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2019 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

James Hinchcliffe 
No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“It’s not the finish we wanted… the Arrow car honestly had more pace than that. The first stint we were stuck behind Graham [Rahal], and we weren’t able to make up spots in that. About two-thirds of the way in the race, a banner started to come off in Turn 3, and unfortunately a part of it wrapped around our front wing. These cars are so aero-sensitive that we lost a ton of downforce and unfortunately, we got behind [Max] Chilton and he had no respect for lead lap cars… With the banner on the wing, I don’t know if we would’ve made much more positions than that so we will take it.

“I think we’ve shown our competitiveness. We obviously didn’t get where we needed in qualifying because of an issue we found after the fact. Our race pace was stronger than the end results, so we just have to go to Austin and execute every single day and every single lap of every session and hopefully we will be at the front.”

 

Marcus Ericsson
No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“It was a great race up until the end. We started quite far back, farther back than what we think we should’ve started. It was going well and we were well inside the top 10 when we had the problem. Looking at what’s happening now, we were definitely going for a top eight in the Arrow car. It was just a shame because it was a really great race up until then.”

 

Jack Harvey
No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM Honda

“As a whole it’s been a really successful weekend. We had our best finishing position and our best qualifying position. Naturally when you qualify well, the hope is that it will transfer into the race. We can’t say it didn’t because we got our best race finish, but we definitely lacked some pace. The AutoNation/SiriusXM guys did a great job this weekend, we qualified seventh and finished 10th. We said prior to the season that we wanted to qualify in the top 12 and finish in the top 10, so by our own standards that was a great race.”

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