SPM Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: WATKINS GLEN

Race Fast Facts

  • Verizon IndyCar Series drivers: James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 Arrow Electronics), Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7 SMP Racing); Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers: Andre Negrao (No. 17), Santiago Urrutia (No. 55 Mazda)
  • Event title: INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen
  • Location: Watkins Glen International
  • Track: A 3.4-mile, 11-turn, natural-terrain road course
  • 2016 event counter: The INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen is the 15th race (of 16) for the Verizon IndyCar Series and the 16th race (of 18) for the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Series

Verizon IndyCar Series Track Activity

  • Practice sessions: Friday, September 2 from 11:00-11:45 a.m. ET and 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 3 from 11:00-11:45 a.m. ET
  • Qualifications: Saturday, September 3 from 3:00-4:15 p.m. ET
  • Race: Sunday, September 4 with pre-race activities beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. ET and an estimated green flag at 2:37 p.m.

Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Track Activity

  • Practice sessions: Friday, September 2 from 10:00-10:45 a.m. ET and 2:30-3:15 p.m.
  • Qualifying: Saturday, September 3 from 10:00-10:45 a.m. ET
  • Race: Saturday, September 3 from 1:35-2:45 p.m. ET

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)

“The test at Watkins Glen really opened our eyes to how fast that place is now with the repave. It’s going to a really fast race. Qualifying will be about who takes the most risks and the show will be incredible. I love fast, natural road courses and this one will be great. Hopefully we can carry the momentum that the SPM team has had for the last three races and come away with a solid finish for the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car.”

Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7)

“Watkins Glen is a great track with many technical turns. This will be my first race there and I can’t wait to get on track because I’ve heard such good things about it. The SPM team has made great progress during the season and we’ve really picked up momentum at Mid-Ohio, Pocono and Texas. Now we’re ready to go to the top step of the podium!”

Indy Lights Quotes:

Santiago Urrutia (No. 55)

“Watkins Glen is going to be a really important weekend for us, especially for the championship. It’s one of the last three races of the season for us. Every race is going to feel like the final one of the season because the championship points are so close. We’re definitely going to fight to win and if we don’t win, or be on the podium at least so that we can take the maximum points and bring it on to Laguna Seca. Right now we have a 16-point lead so we have to make it a really good weekend to carry that advantage to the season finale weekend.”

Andre Negrao (No. 17)

“After a long break, I am really looking forward to this race at Watkins Glen, and I’m ready to push as hard as possible to get a good result and points toward the championship. I’ve been training very hard in Brazil this month so I feel very prepared for the last two race weekends of the season.”

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

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Twitter – @Santi_Urrutia

Facebook – Santiago Urrutia Oficial

Andre Negrao

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Twitter – @NegraoAndre

Facebook – Andre.Negrao

Instagram – @anegrao

Scott Anderson

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Twitter – @ScottDKAnderson

Facebook – Official Scott Anderson Racing

Instagram – @scanders01

Heamin Choi

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Twitter – @HeaminChoi

Instagram – @HeaminChoi

Facebook – HeaminChoi

Fan Opportunities

  • Verizon IndyCar Series autograph session with James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin: Saturday, September 3 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET in the IndyCar Fan Village.
  • Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires autograph session with Andre Negrao and Santiago Urrutia: Friday, September 2 from 11:45-12:15 p.m. ET in the IndyCar Fan Village.

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