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IndyCar’s James Hinchcliffe: No beefs as we head for Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Howdy y’all. James here, writing to you from the Lone Star State. Cowboy country. Of course, I’m not in town for just any ol’ rodeo. No, I’ll be mounting up for the third oval race on the Verizon IndyCar series schedule—the Firestone 600, which you can catch on Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN. Frankly, I can’t wait to get back in the saddle—especially after the rough ride our Schmidt Peterson team had last weekend in Detroit.

Let’s say this off the bat: Having to race a double-header right after the Indianapolis 500, our biggest race of the season, is a big ask. It’s hard on everybody—the crews, the officials, the safety teams. It’s hard on the drivers. For me, there was an added degree of difficulty because I obviously missed the race last year. There were some updates to the track that I had to familiarize myself with.

My Schmidt Peterson crew? They did another great job prepping our No. 5 Arrow machine for last Saturday’s race. We were top five in the first practice and felt pretty good rolling into qualifying—where we eventually settled onto the outside of Row 2, in fourth position.

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