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2019 Grand Prix of Portland

James Hinchcliffe 
No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“I had an okay start, was nice and clear into Turn 1, and then just got broadsided. I guess Graham [Rahal] got into the back of Zach [Veach]… I watched the replay and Graham’s right-side tires are on the white line. If no other cars were there, he wouldn’t physically get through Turn 1. I don’t know what he was thinking. This is frustrating. Third race in a row we’ve been hit on Lap 1. I was joking with the guys, I think we should actually paint a target on our car so maybe we don’t get hit. It’s unfortunate. We just can’t catch a break. Conor did an incredible job jumping in this weekend and putting the Arrow car into the top 10, and I think we had more pace than we were able to show in qualifying, so we were really excited for the race. I think we were going to be able to move up and be competitive. We’ll never know.”

Conor Daly
No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“Overall, we have to focus on the positives from this weekend. Great qualifying – all the team cars were in the top 10. It was a true pleasure working with this team again. Great people, great partner in Arrow Electronics. Sometimes we can’t control some of the factors in these races, and sadly James and I got caught up in someone else’s mistake. Our cars were quick, we were on for a good race and it is a shame, but definitely thankful for this chance.”

Jack Harvey
No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“My day was unfortunately cut pretty short. I had a great start and was able to get into P3 on the exit of Turn 2. Then on the restart I lost a place to Will Power who was on [Firestone alternate tires] reds and I was on [Firestone primary tires] blacks. I knew that I was far enough away from Ryan [Hunter-Reay] that I actually deactivated push to pass because I was so clear into the corner. The No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda showed great pace all weekend and we have made some real good gains this year. I am proud of everyone this weekend, it’s just disappointing that we weren’t able to get the result today that we deserved.”

Statement on the driver change of the No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

Statement on the driver change of the No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda:

Following a request from Alfa Romeo Racing for Marcus Ericsson to be on the ground at this weekend’s Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has granted Marcus a release from his driving duties for the NTT IndyCar Series race weekend in Portland. Conor Daly will pilot the No. 7 Arrow SPM Honda at this weekend’s Grand Prix of Portland.

Bommarito Automotive Group 500

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.”

Marcus Ericsson
No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“It was like a race with a lot of different faces. First off at the start, I got chopped in Turn 3 and I sort of half-spun the car and managed to stay out of the way of other cars in the wall, so that wasn’t the best start to the race. There was no damage, so we could come in to clean up the grass on the car and get after it again. From then on we had a really fast car. The Arrow SPM guys did a great job to adjust the car after practice yesterday because we were struggling a bit in traffic yesterday, and I think the changes we did for today were really working. The Arrow car was fast out there and we were moving up through the field. Unfortunately on one of the stops, on the out lap, I had a moment in Turn 3 and made contact with the wall, so that sort of put our day in a bad place and we lost two laps. Still, the guys did a great job to repair the car very quickly. From then on it was a tough race, but again we showed a lot of pace, and I don’t think there were a lot of cars out there that were faster than us. It’s a bit like our season: a lot of potential, a lot of pace, but not the results to show for it. Today was disappointing, but we’ll take the positives and move forward.”

2019 ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway

James Hinchcliffe  No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “It unfolded in front of us. We had a pretty good start with the No. 5 Arrow car. We were heading into Turn 2 kind of three wide, and I knew that wasn’t a good idea, so I backed out. I thought I was actually going to…

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2019 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

2019 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio James Hinchcliffe  No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “We got hit on Lap 1 which put us two laps down with a bent car. Obviously not ideal with no yellows… We didn’t get a chance to get our laps back which is unfortunate because we had fastest lap of…

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2019 Iowa 300

James Hinchcliffe  No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “We started inside the top five which was good. Had a lot of really good battles on track; we raced really hard with Spencer [Pigot] which was a lot of fun. There was a lot of close calls out there. The cars changed a lot as the…

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2019 Honda Indy Toronto

James Hinchcliffe  No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “Obviously the tire strategy across the board were pretty identical. The fuel strategy was pretty identical. There were no yellows to close the gaps and give us a chance on restarts. So, from starting 14th, picking up eight spots to finish sixth is a pretty solid day….

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2019 Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America

2019 Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America James Hinchcliffe  No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “Kind of story of our year: I don’t think the result was representative of the pace we had. We had a good start, got some guys, made up another spot or two during the first pit sequence… We were really…

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2019 Texas Motor Speedway

James Hinchcliffe  No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “We were coming up on some lapped cars, and I tried to use those lapped cars to pick on [Alexander] Rossi. We got a good run on the outside, but I just got a little bit high and got into the grey. The car pushed to the…

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2019 Detroit Grand Prix Race 2

James Hinchcliffe  No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “The Detroit weekend for the No. 5 Arrow car had promising pace but no result to show for it. Yesterday we kept our nose clean in the rain, but guys that made mistakes caught a lucky yellow, so that one was tough as well with some fast…

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