Hinchcliffe going solo for SPM at Gateway

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Hinchcliffe going solo for SPM at Gateway


Hinchcliffe going solo for SPM at Gateway


James Hinchcliffe will buckle into a rebuilt No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda as a solo entry for this weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 300 Verizon IndyCar Series race.

The No. 6 SPM Honda, normally driven by his injured teammate Robert Wickens, will not be entered in the event.

The decision by the Sam Schmidt- and Ric Peterson-owned team was expected after Wickens’ car was destroyed in Sunday’s crash at Pocono that left the Canadian rookie with numerous injuries. With time required to repair Hinchcliffe’s car, which was also involved in the five-car pileup, and a short turnaround before practice begins later this week at Gateway, building a brand-new No. 6 Honda car for a stand-in driver was highly unlikely.

SPM has not announced whether the No. 6 entry will return for the remaining races at Portland and Sonoma.