FORT WORTH, TX – James Hinchcliffe knew that despite not having the speed in his No. 5 Honda like his teammate Robert Wickens had that he just had to be patient and work his way through the field for Saturday night’s DXC Technology 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway. See, Wickens led the way in practice on Friday afternoon and qualified his No. 6 Honda fourth. Hinchcliffe, would start the race 15th.
While Wickens was fast and even led 31 laps in the 248 Lap race, so was his Canadian teammate. Hinchcliffe, charged hard and used a great first pit sequence to stretch his fuel among the longest of all the drivers and make up a ton of positions as a result of that.
Unfortunately, he had a problem on that stop which caused him to lose some valuable spots that he made up. To tell you how good of a car he really had, he passed them all again and would settle for a fourth place finish on Saturday night.
“We were making progress on that first stint – we were one of the last cars to pit,” said Hinchcliffe. “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.”
Hinchcliffe, passed 36 cars overall on the 1.5-mile track. Only Alexander Rossi passed more.