The Mayor Of Hinchtown Gets A Podium Finish At Barber

James Hinchcliffe

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Sunday April 22 & Monday 23, 2018

Qualified: 5th (Firestone Fast 6 – 67.9472 secs)
Finished: 3rd
Standings: 5th (118 points)

  • Race started yesterday under wet conditions that progressively got worse
  • Hinchcliffe dropped back to P7 at the start but moved to P5 on the restart on Lap 16
  • Yellow came out immediately followed by the red flag and cars lined up on pit lane
  • After 37 mins, the field left pit lane under yellow but after 4 laps were forced back to red and the decision was eventually made to resume race today.
  • Race re-starts today as a timed race (75 mins remain)
  • Moves to P4 and then P3 with 40 mins remaining
  • Great pit stop by his crew to rejoin P5
  • With around 34 mins remaining Hinchcliffe moves back to P4
  • Rain starts to fall with 21 mins remain
  • Hinchcliffe pits for wet with 11 mins to go
  • With 6 mins remain moves to P3 and the first podium finish at Barber

Quote:
What were you thinking when it started raining again??
“I feel bad for the fans as much as anything. We were driving around out there, and it’s like ‘right guys its getting wetter, it’s getting wetter…. Wet enough for rains? Nah, not wet enough for rains… Wet enough for rains? Nah… Pit for rains. Are you guys sure?’ It was the right call for sure, so big props to the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports guys; a solid weekend for us in the end. As I said before, not a great test here, but two cars in the top 10 after qualifying and then two cars in the top five in the race, so pretty proud of these boys and everyone on the Arrow Electronics car. It’s good to get a couple of Hondas up there, maybe not on the top step of the podium, but we took the rest of it.”

Verizon IndyCar Career Results
Starts 110 Top-Five 28
Wins 5 Pole 1
Podiums 15 Laps Led 711
Top-10 56
2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Results
St. Pete 7/4 Long Beach 7/9
Phoenix 5/6 Barber 5/3

After three races in a row, we return in two weeks for the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 11-12, 2018

All sessions (including qualifying) will be available on racecontrol and on the INDYCAR YouTube channel.

The race will be live on ABC and SportsNet from 3:30 p.m. ET May 12.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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