James Hinchcliffe With Strong Weekend at Road America

Plymouth, WI – There wasn’t a more vocal advocate for the Verizon IndyCar Series returning to Road America than James Hinchcliffe. The popular Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports driver was a proud driver when the series finally announced in 2015 that they’d be returning to the 4.014-mile Elkhart Lake circuit for the 2016 season. His love for the track is genuine. Plus, it was the place where he first got back behind the wheel of his No. 5 Honda after a scary practice crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that nearly killed him. 

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Lap 151 Melee Takes Out Several Cars in Rainguard 600

Fort Worth, TX – For much of Saturday night’s Rainguard 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway, it was a thrilling lap-by-lap, side-by-side battle. Unfortunately, there were some crashes too. None bigger than the lap 151 melee that took out eight cars. It all started entering Turn 3 when Mikhail Aleshin made it three-wide between himself his teammate James Hinchcliffe and Tony Kanaan. Contact between Hinch and Kanaan sent Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Honda spinning in front of the field making contact with Ed Jones as a result. He’d take a hard angle…

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Dale Coyne Not Happy After Both Drivers Involved In Lap 151 Melee, Ganassi Blames Hinchcliffe

Fort Worth, TX – The Lap 151 melee sparked a new definition of “Indy Rivals.” James Hinchcliffe, Mikhail Aleshin and Tony Kanaan went three-wide down the backstretch of the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway and unfortunately, only one of them came out unscathed. Kanaan and Hinchcliffe made contact with one another causing an eight car melee behind. Fortunately, everyone was okay, but tempers were hot after.

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Offseason Changes Made to Texas Gives IndyCar Drivers Sense of Uncertainty Heading Into This Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS – In the offseason, Texas Motor Speedway officials made some major changes to the 1.5-mile track. First off, they repaved the entire 1.5-mile track. Then, they added a new drainage system so the issues we had with track drying efforts there last year won’t happen again. In addition to the repaving and drainage system, they also did a full re-profiling in Turns 1 and 2 to give the venue a more unique layout from its currently symmetrical 24-degree banking in all four turns. While Turns 3 and 4 will remain unchanged,…

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Takuma Sato Wins the Pole in Record Fashion for Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race No. 2

Belle Isle, MI – For the second straight day, the track record on the streets of Belle Isle was broken. Yesterday, it was Graham Rahal breaking the record, today it was Takuma Sato. The Indy 500 champion turned a lap of 1:13.6732-seconds in his No. 26 Honda on his final lap of the qualifying session around the 2.35-mile Belle Isle street circuit, earning his sixth career Verizon IndyCar Series pole as a result. The last time Sato was on the pole was three years ago in this very spot, as he…

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James Hinchcliffe Spins on 1st Lap, Ends Up on Podium, Aleshin Finishes 6th

Belle Isle, MI – At the start of Saturday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, it looked like it would be a long day for Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports. James Hinchcliffe spun in Turn 2 on the opening lap of the 2.35-mile street circuit, and he was now forced to go off strategy. Little did he know then, it would work. Hinchcliffe, ran a few laps to catch the back of the field, and that was enough to honor his first commitment on the Firestone Alternate tires. He’d pit for the primaries, as did his…

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Parity Rings King, Graham Rahal Becomes 7th Different Winner in As Many Races

Belle Isle, MI – There’s been 20 full-time drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series this season, seven of them have now won. That’s 35-percent of the field. Graham Rahal had about as good as a weekend that anyone could, he was first and second respectively in practice on Friday, earned the pole this morning, then led 54 of the 70 laps this afternoon en route to his fifth career Verizon IndyCar series victory. 

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