Hinch Has An Up And Down Race At Gateway

James Hinchcliffe

James Hinchcliffe

 
No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“It was an up-and-down weekend for us. Practice One had a lot of problems, so we lost a bunch of track time. Luckily Marcus had been out here and tested, and we were able to put his setup on our car for qualifying and got the 5 Arrow car a decent spot for the start of the race. It was a really tough race. Every single set of our tires were vibrating. That first stint, we were actually able to stay out longer and kind of manage our tires a bit better than everyone else. We caught a lucky yellow that cycled us up to the front. From there, we spent the first half of the race just trying to manage our tires as best we could. We weren’t good over short runs, but we were decent over a long run, so the early part of the race, it was fine. Then unfortunately we had like five yellows in a row and with a car that just wasn’t good on a short run, we just kept getting hosed. That last restart, [Ryan] Hunter-Reay hit us pretty hard, put us down into the grass in Turn 1 and bent something in the car, so from there we were just trying to hang on. It’s unfortunate. The Arrow SPM guys deserved better today. They were killer in the pits, we made up spots every time we came into pit lane. Unfortunately the yellows, and the way the race fell, just didn’t fall in our favor.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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