SPM Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: MID-OHIO

Race Fast Facts

  • Verizon IndyCar Series drivers: James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 Arrow Electronics), Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7 SMP Racing); Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers: Andre Negrao (No. 17), Santiago Urrutia (No. 55 Mazda)
  • Event title: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
  • Location: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Track: A 2.258-mile, 13-turn, natural-terrain road course in Lexington, Ohio
  • 2016 event counter: The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is the 12th race (of 16) for the Verizon IndyCar Series and the 14th and 15th races (of 18) for the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Series

Verizon IndyCar Series Track Activity

  • Practice sessions: Friday, July 29 from 10:00-11:15 a.m. ET and 2:00-3:15 p.m.; Saturday, July 30 from 9:45-10:30 a.m.
  • Qualifications: Saturday, July 30 from 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET
  • Race: Sunday, July 31 with pre-race activities beginning at approximately 1:45 p.m. ET and an estimated green flag at 2:45 p.m.

Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Track Activity

  • Practice sessions: Friday, July 29 from 9:15-9:45 a.m. ET and 3:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Qualifying: Saturday, July 30 from 7:50-8:20 a.m. ET
  • Race 1: Saturday, July 30 from 3:30-4:20 p.m. ET
  • Race 2: Sunday, July 31 from 12:20-1:25 p.m. ET

Broadcast Information

  • TV race broadcast (USA): CNBC (USA), SportsNet 360 (Canada)
  • Race broadcast (radio): IMS Radio Network, XM 209 and Sirius 212

IndyCar Quotes:

James Hinchcliffe (No. 5)

“Mid-Ohio is one of the best races all year. The track is incredible for us as drivers, but I love the vibe there for fans as well. It’s got that big camping culture, all natural seating around the place, it’s just a cool setup. As far as races I’d like to attend as a fan one day, this one is up there. I was on the podium last time I raced there so I’m hoping to get the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car up front again!”

Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7)

“Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is one of the nicest tracks I’ve been to. It has a great configuration with lots of very technical sectors, lots of fun elevations and great fans. As a team, we’ve been improving all season in the No. 7 SMP Racing car and especially the last two races, so we’re looking to keep that positive momentum going into the next weekend.”

Indy Lights Quotes:

Santiago Urrutia (No. 55)

“I’m ready for Mid-Ohio. It’s one of my favorite circuits. I won there last year in Pro Mazda and we were pretty good when we tested there in the pre-season. We were the quickest car in the morning and the second-quickest in the afternoon. I’m confident that we can win and keep pushing for the championship. We’re second right now but we need to get some wins if we want to come out on top.”

Andre Negrao (No. 17)

“For the Mid-Ohio event, I’m really prepared and aiming for the podium to earn some good points for the championship. We had a great result in Toronto. The car improved a lot in the last few races and I think we can win this weekend.”

Team Social Media

Twitter: @SPMindycar

Instagram: @SPMindycar

Facebook: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

SnapChat: @SPMindycar

Periscope: @SPMindycar

Driver Social Media

James Hinchcliffe

Website –

Twitter – @hinchtown & @HinchOnTrack

Facebook – Hinchtown

Instagram – @hinchtown

Mikhail Aleshin

Twitter – @MikhailAleshin

Facebook – Mikhail Aleshin

Santiago Urrutia

Website –

Twitter – @Santi_Urrutia

Facebook – Santiago Urrutia Oficial

Andre Negrao

Website –

Twitter – @NegraoAndre

Facebook – Andre.Negrao

Instagram – @anegrao

Scott Anderson

Website –

Twitter – @ScottDKAnderson

Facebook – Official Scott Anderson Racing

Instagram – @scanders01

Heamin Choi

Website –

Twitter – @HeaminChoi

Instagram – @HeaminChoi

Facebook – HeaminChoi

Fan Opportunities

  • Verizon IndyCar Series autograph session with James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin: Saturday, July 30 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET in the IndyCar Fan Village.
  • Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires autograph session with Andre Negrao and Santiago Urrutia: Sunday, July 31 from 10:30-11:00 a.m. ET in the IndyCar Fan Village.

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