|James Hinchcliffe during the Saturday practice at|
Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA.
credit: IndyCar/Torchia Communications
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden got the early jump on pole sitter Simon Pageneaud and ran away with the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday afternoon, but just as impressive as Newgarden’s performance with a broken hand was James Hinchcliffe’s ninth-place finish after starting at the back of the field in 22nd.
“I think everyone on the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team needs to be pretty pleased with that result,” said Hinchcliffe. “To start shotgun on the field and end up with a top-10 without any lucky breaks is big credit to the team. The car had a lot of pace, the crew did fast stops and I stayed out of trouble. There were very few cautions, not a lot of guys going out and so we were able to just race our way through the field. The car has been good all weekend, other than that issue in qualifying, so it was disappointing to start back there but to work our way back up shows the strength that we had. Congratulations to Mikhail (Aleshin) for the top-five, it has been a great weekend for the team.”
On Saturday, the Oakville, Ontario native drew an early qualifying position, meaning he had to contend with rubber on the track from the previous ARCA Racing Series practice session – that led to his four-lap qualifying average of 175.027 mph, 10 mph behind the leaders. At race time, however, Hinchcliffe was one of the fastest drivers on the track.
The next race on the Verizon IndyCar schedule is “The Mayor’s” hometown race, the Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place on Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. ET. This year's event will be the 30th edition of the Toronto Indy. Keep up with the action at www.indycar.com, and follow Hinchcliffe at www.hinchtown.com.
Quotes in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.