|James Hinchcliffe picked up a season's-best sixth-place finish|
at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama Sunday
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Oakville, Ontario native James Hinchcliffe continues his uphill climb in the Verizon IndyCar Series, finishing sixth in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama on Sunday. Simon Pagenaud won his second-straight race, and was joined on the podium by Graham Rahal (second) and 2015 winner Josef Newgarden (third).
Two of the day’s biggest stories were running the entire 90-lap race without a yellow caution flag and the impressive run of veteran racer Juan Pablo Montoya, who started 21st on the field and finished fifth.
Hinchcliffe believed that tire selection was critical given the mid-80s temperatures in Alabama.
“The challenge for both drivers and their engineers was to get the settings right for the tires,” he said. Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry began the race on blacks, then moved up early in the race after a 5.8-second pit stop to go to sticky red Firestone tires. The quick stop moved Hinchcliffe from eighth to sixth.
“It was a solid day. We were able to move up a couple of spots, which was obviously good,” he said. “I think we struggled a little bit more than others with tire degradation and so that forced us to stop early a couple of times, which means we were saving a bit of fuel on those runs. All in all, the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car was really quick, maybe just a little rough on tires but it’s good that two weekends in a row we’ve come out with strong finishes and hopefully we can keep this momentum going through the month of May.”
The next race on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, taking place Saturday, May 14 on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Keep up with the action at www.indycar.com, and follow Hinchcliffe at www.hinchtown.com.
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