Lack Of Test Session Hurt Hinchcliffe In 1st Practice, Having 2 Other Teammates, Hard Work Paid Off On Friday Though

SONOMA, Calif – The two Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions around the Sonoma Raceway on Friday were a tale of two opposite rounds for James Hinchcliffe. The first 45 minute practice was as difficult as it could have been. Hinchcliffe, was chasing his No. 5 Honda all over the 2.385-mile northern California road course. On the speed charts, he was P15 with a top lap of 1:18.775-seconds. But, in session No. 2, the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver improved 10 spots on the speed charts and gained a half of a second. 

Read More

Hinchcliffe Cleared To Race Saturday In Gateway, SPM Won’t Enter Wickens’ No. 6 Honda

INDIANAPOLIS – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will be showing up to this weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (8 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) at the Gateway Motorsports Park with just one car as the organization announced on Tuesday that they won’t be entering Robert Wickens’ No. 6 Honda. Wickens, was severely injured in a horrific crash on Lap 6 of last Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at the Pocono Raceway. The rookie driver underwent successful surgery on Monday night on his spine as doctors are still working on that area of his body to…

Read More

Hinchcliffe Loses Potential Pole Run While Teammate Makes Fast 6 As A Result

LEXINGTON, OH – James Hinchcliffe was well on his way to a Firestone Fast Six appearance on Saturday afternoon. With just one minute to go in the second of three rounds in the Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying session at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Hinchcliffe was fastest among the 12 in that round. Unfortunately, he made a mistake and got off course in the closing seconds. As a result, he’d lose his fastest two laps and go from a guaranteed top six starting spot for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 (3 p.m.…

Read More

“Momentum” The Big Word From SPM For This Weekend In Mid-Ohio

When talking to NASCAR drivers a few weeks ago at the Kentucky Speedway, “momentum” was the word most used by them. They said it’s a real thing in this sport, one that can make or break seasons. Momentum at one hand is hard to get in a rhythm sport, but it’s achieved, it’s also hard to keep once you find it. For Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, they have it. Heading into Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 (3 p.m. ET/CNBC/INDYCAR Radio Network) they want to do anything in their power to keep it. 

Read More

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Canadian Duo Heads Home For Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

There’s no question, the Canadian race fans are some of the most passionate motorsports fans in the world. Even if the Verizon IndyCar Series races north of the border and they don’t have any Canadian drivers in it, the home fans still show out. But, what if not one, but two drivers that hail from Canada enter this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) and what if both are on the same team? Also, what if both are from Toronto too? SPM has been closely followed this…

Read More

Hinchcliffe Passes Newgarden With 44 Laps Left To Win Bizarre Iowa Corn 300

I wrote earlier in the week that we shouldn’t take the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports duo lightly for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300. Just look what they’ve done in the previous ovals in 2018. James Hinchcliffe started fifth, led 20 laps and finished sixth back at the ISM Raceway in April. In Texas, he charged from his 15th starting spot to bring his No. 5 Honda home fourth. He did it again on Sunday. Hinchcliffe, started 11th but by Lap 20, he was battling for positions inside the top five. What about…

Read More

SPM Duo Looking For Another Solid Iowa Corn 300 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) Run

I don’t think anyone is giving Schmidt Peterson Motorsports enough credit for just how good that they’ve been on ovals this season. Yes, James Hinchcliffe missed out on the Indianapolis 500 in May, but look at what he’s done on the other two ovals in 2018. Hinch, started fifth and finished sixth back in April at Phoenix. He also led 20 laps that night. In Texas, he charged from his 15th starting spot to bring his No. 5 Honda home fourth. What about his rookie teammate Robert Wickens? The Canadian…

Read More

Don’t Count Out SPM Duo For Sunday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network)

BELLE ISLE, MI – Despite neither Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver finishing in the top five of Saturday’s first dual of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix race weekend, don’t count out both of their drivers to let that happen again on Sunday. First off, they have Honda power, the same Honda power that took finishing positions 1-6 in Saturday’s 70 Lap race. After having 1-8 in the first practice of the race weekend on Friday and five of the top six in final practice, it’s a sure bet that the Honda teams…

Read More

“I Don’t Think Anyone Is Looking As Forward To Getting To Detroit As I Am” Says An Eager Hinchcliffe

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…

Read More

Hinchcliffe Confirms They’re No Longer Pursuing Indy 500 Ride

INDIANAPOLIS – Barring any major disaster over the next three days Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hincchliffe won’t be racing in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Hinchcliffe, took to social media on Wednesday afternoon to make the statement that he and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports are going to stop pursuing any other opportunities that would put the popular Canadian driver into the show on May 27. See, Hinchcliffe was a victim of bad timing and bad luck on Saturday afternoon. His first qualifying run came…

Read More