SPM Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: POCONO

Race Fast Facts

  • Verizon IndyCar Series drivers: James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 Arrow Electronics), Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7 SMP Racing)
  • Event title: ABC Supply Co. 500
  • Location: Pocono Raceway
  • Track: 2.5-mile tri-oval in Long Pond, PA
  • Race distance: 200 laps, 500 miles
  • 2016 event counter: The ABC Supply Co. 500 is the 13th race (of 16) for the Verizon IndyCar Series

Verizon IndyCar Series Track Activity

  • Practice sessions: Saturday, August 20 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. ET and 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Qualifications: Saturday, August 20 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. ET
  • Race: Sunday, August 21 with pre-race activities beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET and an estimated green flag at 3:09 p.m.

Broadcast Information

  • TV race broadcast (USA): NBC Sports Network (USA), SportsNet 360 (Canada)
  • Race broadcast (radio): IMS Radio Network, XM 209 and Sirius 212

IndyCar Quotes:

James Hinchcliffe (No. 5)

“After the test at Pocono Raceway last week, I’m feeling pretty good heading into this weekend. Obviously we’ve been pretty good in speedway trim this year with the Pole at Indy and the lead we’re still holding at Texas! Hopefully that form carries over in the Arrow Electronics car here as well. A lot can happen in 500 miles but we’re going to do our best as we aim to be running up front at the end.”

Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7)

“Pocono Raceway is not called the ‘tricky triangle’ for nothing. It’s a good example of how different one oval can be from another in racing. All three turns are different from each other and they all need a particular approach. I like the track a lot and have one of my best oval results there in 2014. This year we’re definitely expecting more in the SMP Racing car, so I’m excited to get on track.”

Team Social Media


Twitter: @SPMindycar

Instagram: @SPMindycar

Facebook: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

SnapChat: @SPMindycar

Periscope: @SPMindycar

Driver Social Media

James Hinchcliffe

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Twitter – @hinchtown & @HinchOnTrack

Facebook – Hinchtown

Instagram – @hinchtown

Mikhail Aleshin

Twitter – @MikhailAleshin

Facebook – Mikhail Aleshin

Santiago Urrutia

Website –

Twitter – @Santi_Urrutia

Facebook – Santiago Urrutia Oficial

Andre Negrao

Website –

Twitter – @NegraoAndre

Facebook – Andre.Negrao

Instagram – @anegrao

Scott Anderson

Website –

Twitter – @ScottDKAnderson

Facebook – Official Scott Anderson Racing

Instagram – @scanders01

Heamin Choi

Website –

Twitter – @HeaminChoi

Instagram – @HeaminChoi

Facebook – HeaminChoi

Fan Opportunities

  • Verizon IndyCar Series autograph session with James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin: Sunday, August 21 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. ET in the IndyCar Fan Village.
  • Support Sam Schmidt’s foundation, Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN), by purchasing a ticket to the “IndyCar Race Experience” this weekend in Pocono! Your generosity helps CPN realize its mission of curing spinal cord injury and improving the lives of those living with paralysis. This unique opportunity helps CPN fund scientific grants to find a cure for paralysis for millions of people throughout the world. Fans can get more information about the event at

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