Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda started Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course from second place on the grid and led the race and came home in third place to claim his second podium finish of the season.
Speaking following the race Wickens commented by saying:
I have to work on my fuel save game a little bit (haha). Hats off to the Lucas Oil guys – we had a great first stint. We had an even better second stint, and then Will [Power] and I had a great little battle when I was on the [Firestone primary] blacks, he was on the [Firestone alternate] reds. I guess I’m not as efficient at fuel saving as they are, but we made it. Scott [Dixon] got behind me on push-to-pass, and I was instructed not to do much because of fuel save. In the end, I’m really happy to be on the podium. It’s frustrating because it feels like you’re driving so slowly because it feels like you’re lifting for what feels like an eternity before the corner, but then the team was reassuring me that [Alexander] Rossi and [Sebastien] Bourdais had to do the same thing. It wasn’t comfortable by any means. It was the first time in my career I’ve had to save fuel like that, but in the end, happy with the podium. Would have liked to be a bit further up, but hard to complain.
James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda started the race from fourth place following tough practice sessions and finished the race in seventh place.
Speaking after what he described as a long day the Canadian commented by saying:
“Long day at the office for us. I think there was decent speed in the Arrow Electronics car on [Firestone Racing] reds, but the black stint was hard for us. Then on the last stop under caution [Ryan] Hunter-Reay pulled into his box right as we were heading out and we had to check up for that. I think we lost two spots in the pits after that, which is unfortunate because it was a fuel save race after that. Nobody was really passing anybody, so we probably should have been top five but still a solid day. No major mistakes anywhere just trying to keep it clean and keep raking in points. Congrats to Robbie [Wickens] on the podium – another good showing for the team and we will just carry this momentum into the 500.”
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will be back on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday where their four cars, driven by James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens, Jack Harvey and Jay Howard to begin practice for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.