Madison, Ill- Chevrolet, most notably Team Penske, are obviously the ones to beat for Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). Penske went 1-2-3-4 and 1-3-4-13 in practice.
They qualified 1-2-3-4 too.
But, if a Honda driver is going to make some noise, don’t sleep on Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe. The driver of the No. 5 Honda qualified his car fifth at the Gateway Motorsports Park.
He was also 10th in final practice too.
That has the popular Canadian driver with a ton of confidence going into Saturday night’s race at the 1.25-mile oval.
“The Arrow car feels really good – huge credit to the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports guys for finding some extra speed,” Hinchcliffe said after qualifying. “We didn’t get the cleanest qualifying sims in practice, so we knew there was more in the tank. I wish we had gotten one of them in because knowing what I know now, if we had that in practice, we could have maybe snuck a little bit more out of it. That was certainly a solid run for us, and we’re starting in front of some good Hondas, so hopefully we can stay in the sharp end of it and have a good race tomorrow.”
Hinchcliffe, finished 12th at Phoenix and 10th at Iowa earlier this season. Now, he appears to be a front runner this weekend.