No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“Starting side-by-side with [teammate] Marcus [Ericsson], we decided to split the tire strategy. It’s funny – coming into the last stint, we converged almost identically. We didn’t have quite as good pace on the blacks [Firestone primary tires], but the Arrow car felt really good on the reds. Marcus and I pitted, I think, from seventh and eighth almost together near the end with sticker reds [Firestone alternate tires]. There were a couple of guys in front of us with scrubbed reds and they definitely were falling off more than our’s were, so we were looking at a solid top 10, maybe even flirting with a top five today. Which, given where we started, would have been a great result.
“Unfortunately, I got caught up in the incident with Felix [Rosenqvist], and it’s unfortunate, we had a really good battle back and forth, so it shows that Circuit of The Americas can put on a good race… Ultimately a bit of a racing incident in Turn 19; I feel bad for Felix – he was having a good race as well. Proud of the Arrow SPM boys, not the result we wanted, certainly, but from where we started, I think we rebounded nicely. Had we not got caught up in that incident, and Marcus not have a problem in pit lane, I think both cars would have been toward the top of the leaderboard.”
No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“We knew it was going to be a tough job today starting from 16th. We also knew that we were going to have a really strong racecar which we showed in St. Pete. I had a good start, the first stint was good. Then we did our first pit stop to get free air and just got our race going. I have to say again, like in St. Pete, we were flying out there, and we were making all the right moves strategy-wise and driving-wise. I think we were the fastest car out there for much of the race moving up through the field. Everything was going according to plan, every pit stop, everything.
“It was very unfortunate on the last pit stop that we had traffic there on pit lane and had an issue which picked us up a penalty which was extremely frustrating. Because at the last restart, being P5 with good tires, I think a podium was in the cards with the pace that we had. So even fifth, where we were running, would’ve been an amazing result considering where we started the race. I think we have a lot of things that we are very happy and proud of, but of course it’s extremely frustrating that the second weekend in a row we have the pace and the Arrow car to be in the top five, or better, and we got away with almost nothing. We need to sort that out but we have a lot of positives as well. From a personal side, it was one of my best races of my career I think, so I’m very proud of that and I’ll be ready for the next one.”
No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM Honda
“The whole team did a great job to make up all those positions. It was nice to be on the good end of the yellow flag which put us in a competitive position with about 10 laps to go. If you had asked me this morning, I wouldn’t have thought we would have finished 10th. Towards the end I thought we had great pace and I think we showed that we belong in the top 10. For me, I just want to keep getting these types of results. So far it’s two races and two top-10 finishes so I can’t complain.”