Indianapolis, IN – May 13, 2016 – James Hinchcliffe will start fourth for Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Canadian fan favorite earned his season-best start by advancing through both rounds of qualifying on Friday afternoon and completing a lap of 1:09.2260 in the Firestone Fast Six.
“I’m really happy with the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car,” said Hinchcliffe. “You saw how close the times were in practice. Missing by a fraction of a second makes such a difference so credit to everyone in the Firestone Fast Six – it was just the guys who nailed the lap. It’s so easy to make a mistake at this place and there are so many very inviting corners to just overdo it a little bit, but it’s such a dream to drive this thing on a brand new set of sticker reds, for that one lap anyway.
“The projected race weather is definitely going to affect tire grip, degradation and things like that, so going into the race will be a little bit of guesswork about tire strategy and even setup. I’m confident in my team and excited to see what unfolds tomorrow.”
Teammate Mikhail Aleshin was fifth in his group of 12 for the first round of qualifying and advanced to the second round, where he earned his eleventh-place spot on the starting grid.
“I think the team did a good job putting the No. 7 DOOM and SMP Racing car into the second round of qualifying. It was progress for us and P11 is a good place to start from. It’s going to be a long race and I’m confident that we can score some good points.”
After IndyCar qualifying, the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Series completed the first of two races on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course.
Santiago Urrutia earned a second-place podium finish after starting third. Teammates RC Enerson, Scott Anderson and Andre Negrao finished eighth, tenth and twelfth, respectively.
The Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Series will compete again on Saturday at 1:25 p.m. ET, prior to the Verizon IndyCar Series being on track. The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be broadcast live on ABC from 3:30-6 p.m. ET. Tickets are still available at www.IMS.com.