JAMES HINCHCLIFFE SCORES FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS BEST FINISH IN MID-OHIO WITH SAM SCHMIDT LEXINGTON, Ohio -- On a hot and humid Sunday morning, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was host to an eventful day for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in the Firestone...
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE SCORES FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS BEST FINISH IN MID-OHIO WITH SAM SCHMIDT
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- On a hot and humid Sunday morning, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was host to an eventful day for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in the Firestone Indy Lights race where James Hinchcliffe finished second, Gustavo Yacaman 10th, Ana Beatriz 12th, and Wade Cunningham 14th.
Hinchcliffe's second-place result is the Firestone Indy Lights rookie's best finish of the year. Starting from second, he spent the entire race behind eventual winner James Davison. Though he pressured him and mounted a charge in the early and middle stages of the race, he was never able close enough to make a passing attempt.
Cunningham, who started seventh, was challenging Mario Romancini for sixth spot on Lap 18, but the two made contact entering Turn 4, ruining both their races. Cunningham would continue on in the race in 14th spot and finish the 40-lap race in that position.
Yacaman and Beatriz started in 13th and 14th, respectively, and found that passing would prove to be difficult on the 2.258-mile circuit. Opportunities to move up necessitated mistakes by those in front, and when they happened, they took advantage, but in the end, had to settle with what the conditions gave them.
For those that missed the live video feed on firestoneindylights.com, the television broadcast of the Mid-Ohio 100 airs on Monday, August 10, at 4 p.m. EDT on VERSUS.
The next event for Sam Schmidt Motorsports will be at the Infineon Raceway on August 23rd.
DRIVER NOTES & QUOTES
#7 HINCHTOWN.com/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Driver James Hinchcliffe
"I really thought we got beat yesterday with the way those yellows fell in qualifying, giving James (Davison) the pole there, because I really think we had a shot at it. It's just so tough to pass here. I think we took a couple laps longer to get up to speed, but once we did, the first half of race we were right on his gearbox. I was kind of hoping to get him to a mistake, but I must of used up too much of my tires running around in the dirty air there, so we sort of lost pace there at the end. I was doing 14.7 after 14.7 after 14.7 but there was nothing I could do to make it go any quicker. Still a great day; we finally broke the third place streak we had going and make it one step higher. Now we've got one to go. Three races to do it; one more step to go."
#11 LUCAS OIL/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Driver Wade Cunningham
"Our race result was disappointing for us. We were pretty competitive all weekend, and I think we had a good shot at getting a top-five today. We had contact with Mario Romancini at the end of the back straight. I got a run on him, went to his inside, and I thought I was far enough along, but he started coming down on me entering the corner, and I ran into the grass to try and avoid him, but there was nothing I can do. Once we fell back, that was it. This track was difficult for passing. On the bright side, we still finished ahead of Saavedra and gained some points on second place, but we still have a lot of work to do if we're going to accomplish that goal. Let's see what happens in the next three rounds."
#20 HEALTHY CHOICE/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Driver Ana Beatriz
"Unfortunately, this was a tough weekend for the Healthy Choice/Sam Schmidt team. At this track, it's so difficult to pass. Having our bad luck in qualifying put us behind for the race, and there was very little I can do. It's a shame because we should have had a better weekend. All we can do is step away from this weekend and prepare for the next race and look for a better result in Sonoma. We have three races left this year so let's see if we can put up three good races and maybe another win together."
#44 CREPES & WAFFLES/TUVACOL/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Driver Gustavo Yacaman
"Well, we improved some positions in the race, but not nearly as many as I was expecting. It was a frustrating day for me. I did what I could, but the result wasn't there for us. Let's put this weekend behind us and focus on doing well at Infineon."