|James Hinchcliffe on track at Phoenix|
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Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe’s weekend could only get better after a crash early in practice on Friday – and it did, somewhat. The Oakville, Ontario native finished 18th, two laps down to winner Scott Dixon, after starting 22nd.
"The bad news, we were running up hill all weekend after a crash in early practice Friday,” said Hinchcliffe. “The good news? Our great team got us back on the track to the point that we got in maximum laps on a notorious short oval, something that should help us later in the year.”
Saturday’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona was raced “under the lights” on the 1.022-mile tri-oval, the first IndyCar race at the facility since 2005.
“Man, a long day at the office for sure,” said Hinchcliffe. “No doubt, missing as much practice as we did hurt us. It took us a couple shots to get the car dialed in to what we needed to feel that we could race those guys. Unfortunately by that point we caught an unlucky yellow just after a pit stop and that put us two laps down. It was sort of the same story as St. Pete where we were running around tailing the field but where we were able to keep the leaders behind us.”
“All in all, a long day,” he concluded. “This kind of thing is to be expected when you start the weekend off the way we did. I just need to thank my No. 5 Arrow crew once again for all their hard work this weekend and we will bounce back in Long Beach and hopefully get some good points there.”
The Verizon IndyCar Series gets back on track Friday through Sunday, April 15-17 with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Keep up with the action at www.indycar.com, and follow Hinchcliffe at www.hinchtown.com. .
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