Hinch Had A Handful At Laguna Seca

James Hinchcliffe

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE
No. 29 GENESYS HONDA
Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

START–11th

FINISH–20th

CHAMPIONSHIP–20TH / 204 PTS.

OF NOTE: Ran an alternate four-stop strategy
“Obviously, a really difficult race for us. The car kind of inexplicably went way looser than we predicted based on warm-up and the whole weekend. We maxed out on the amount of front wing that we could take out trying to chase it. Credit to the guys in the pits. They did a good job and worked on the car throughout the race until we got it there, but by then the damage was done and unfortunately we were back down where we were. A tough break, but we will move on to Long Beach. We’ve always run well there and hopefully we can keep that going. Congrats to Colton [Herta] on the win.”

It was looking hopeful for a top-10 finish for Ryan Hunter-Reay, but an unintentional short fuel fill on their first pit stop forced the 28 team into an aggressive fuel-saving strategy. Despite the fueling issues, Hunter-Reay was able to make up eight positions during the race to come away with an 11th-place finish. James Hinchcliffe came into the weekend with hopes of repeating his 2019 top-10 finish in Monterey, but the No. 29 Genesys Honda was a handful from the green flag forcing the team to come in early resulting in a four-stop strategy. 

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will finish out their West Coast swing and the 2021 Championship next weekend on the streets of Long Beach. The season finale will be broadcast live on NBC Sports with coverage beginning at 12 p.m. PT.

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

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