James Hinchcliffe: Indy Is A Mean Mistress

James Hinchcliffe
James Hinchcliffe was the big shock of Bump Day as the man fifth in the championship failed to qualify for the 102nd Indianapolis 500.

The No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport car was first out on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway following the first rain delay on Saturday and ended up near the back of the field. Once Oriol Servia managed to get into the 33 after two aborted runs, Hinchcliffe was left on the bubble and Conor Daly then went up to 33rd to bump the Canadian and require him to run again.

Hinchcliffe switched to Lane 1 to gain priority and head out on track sacrificing his previous speed at the same time  but on his warm-up lap reported a “very, very, very bad vibration” and returned to the pits with a little over 11 minutes remaining in the session.

Pippa Mann was the other car outside of the 33 and ahead of Hinchcliffe in Lane 1 as both tried to prepare their cars for another run, allowing both Graham Rahal and Alexander Rossi to head out from Lane 2. That saw the clock tick down and Mann was the final car out before time expired, bumping Hinchcliffe out of the race.

Hinchcliffe  engineered by Leena Gade this season  was on pole two years ago at Indianapolis Motor Speedway but as things stand, will now not race next weekend.

“It’s devastating in every way possible,” Hinchcliffe said. “We got in the lane there, we got a tire vibration and I’m not entirely sure what the problem was. It’s one of those things  Indy is a cruel mistress sometimes, the highest of highs and lowest of lows.

“Everybody at SPM worked their tails off to get these cars ready. We have three cars in the show, unfortunately, the fourth one didn’t make it but win as a team, lose as a team. It’s [strange] to be here after where we were two years ago, but we’ll put our heads down, we’ll take a look at it, and we’ll learn from this experience.

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow, for sure. I’m disappointed. The Arrow car is fast enough to be in the show, no doubt about it. We’ve got one of the best crews on pit lane. It’s a big blow, for sure.”


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