Schmidt’s No. 5 car: Hinch gives command, Briscoe stars, and Daly back in Toronto

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The No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda was in the news for all the right reasons Saturday night in the Firestone 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway.

It started with a surprise, and welcome, command to start engines from James Hinchcliffe. See the video and screen cap below from @Indy44 on Twitter.

Then Ryan Briscoe, Hinchcliffe’s fill-in driver for Texas, delivered a dynamic drive. From 19th on the grid, Briscoe got as high as fourth, and eventually ended eighth. It followed off from his impressive 31st to 12th drive in the Indianapolis 500.

“It was a really good effort,” Briscoe said in a team release. “I was pleased to be able to move our way through the field and it was a lot of fun. I had a really good car and I’m really proud of the effort by the whole Arrow Electronics team, their pit stops are impressive. We were constantly talking throughout the race to make improvements on the balance and we had to work with it a lot but I was really happy.

“I’m not sure what happened at the end, I was hoping for a top five finish but I think the strategy kind of played out a little bit differently. We dropped a couple of spots right at the end but it was a great effort.”

With Briscoe then off to Le Mans immediately after the race to be back with Corvette Racing – he has a chance to partner with Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia and complete a hat trick of wins in Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans in class – Conor Daly will then be back in the team’s No. 5 car at Toronto next weekend.

Either or both of Briscoe and Daly will be in the car for the foreseeable future, starting at Fontana on June 27.

Barber IndyCar iRacing results

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Scott McLaughlin led the final six laps Saturday and finished 0.4241 seconds ahead of teammate Will Power to win the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

Scott Speed finished third behind the Team Penske drivers. Alex Palou and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top five.

Click here for the full boxscore from Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing event at Barber Motorsports Park.

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin holds off teammate Will Power

WHAT DRIVERS SAID: Postrace reactions on social media

Other notable finishers:

Colton Herta (seventh), Robert Wickens (eighth), Jimmie Johnson (12th), Graham Rahal (14th), Alexander Rossi (22nd).

Sage Karam led a race-high 24 laps but retired from the 45-lap event because of a crash and finished 27th of 29 drivers.