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INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma

James Hinchcliffe
No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“Obviously not the day we wanted. We actually had a pretty solid race going until our last pit stop… There was some anomaly with the engine or gearbox or clutch – not quite sure which yet – it caused the car to stall, so we dropped from ninth down to 18th. We fought back what we could in the remaining laps, but it’s disappointing because the team did a better job than that today on track, in the pits, with the car; we just didn’t have the results to show for it. At the end of the day, the 2019 season started the second the checkered flag fell and we’re already all eyes forward and focused on hitting the ground running in St. Petersburg. Thanks to the SPM team for all the hard work all year. Thanks to Arrow Electronics and all of our partners. It’s been an up-and-down year, but we’ve won as a team, we’ve lost as a team, and we’ll come back stronger next year. #GetWellWickens ”


Carlos Muñoz
No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“Tough race for the Lucas Oil car. It’s a pretty tough track to overtake. I think when we finally got going, I passed a few cars and I was up to P14. Then on the restart, someone hit me in the rear, I spun and lost a lot of positions. The hit broke my gearbox and I had to run the rest of the race in emergency mode which cost us a lot of time. Not how I wanted to finish for sure. Really thankful to everyone at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – the mechanics, the engineers, everyone on the team have been so great to me. Wishing a quick recovery to Robert [Wickens] and hopefully he’ll be back at it in no time. For sure we wanted more out of today, but that’s racing.”


Jack Harvey
No. 60 AutoNation SiriusXM Meyer Shank Racing with SPM Honda
“Overall I think that we had a lot of great moments in the year, but I don’t think we ever got the result that we potentially did have or that the team deserved. This weekend has been a struggle. Even though today clearly wasn’t my best day, if you look at the year as a whole, I really have to thank everyone from Meyer Shank Racing and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Without AutoNation and SiriusXM, neither of us would be able to get to be here, so really the biggest thanks go to them. I’m optimistic and hopeful that next year we will do more races and have more opportunities to get a better result.”

Medical Update on Robert Wickens

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018) – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens underwent surgeries this week at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to repair fractures to both of his legs and hands from injuries sustained in a crash during the INDYCAR event at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 19. The surgeries were completed without complication. Wickens…

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Portland Grand Prix report

James Hinchcliffe
No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

“Obviously a pretty disappointing day after a promising start. It was a kind of classic first lap deal — Zach [Veach] didn’t leave me enough room on the inside of Turn 3 there, and we got forced on to a pretty big curb. It kicked the car sideways and I’m obviously sorry for the chain reaction it set off and ruined a lot of guys days. Ultimately that’s racing. That’s not what we want, and I’m glad everyone’s okay. Tough break for the crew, the Arrow Electronics car was really good on Saturday, and I think we were going to have good pace in the race, but these things happen. We’ll put our heads down, regroup and try to end the season strong in Sonoma.”

Carlos Muñoz
No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

“Great to finish the weekend without any mistakes, bringing home the Lucas Oil car in one piece. I think we deserved to finish a little more in the front. The yellow in the middle of the race when we had blacks [Firestone primary tires] didn’t help us a lot. The restart also didn’t help us… I was on blacks, everyone else was on reds [Firestone alternate tires]. During the race, our car was great – we had the fastest lap time of the race. I obviously wanted more, but we’ll see how it goes in Sonoma… hopefully we’ll be even better.”

Jack Harvey
No. 60 AutoNation SiriusXM Meyer Shank Racing with SPM Honda

“The beginning of the race went really well and we cycled out well after that first restart. Unfortunately, after that we caught every yellow flag at the wrong moment. This weekend we made so much good progress in the AutoNation SiriusXM car, it’s a bit disappointing how the race played out. During the first stage of the race we were legitimately running top six and holding it, but then the end result ends up not showing it. Hopefully we can take a few days to reset and take the positives from this weekend and bring them to Sonoma.”

Medical Update on Robert Wickens from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, August 31

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Friday, Aug. 31, 2018) – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens was transferred to IU Health Methodist Hospital on Thursday, Aug. 30 to continue treatment in his home of Indianapolis. He will soon undergo further surgery on his lower extremities. Wickens had been in the care of Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest since…

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Statement on the Driver of the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda

PORTLAND, Oregon (Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018) – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has announced that the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda has been entered for the final two races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. While Robert Wickens continues to recover from his injuries following an incident at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 19, Carlos Muñoz will compete…

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Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park

James Hinchcliffe No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “Pretty disappointing day obviously. We just didn’t have the pace in the fuel save mode and had to have been in a fuel save strategy twice which kinda puts in you the worst of both worlds. It was a tough day for us and not the…

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Medical Update on Robert Wickens from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, August 25

ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania (Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018) – For the first time following his Aug. 19 incident at Pocono Raceway, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens is breathing without medical assistance and speaking with his family. Robert’s family and the entire SPM organization are very pleased to share this information and wish everyone a safe race tonight in…

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Statement on 2018 Bommarito Automotive Group 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018) – James Hinchcliffe, driver of the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, who has been cleared to drive following an accident at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 19, will compete in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend. The No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM…

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Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

James Hinchcliffe
No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“It was a pretty disappointing day for us. We had to roll the dice on strategy a little bit given where we were starting. Unfortunately it just didn’t play out for us. We had a rough day in pit lane which didn’t help; it lost us some track position that cost us a ton of time behind [Zach] Veach in the second stint. From then on, we were just doing damage control. It’s unfortunate. We had to take a bit of a risk starting 10th, and today just didn’t play out. The Arrow Electronics crew will regroup, pull a tear-off on this one and go for it in Pocono.”

Robert Wickens
No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“We stuck to our guns, and I thought our strategy worked well. The problem is, on my third stint, I just got stuck in a whole gaggle of cars. Unfortunately, they were on reds [Firestone alternate tires] and I was on black [primary tires], and I couldn’t make it through and just lost loads of time. I was probably losing about a second a lap for a good 10 – 15 laps. It’s unfortunate. Nevertheless, the Lucas Oil car went from P5 to P2, I can’t complain.”

Jack Harvey
No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Meyer Shank Racing/SPM Honda
“We had a high-risk, high-reward type of strategy. The race summed up our weekend in that at some times we were okay, but then other times we were struggling a lot. Our day was a combination of not being quick and not getting the yellows we needed. The AutoNation SiriusXM team has been working hard, and I think that only doing a few races this year is a challenge, but we are making the best of it and I know we will make progress in Portland.”

Honda Indy Toronto Race Reports

James Hinchcliffe No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “Our start didn’t go great, and obviously we were battling for position with Robbie [Wickens] there and got shuffled back behind Marco [Andretti]. That really was kind of the start of the end of a great result for us because we had pace, we just couldn’t…

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