Look, out of all the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers heading to the Detroit area this weekend, no one is as happy to get back behind the wheel of a race car than James Hinchcliffe. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver missed qualifying for last weekend’s Indy 500 in dramatic bump day fashion. But, when he could have sulked and played the pity party card, he instead rose up. Hinchcliffe, did his part in helping promote the 102nd Running of the big race despite not actually racing in it.
Now, he’s ready to get back into his No. 5 Honda and prove to everyone that his skills never left. He will also do so with a new engineer.
“I don’t think anyone is looking as forward to getting to Detroit as I am,” Hinchcliffe said ahead of this weekend’s race. “We are obviously pretty keen to put May behind us and look forward to the rest of the championship. We were on the podium here last year and have had decent pace on the street circuits, so fingers crossed we can have a strong weekend in the Arrow Electronics car and get our season back on track.”
Hinchcliffe, entered the ‘500 fifth in points, now he heads to this weekend’s duals in Detroit 10th. Luckily, this is a double points weekend again. No, the races aren’t scored with double points, but there are two races on the line. If he can finish like he did in the Motor City last year, he really can make up some major ground. Plus, he’s right in the sense that street courses have favored him lately.
Hinchcliffe, has four podiums, five top five finishes and seven top 10’s in his last eight starts on street courses. He was fifth in the season opener in St. Pete and ninth in Long Beach. So, he really does have a shot of making the ultimate story of missing the race last week to winning a race or two this week.