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Monday, August 1, 2016

Hinchcliffe fifth at Mid-Ohio

Hinchcliffe during practice at Mid-Ohio
credit: Chris Owens
Schmidt Peterson Racing found some success at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, with Mikhail Aleshin leading nearly half the race before a pit lane accident took him out of contention, and James Hinchcliffe stayed out of trouble and coming home with a fifth-place finish. Simon Pagenaud took the win in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, becoming the first driver to win four times in 2016.

Hinchcliffe started ninth on the grid and dropped back to 12th at the start, staying mid-field in the running order until late in the race. The No. 5 Arrow Electronics car barely made the checkered flag before running out of fuel, leaving “The Mayor” to walk back to pit lane.

“We got back on the red tires in the third stint and it really started to come to us,” said Hinchcliffe. “We picked off some guys in pit cycles and then picked off some guys on track in the last stint. We didn’t catch either of the lucky yellows, we had to earn it, but after falling to the back of the line for a pit-lane speed violation, which was one hundred percent my fault, we raced our way back up to a top five. Great work in the pits and I’m happy for everyone at Arrow, and at Honda at one of their home races.”

The Verizon IndyCar Series takes a break until August 21 with the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, followed by the re-run of the Firestone 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway on August 27. Keep up with the action at www.indycar.com, and follow Hinchcliffe at www.hinchtown.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.

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