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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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Kohler Grand Prix at Road America

James Hinchcliffe
No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

“Eventful day for us. We kind of got snuck around on the start with [Will] Power having his problems; I was at the wrong place at the wrong time and lost a few spots. Ultimately we had really good pace in our first stint. We were taking care of the Firestones really well, and were able to make up positions as we cycled through. We had a problem with fuel on the first stop, which cost us a ton of time, and without a caution flag to kind of reset the field, it was a really, really tough race driving back through the field. We were great on the reds [Firestone alternate tires], and stops after the first one were flawless. To drive back up to a top 10 from where we were, really proud of the Arrow Electronics boys today. We would have liked a little bit better than 10th – I think we had a better car than that, but given the circumstances, it was a good day.”

Robert Wickens
No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

“It was a tough one for us today. We had a great start… I think something happened to Will [Power] so we moved up there. I made a move on [Alexander] Rossi in Turn 5, and suddenly I was P3. I thought it was all happy days from there, but Alex got back on the inside of me in Turn 6 — I gave him space, he pushed me off, and I fell back to sixth. It was kind of a struggle from there. We had a great car, but we didn’t have the track position to make a three-stop strategy work; there was no real flexibility on the strategy side. Everyone was pitting on the same laps, so in terms of trying to do something clever… I did see Scott [Dixon] was able to jump all of us there, so hats off to him, he deserved it. I think all things considered today, fifth place is a decent day. We struggled with a few things, so to come home fifth was good. We wanted the Lucas Oil car to be on the podium, but it wasn’t our day today. If we keep on hammering these top fives, eventually we’ll start having things go our way.”

#DXC600 at Texas Motor Speedway

James Hinchcliffe
No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“We were making progress on that first stint – we were one of the last cars to pit. We made up a good chunk of time, and then we had a problem with the fuel hose that first stop, lost a lot of track position. The No. 5 Arrow Electronics car was really good tonight. We didn’t have the speed we wanted in qualifying, but we’ve always said here that it is probably the least-qualifying sensitive track… We made some great passes on track and managed to make those tires last. That’s what it was about today: making those Firestone tires last. The SPM guys did a great job with that. Happy to rebound from P15. I hope Robbie [Wickens] is alright – sucks to see a team car go out, especially when he was running well like that. Good result for the 5 car.”

 

Robert Wickens
No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“I went to his [Ed Carpenter’s] inside. I don’t know if his spotter didn’t tell him I was there, but he just turned in, and we had contact and went up into the wall. It sucks. We were so strong the whole night. Things were going so smoothly, and we were getting the fuel mileage in the Lucas Oil car. I’m just frustrated. When you’re driving around slower cars, they’re getting blue flags every time at start/finish and they ignore every single one of them… We shouldn’t have been in that situation in the first place, but it just sucks because we had such a good car.”

Detroit Grand Prix: Dual 2

Detroit Grand Prix: Dual 2 James Hinchcliffe No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “A really disappointing day for us. The Arrow Electronics car changed a lot from yesterday which we weren’t expecting… Ultimately our day was dealt a blow when we pitted after a car spun on track thinking it was going to be…

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Detroit Grand Prix: Dual 1

James Hinchcliffe
No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

“That one was on me… pretty disappointing result. We got hosed in qualifying by a slow car – just a wrong place, wrong time sort of thing – so we started behind where we should have. We had kind of committed to an alternate strategy, the three-stopper. Unfortunately on that first stop, I just had a pit lane violation – 100% on me. Very frustrating, because after that, the Arrow Electronics car was really good – we were taking a lot of time out of the guys on the two-stop strategy. Then that yellow sort of closed it up, but the race had gone yellow free for so long, I used a lot of push-to-pass trying to get around guys and get that open track we needed. I was kind of a sitting duck on those restarts, didn’t have much to play with. Really disappointed in myself with the pit lane violation. The SPM guys deserve better, they were great on pit lane as always. The car is quick and we get a chance to try and qualify where we belong tomorrow, and hopefully race up front.”

Robert Wickens
No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports/AFS Racing Honda

“Honestly it was a tough day… I felt that we had a great car. For sure there are some areas we need to work on, but we fell off massively on the reds [Firestone alternate tires] out of nowhere. We had to commit to the three-stop strategy pretty early on and then we lost track position, and it was kind of a battle from there. We were able to climb back up to eighth, but I think we could have gotten the Lucas Oil car up in the top five. The good thing is we have another shot at just that tomorrow.”

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Robert Wickens
No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

“It was an emotional rollercoaster today. I thought we had a great car, but we just couldn’t progress. We would make some moves forward with the strategy, and then we would get a yellow that would put us at the back again. Hats off to the Lucas Oil SPM boys – we had great pitstops all day. Finally at the end we could let loose and pick people off, and we went from 19th to ninth in the last 10 laps. Today was a lot of fun. I’m leaving here feeling like I want more, but a top-10 finish as a rookie in the Indy 500… it’s hard to complain.”

Jay Howard
No. 7 One Cure Schmidt Peterson Motorsports/AFS Racing Honda

“Today started off really well. We were moving forward, overtaking cars, so to be able to move forward felt pretty great. All of a sudden it was like a light switch and the One Cure car, no matter what we did, it just wasn’t very quick. It was a frustrating day for everyone. I just want to thank the CSU and One Cure folks for giving us the opportunity to be here and work with the SPM boys and Honda. The positive out of this is that we brought it home with all four wheels on it. It was a good month for us, and I only wish we could end it on a bit more of a high.”

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

“It’s the Indy 500, the biggest one of the year, so the team didn’t have to apologize to me for going for it! We nearly made the strategy work, but there were a few bits where we just couldn’t hit the numbers. We ran up to the front at the end and went three-wide into Turn One on the last restart. I tried to drive the best race I could, and we finished 16th which is a pretty good day considering where we started. Looking at where we were last year and where we are today, it’s a night and day difference. Thank you to AutoNation, SiriusXM and all of the the supporters and sponsors that we have and to Michael (Shank), Jim (Meyer), Sam (Schmidt) and Ric (Peterson) for believing in me. This is a good program that’s getting off the ground and this is good momentum to keep going.”

Indianapolis 500 Qualifying: Sunday, May 20

Robert Wickens No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “I’m confused by this whole thing… We were able to comfortably do a 228 this morning in the Lucas Oil car, and then we go out for qualifying, and I do a 226 and we didn’t change anything. Maybe we’re not catching the track conditions right…

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Indianapolis 500 Qualifying: Saturday, May 19

James Hinchcliffe
No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

“It’s devastating in every way possible. We got in line there and then we had a tire vibration. I’m not exactly sure what the problem was… Indy is a cruel mistress sometimes. The highest of highs and the lowest of lows, but 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 we win as a team and we lose as a team. It’s crazy to be here after where we were two years ago, but we will put our heads down and we will take a look at it and definitely learn from this experience. It’s a character builder for sure, but yeah, I’m just disappointed. The Arrow Electronics car is fast enough to be in the show, no doubt about it. We’ve got one of the best crews in pit lane — we’ve proved that all year long. It’s just a big blow for sure.”

Robert Wickens
No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

“I think we lost some speed over night which is always frustrating. On Fast Friday we were right in the mid-227s or low-227s, and now we can’t even make it there, so we have some work to do. I don’t think that rain delay could have come at a worse time. We got the Lucas Oil car all hot and ready, did one timed lap and had to stop [for moisture on track]. It rained but it’s not cold outside, so everything is hot and the engine’s not making great power because it’s just hot. We did what we could, but I feel like I didn’t get a fair chance. I know there’s more speed – it’s frustrating because I honestly think we had a shot at the Fast Nine today.”

Jay Howard
No. 7 One Cure Schmidt Peterson Motorsports/AFS Racing Honda

“The objective today was to make sure we got the One Cure car in the field, and we did just that. Thanks to the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports boys, Honda, One Cure — we are pretty proud. It’s pretty special to be here. It’s been so smooth being back with the team with so many familiar faces. I really appreciate the guys’ hard work and I’m really happy to get the car in the show.”

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

“We felt really close to the bubble because of our disappointing first run; I have been sweating it all day. It was tight until the checkered flag dropped. The second run was a much better run than the first. Meyer Shank Racing has done a great job the whole month. What’s been confusing at times is that we don’t know exactly where the speed is, but everyone at Meyer Shank Racing has done a great job at figuring it out for me. We know what we need to do and then we would execute it. The guys are putting the hours in, so we will just keep trying heading into pole day tomorrow.”

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and S.A.F.E. Project US Join Forces

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 17, 2018) –  Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) co-owner Sam Schmidt, alongside retired United States Navy Admiral (ADM) and the former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, James “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr., announced today the partnership between SPM and S.A.F.E. Project US. Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic is a national not-for-profit organization committed to creating awareness, prevention, encouraging learning, providing resources and support for drug addiction and overdoses centered around the current opioid epidemic.

The 21st Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command lost a son to opioid addiction which launched he and his family to begin S.A.F.E. Project US to save other families from the same heartache. S.A.F.E.’s branding will be seen on the No. 5 and No. 6 Hondas driven by James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens, respectively, this Memorial Day weekend.

ADM Winnefeld noted, “S.A.F.E. Project US is honored that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports would allocate valuable visibility on board two of its IndyCar entries for this year’s Indianapolis 500 to highlight the importance of reversing the opioid epidemic that is devastating our country, and particularly this region of the United States. We are proud to be part of this team.”

“S.A.F.E. Project US is a no-brainer for us to get behind,” commented Sam Schmidt, co-owner of SPM. “There is a real crisis happening in the United States because of opioid addiction. If we can help shine a light on this destructive problem and provide a platform for ADM Sandy to help spread awareness, we are all in.”

Qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place this weekend beginning on Saturday, May 19 with the broadcast on ABC at 4:00 p.m. ET. To learn more about S.A.F.E. and how you can help, please visit safeproject.us.

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