Hinch Had A Tough Day At Long Beach

James Hinchcliffe
(photo courtesy garcia family)

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE
No. 29 #SHIFTTOGREEN HONDA
Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

START–7th

FINISH–14th

CHAMPIONSHIP–20 / 220 PTS.

OF NOTE: Ran as high as fourth during the race before an undetermined mechanical issue affected handling ultimately shuffling the 29 car to the middle of the field.


Tough end of the day for us in the 29 Capstone car. We had a top-five car, honestly. We were running a great strategy; the team did an incredible job in the pits. The car was running really strong in that second stint, then with about five (laps) to go in that second stint, I felt something change in the back of the car and unfortunately it looks like we had some sort of an issue there. Haven’t figured out exactly what it is yet, but something definitely let go so the handling from then on was pretty tough. We were just sort of hanging on. To come home 14th is disappointing, because we were capable of a much better result today. It’s kind of the story of our season, we’ve just had a lot of bad luck. But it’s been a great year with Capstone, Genesys and everybody with Andretti Steinbrenner. I wish it could have ended a little better for everyone, but thanks for all the support over the season and I hope to see everyone again soon.”

With the completion of today’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, another season of NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition is in the books. While the 2021 Champion did not come from the Andretti stable, the season was marked with highs including today’s victory from California-native Colton Herta.  The team heads into the offseason, but the work doesn’t slow with testing just around the corner as the 2022 season kicks off in just five months’ time. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will kick off the new year February 27, 2022.

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

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