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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hinchclliffe climbs podium at GP of Indy

James Hinchcliffe was smiling after a third-place finish in
the Grand Prix of Indianapolis
credit: IndyCar Media/Dana Garrett
Oakville, Ontario’s James Hinchcliffe reached the podium for the first time this season in the Verizon IndyCar Series after a third-place finish in Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Simon Pagenaud captured the checkered flag for the third-straight race, while Helio Castroneves was runner-up on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"It was great to be able to push and not have to save fuel,” said Hinchcliffe. “That yellow in the middle there kind of really helped everybody because the windows here were pretty small up to that point. We had a great car. Huge credit to everybody at Schmidt Peterson. The Arrow Electronics car was great all weekend. Missed the whole first practice. Managed to put it on the second row. Got caught up on some of the restarts there but the guys were awesome in the pits.”

“I thank my team for helping me qualify in the second row,” he continued. “It is a lot easier to get a result when there aren’t too many cars in front of you, especially at the beginning of a race. I had a great battle with Charlie (Kimball, who finished fifth), back and forth, and at any one time, it was hard to say who was going to prevail.”

Last year when Hinchcliffe visited Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the famed “Month of May,” he nearly lost his life in a practice accident that forced him off the track for the rest of the season.

Hinchcliffe has announced that he is donating part of his winnings from Saturday’s race to the Canadian Red Cross to help the more than 14,000 families and dozen communities affected by the wildfires in Alberta earlier this month. Team owner Sam Schmidt and Arrow’s Mike Long have also announced that they will match his donation.

“Canadians from coast to coast have opened their hearts and wallets to help our fellow citizens,” said Hinchcliffe. “I feel it is important to help.”

The next race on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the historic Indianapolis 500. Qualifying for the 100th running of the event takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, with the race going green on Sunday, May 29. 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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