on Friday.
In the opening practice session on Friday morning Hinch ended up in sixth place with a time of 01:08.4314s.
In the afternoon session the Mayor of HinchTown set the ninth fastest time of 01:08.3621s and speaking following the session he said:
I think we learned a lot today. Ultimately, our pace wasn’t representative; the No. 20 decided to have no respect on track and sat right in front of us on our fast lap on reds (Firestone alternate tires) – you only get one lap. Bit annoying not knowing where you are pace-wise because we still have some work to do on the car. Once again, the Arrow car rolled off the truck pretty quick. The guys have done a lot of work in the offseason to improve our pace here; it wasn’t our strongest track last year. I think we’ve made strides and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do with it tomorrow after a night to sleep on it and make it a little better.”
Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda finished the opening session in 19th place with a time of 01:08.9951s while in the second session he was 16th fastest with a time of 01:08.5580s and speaking following the session he said:
It was a fun first day here in Long Beach. It’s a great track to drive, and obviously, the first time for me, but I had a lot of fun. It’s quite technical, quite bumpy, so you need to sort of learn how to use the track and where to place the car over all of the bumps and curbs out there. It takes a bit of time to get into that – I’m still sort of trying to figure out the best way around this track, but I’m getting there. We did quite a few laps, as well, to learn the car and try different setups, so we’re definitely moving in the right direction. We just need to find a bit more in the Arrow car for tomorrow and Sunday.”
Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda for Meyer Shank Racing ended the opening session in 21st place with a time of 01:09.1106s while in the second session he set the 22nd fastest time with a 01:08.9504s and speaking following the session he said:
Fridays just aren’t our day. We had a fuel leak, so that kind of threw the session off a bit for us, but there’s obviously nothing we can really do about that. On the bright side, I’m glad that we caught it today and the guys fixed it pretty quickly. So far this season we have done a good job at recovering on Saturday. Right now, we just need to focus on having a good day tomorrow.