WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- James Hinchcliffe set the fastest time of the afternoon practice session at the Milwaukee Mile on Lap 4 at 165.677 mph (22.0549 seconds), but jeopardized his participation in single-car qualifications 2 hours, 30 minutes later when the No. 27 United Fiber & Data car made contact with Turn 2 SAFER Barrier on Lap 30.
“I just went in there behind Helio (Castroneves) and we’d just made a change and the car was actually feeling pretty good," said Hinchcliffe, who also was fastest in the 60-minute morning session. "It hadn’t really made any sort of signals that we were loose mid-corner. If anything you’re battling understeer at that point. It just kind of went around. It was a pretty slow rotation – it wasn’t a quick snap. There’s no reason to think anything broke. I feel bad for the boys – obviously the car’s quick, so hopefully we’ll get it sorted for qualifying.”
The crew will gain a few extra minutes to prepare the Honda-powered car; Hinchcliffe is 21st in the qualifying order.
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Hinchcliffe, who has an average finish of 4.67 in three starts at the Mile, enters the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest off a season-high third place Aug. 3 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Qualifications are at 6 p.m. (ET). Live streaming video, augmented by real-time Timing & Scoring and the IMS Radio Network broadcast with Paul Page, is on IndyCar.com. The 250-lap race is at 3 p.m. (ET) Aug. 17 on NBCSN.
Ed Carpenter, who won in June on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval, was .0951 of a second back in the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing car. Tony Kanaan, a two-time winner at Milwaukee, was third (164.710 mph) in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Mikhail Aleshin was fourth (164.680) in the No. 7 SMP Racing car. Josef Newgarden was fifth (164.032 mph) in the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car.
Before the session, team officials confirmed that Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing would merge for the 2015 season to form SFH Racing.
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