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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hinchcliffe begins new month with new problems at Detroit

Hinchcliffe at Belle Isle in Detroit
credit: Bret Kelley/Torchia Communications
Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power won the back-to-back Verizon IndyCar Series race at Belle Isle in Detroit, but it was a tough weekend for the Mayor of Hinchtown, Oakville, Ontario’s James Hinchcliffe, who finished 18th on Saturday and 21st on Sunday.

Hinchcliffe experienced parts failure on Lap 42 on Saturday’s race, which sent him into the tires at Turn 7. The crew fixed up his car and got him back on track to eventually finish 18th.

“I don’t know what to say really,” said Hinchcliffe after Saturday’s race. “The Arrow car was really quick and ultimately we had a parts failure that put us into the tires.  It’s an opportunity lost for some solid points. We had a lot of guys we seemed to be ahead of and were keeping pace with a couple of the Penskes which was good because they were the class of the field this week.”

On Sunday, Hinchcliffe was a victim of the race’s first incident when Charlie Kimball cut off Carlos Munoz at the race’s first turn, forcing Munoz into Hinchcliffe and Hinchcliffe into the wall, effectively ending his race with a 21st-place finish.

“A silly racing incident ruined our day,” said Hinchcliffe. “The ARROW car had a reasonable start. Charlie Kimball and Carlos Munoz were going at it and we were just victims of circumstance there, not a whole lot more to say. When you start back there (seventh row) you open yourself up to stuff like that. In the future, we will focus on making sure we don’t start back there, start up front and finish up front like we should and that way we’re not back in the mess. It’s just an unfortunate missed opportunity because the car was quick all weekend and we got two races with very little to show for it, so I’m gutted for the guys and everyone at ARROW but if we know how to do one thing it’s come back, so we will be back at Texas next week stronger than ever.”

The next race on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the Firestone 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. CT. 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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