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Monday, May 30, 2016

Hinchcliffe falls short in quest for 100th Indy 500 crown

James Hinchcliffe on the pole forming the famous 11 rows of
3 to start the 100th Indianapolis 500
credit: Doug Mathews/Torchia Communications
Oakville, Ontario’s James Hinchcliffe, the polesitter for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, ran near the front throughout the race until tire issues in the final laps left him to finish seventh. Rookie Alexander Rossi, who pitted on Lap 164 and gambled that he would have enough fuel, saved enough gas to win the Centennial Edition of the 500 on Sunday before a crowd of 350,000 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carlos Munoz of Colombia and Josef Newgarden of Tennessee finished second and third, respectively.

While Hinchcliffe’s car was fast for most of the 500 miles, problems with grip late in the race led to a disappointing finish.

“I‘ve got to give everybody on the Arrow crew a ton of credit for just the effort they gave over the entire month,” said Hinchcliffe. “Obviously with the GP, qualifying and then the race today, it was a solid effort. We had a super strong first half and were definitely one of the cars to beat. It really was just track temperature that caught us out at the end there. We started losing grip as the track temp came up late in the afternoon. The last two stints was a real struggle just trying to make the tires last.”

“We came in for a splash of fuel at the end and a couple of guys took a punt on fuel and congratulations to Alex (Rossi). It was obviously great for him, and also great to see Honda back on top. Realistically, we probably had a third or fourth place, which is nothing to turn your nose up at. It was a really strong effort from the Arrow guys all month on.”

The next race on the Verizon IndyCar schedule is the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, with back-to-back races on Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5. Keep up with the action at www.indycar.com, and follow Hinchcliffe at www.hinchtown.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.

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