SPM Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: SONOMA

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Race Fast Facts

  • Verizon IndyCar Series drivers: James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 Arrow Electronics), Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7 SMP Racing)
  • Event title: GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
  • Location: Sonoma Raceway
  • Track: A 12-turn, 2.385-mile, natural-terrain road course
  • Race distance: 85 laps
  • 2016 event counter: The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma is the 16th race (of 16) for the Verizon IndyCar Series

Verizon IndyCar Series Track Activity

Practice sessions: Friday, September 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. PT and 2:45-4:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 17 from 11:00-11:45 a.m. PT

Qualifications: Saturday, September 17 from 3:05-4:20 p.m. PT

Race: Sunday, September 18 with pre-race activities beginning at approximately 3:00 p.m. PT and an estimated green flag at 3:50 p.m.

Broadcast Information

TV race broadcast (USA): NBC Sports Network (USA), SportsNet 360 (Canada)

Race broadcast (radio): IMS Radio Network, XM 209 and Sirius 212

IndyCar Quotes:

James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 Arrow Electronics)

“Obviously, I’m sad that the 2016 season is coming to an end, but there’s no better place to do that than Sonoma Raceway. The test last week was not as smooth as we would’ve liked, but that has happened a few times this year and each time, we came back for the race much stronger. I’ve got full confidence in my Arrow Electronics team to come back strong and finish the season on a high.”

Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7 SMP Racing)

“It’s going to be great to be back at Sonoma Raceway because I really enjoy that track. I have a lot of good memories from races I’ve done there and I’ll do my best to have another good finish for the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale. The SPM team has had some good momentum in the second half of the season so I hope we can put the No. 7 SMP Racing car up front to finish where we deserve to be.”

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, September 17 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. PT in the IndyCar Fan Village.
  • Arrow Electronics Tweetup with James Hinchcliffe: Saturday, September 17 from 2:00-2:30 p.m. PT in the Firestone Tent.

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