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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Recap

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James Hinchcliffe
No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“Honestly a pretty disappointing result. We started on the inside of Row 2, got a good start and slipped into second… Did well on the restart and led pretty much the entire first stint. We had a bit of a tire advantage – we started on the sticker Firestone reds, other guys were on used tires – but from there everything kind of unraveled. The yellow caught us off guard; a bunch of the guys behind us had already pitted, so that kind of put us behind the eight ball. As the race went on, the track wasn’t coming to us as it normally does, so unfortunately it all kind of went wrong for us after the start. A lot to be happy for, a lot of positives though like the pace of the Arrow Electronics Honda. There’s not a whole lot you can do about the way the yellow flags fall – that was a tough break. I think we would have had a solid top five if it wasn’t for that, and that’s something we can build off of heading into Long Beach.”

Mikhail Aleshin
No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“We had an okay start and were in the top 10, but then someone crashed into my rear and broke my rear wing. We had to come back to the pits and lose all of those positions and work our way back up from the back. Then we had an accident with Tony Kanaan in Turn 4, which was a racing incident, and that took us out of the top 10. It’s a bit disappointing for me because I was thinking we definitely had a top-10 car. We’ll just need to go back and analyze everything and work towards Long Beach.”

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