Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda said that the team learned a lot on the opening day of practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park.
The Mayor of HinchTown who was one of many drivers who went off track during practice testing the limits of the new aero kit on the road course circuit ended Friday with the 19th combined fastest time of 01:08.7317s and speaking following the day of track activity, Hinch said:
We learned a lot today. We tried to come test here a few weeks ago, but unfortunately Mother Nature had a different plan, so we didn’t get a lot of running in. We came into this weekend with a bit of an evolution from what we tested, still were a little bit off, and over lunch, the Arrow Electronics guys made a couple of great changes. It doesn’t look great on the time sheets because our fast lap was when that red flag came out, so they took it away from us. I think we’re decently inside the top 10, which is a big jump from this morning.
It was a disappointing day for Hinch’s team mate Robert Wickens who was forced to end his day early as a result of a water leak and speaking following his day, the Canadian who drives the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda commented by saying:
We lost water pressure somewhere in the Lucas Oil car, so we’re playing it safe. No water pressure means no water circulation to the engine, then it overheats and blows up. We’re taking the precautions to keep the engine alive, but unfortunately, we stopped after a couple of laps. It’s an hour free practice and we only did two competitive laps, so we’re just watching everyone else improve their cars and we aren’t able to right now. It’s pretty disappointing