HINCHCLIFFE DOMINATES IOWA CORN INDY 250 TO SCORE THIRD WIN
Story posted - Jun 24 2013 10:34 AM
HINCHCLIFFE DOMINATES IOWA CORN INDY 250 TO SCORE THIRD WIN
NEWTON, Iowa (Sunday, June 23, 2013) -- James Hinchcliffe, who led 33 total laps on ovals in his previous two IZOD IndyCar Series seasons, led all but 24 to dominate the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway.
The Toronto native, driving the No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet, earned his first victory on an oval. He's the only three-time winner this season and seventh different winner through 10 of 19 races. This time he led Ryan Hunter-Reay across the finish line by 1.509 seconds for the second consecutive Andretti Autosport 1-2 sweep on the .875-mile oval.
Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan, who had finished first, second and third the previous three outings at Iowa, placed third. Ed Carpenter finished fourth and Graham Rahal earned his second consecutive top-five finish of the season.
"We have a great track record here, but this year with so many different things and a day race, everything was different," said Hinchcliffe, who started second following qualifying that consisted of three 50-lap heat races and grid spot penalties because of unapproved engine changes that impacted six drivers. "We were trying to manage a gap on the guys behind us, trying to take care of the tires. At the end of the day the car was solid. Guys on the stand called it perfect, and I can't thank them enough."
Hinchcliffe advanced five positions in the championship standings and is 66 points behind front-runner Helio Castroneves heading into the second half of the season that starts with the Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco on July 7 at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway.
Castroneves' nine points earned for claiming the Verizon P1 Award in the third heat race is the margin over Hunter-Reay in the standings. Castroneves, driving the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske car, finished eighth. Marco Andretti, who finished ninth in the No. 25 RC Cola car, is third (-55 points). Seven different teams are represented in the top 10.
"We drove as hard as we could today," said Castroneves, who recorded his sixth consecutive top 10. "When they told me I came in eighth, I was like 'What?' I certainly felt we had a better car than that. I guess in traffic we got held up coming in and out of the pits, which cost us some positions. The Hitachi car really came alive with about 50 laps to go and it felt great. Maybe it was a little too late for us. But we still have the points lead and we will look for a better result in Pocono."
DAY 2 NOTEBOOK:
Rain began falling this morning at Iowa Speedway and continues to fall over the facility at 10:30. Track drying began shortly after 11 a.m.
IZOD IndyCar Series driver Mike Conway, who has raced for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Dale Coyne Racing in 2013, finished third in the LMP2 Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ryan Briscoe, who has raced for Chip Ganassi Racing and Panther Racing, also competed in the class, which was won by former IZOD IndyCar Series competitors Bertrand Baguette and Martin Plowman and their co-driver Ricardo Gonzalez.
2010 Firestone Indy Lights champion Jean-Karl Vernay was part of the winning team in the GTE-Am class.
The following cars participated in the systems check this afternoon: #3 Castroneves, #6 Saavedra, #9 Dixon, #10 Franchitti, #12 Power, #14 Sato, #16 Jakes, #67 Newgarden, #83 Kimball.
IOWA CORN INDY 250 RACE SPECIFICS
The race is 250 laps, 218.75 miles on .0875-mile oval.
The pit road speed limit is 60 mph.
The green flag to start the race will be shown the fourth time by the start-finish line.
The E85 ethanol allotment for today's race is 65 gallons and the fuel window is approximately 50-60 laps under green-flag conditions.
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford will drive the Chevrolet Corvette Safety Car.
There will be no tow-ins or returns from the garage within the final 20 laps of the race.
IOWA CORN INDY 250 PRE-RACE
1:56 p.m. - The start of the race is on a hold due to track repair in Turns 1 and 4.
At 2 p.m., the ambient temperature was 77 degrees with a relative humidity of 62 percent. Skies were cloudy. The track temperature was 89 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.
At 2:07 p.m., Kevin Rempp - Chair, Iowa Corn Promotion Board & Deb Keller-Past Chair, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, gave the command, "Drivers, start your engines." All cars have started and are rolling on the grid.
IOWA CORN INDY 250 RACE RUNNING
Lap 1: GREEN. #12 Power leads the field into Turn 1 and maintains the lead into Turn 1. #27 Hinchcliffe makes the move for the lead off of Turn 4 and leads at the line.
Lap 5: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #12 Power by .1100 of a second.
Lap 10: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #12 Power by .7395 of a second.
James Hinchcliffe is leading at Iowa Speedway for the second consecutive year. He is leading his fourth IZOD IndyCar Series race of 2013. He last led at Indianapolis.
Lap 15: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #12 Power by .8831 of a second.
Lap 20: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #12 Power by 1.3925 seconds.
Lap 26: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #12 Power by 1.557 seconds.
Lap 30: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #12 Power by 2.5466 seconds. #20 Carpenter is third, 2.9 seconds behind.
Lap 33: #20 Carpenter passes #12 Power for second place in Turn 2.
Lap 35: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #20 Carpenter by 5.3662 seconds.
Lap 38: YELLOW. Debris on the frontstretch from on-track contact between #1 Hunter-Reay and #15 Rahal. Pits are closed. Leaders under caution are: #27 Hinchcliffe, #20 Carpenter, #11 Kanaan, #12 Power and #25 Andretti.
Lap 40: Pits are open. All lead lap cars are on pit lane for four tires and fuel. #6 Saavedra and #16 Jakes do not pit to get back on the lead lap. #27 Hinchcliffe wins race off of pit road followed by #12 Power, #20 Carpenter, #25 Andretti and #4 Servia. #1 Hunter-Reay replaces the nosecone.
Lap 42: #1 Hunter-Reay back on pit road for additional repairs. #6 Saavedra also pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 43: #16 Jakes on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 49: #16 Jakes on pit road for fuel only.
Lap 52: GREEN. #27 Hinchcliffe leads the field into Turn 1.
Lap 55: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #20 Carpenter by .3959 of a second.
Lap 60: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #20 Carpenter by .4765 of a second.
Lap 65: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #20 Carpenter by .9381 of a second.
Lap 70: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #20 Carpenter by 1.1183 seconds.
Lap 75: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #20 Carpenter by 1.4198 seconds.
Lap 80: #25 Andretti passes #20 Carpenter in Turn 2. #27 Hinchcliffe leads #25 Andretti by 2.3682 seconds.
Lap 85: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #25 Andretti by 3.6415 seconds.
Lap 90: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #25 Andretti by 3.2929 seconds.
Lap 95: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #25 Andretti by 1.0896 seconds.
Lap 100: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #25 Andretti by 1.4239 seconds.
Lap 105: #15 Rahal passes #25 Andretti for second on the outside of Turn 2.
Lap 106: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #15 Rahal 2.1313 seconds.
Lap 110: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #15 Rahal 1.1226 seconds. Leaders are working heavy lap traffic.
Lap 113: #14 Sato on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 115: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #15 Rahal by 2.9116. #25 Andretti #77 Pagenaud, #11 Kanaan, #5 Viso, #55 Vautier on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 116: #3 Castroneves, #20 Carpenter on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 118: Leader #27 Hinchcliffe on pit road for four tires and fuel. New leader is #19 Wilson.
Lap 119: Leader #19 Wilson on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 120: Green flag stops complete, leader is #27 Hinchcliffe.
Lap 125: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #15 Rahal by 1.0279 seconds.
Lap 130: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #15 Rahal by 1.3469 seconds.
#27 Hinchcliffe has clinched the two bonus points for leading the most laps in today's race.
Lap 135: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #15 Rahal by 1.8934 seconds.
Lap 138: YELLOW. #98 Tagliani brushes the SAFER Barrier and spins in Turn 2. Pits are closed. Leaders under caution are: #27 Hinchcliffe, #25 Andretti, #15 Rahal, #77 Pagenaud, #15 Servia. #98 Tagliani is restarted by Holmatro Safety Team and returns to pit lane under its own power.
Lap 141: #20 Carpenter, #18 Beatriz, #78 De Silvestro, #83 Kimball, #12 Power, #10 Franchitti, #6 Saavedra and #11 Kanaan on pit road for four tires and fuel. #98 Tagliani is on pit road. Crew is repairing right-rear suspension and rear wheel guards.
Lap 148: GREEN. #27 Hinchcliffe leads the field into Turn 1.
Lap 149: #15 Rahal passes #25 Andretti for second place.
Lap 150: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #15 Rahal by .7129 of a second.
Lap 155: YELLOW. Debris on the frontstretch. Leaders under caution is #27 Hinchcliffe, #15 Rahal, #25 Andretti, #77 Pagenaud and #9 Dixon.
Lap 156: #10 Franchitti on pit lane for four tires and fuel and adjustments
Lap 157: #10 Franchitti on pit road for more adjustments.
Lap 160: GREEN. #27 Hinchcliffe leads the field into Turn 1. #15 Rahal makes bid for the lead on the outside and leads at the line.
Lap 161: Leaders running side-by-side for the lead.
Lap 162: #12 Power is off the pace in Turn 4. #14 Sato on pit lane with mechanical issue.
Lap 165: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #15 Rahal by .5820 of a second. #1 Hunter-Reay is third, 1.46 seconds back.
Lap 170: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #15 Rahal by .6429 of a second.
Lap 175: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #15 Rahal by .5965 of a second.
Lap 180: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #15 Rahal by .2898 of a second.
Lap 181: #1 Hunter-Reay passes #15 Rahal for second place.
Lap 185: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #1 Hunter-Reay by 3.2999 seconds.
Lap 186: #15 Rahal passes #1 Hunter-Reay for second-place.
Lap 189: #26 Andretti and #9 Dixon on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 192: #77 Pagenaud on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 193: #1 Hunter-Reay and #15 Rahal on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 196: Leader #27 Hinchcliffe and #3 Castroneves on pit road for four tires and fuel. New leader #20 Carpenter. Pit report: #27 Hinchcliffe was slow on the left front.
Lap 200: #20 Carpenter leads #11 Kanaan by 2.2011 seconds.
Lap 205: #20 Carpenter leads #11 Kanaan by 2.3198 seconds. #83 Kimball on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 210: #11 Kanaan on pit road for four tires and fuel. #20 Carpenter leads #11 Kanaan by 9.4511 seconds.
Lap 214: Leader, #20 Carpenter on pit road for four tires and fuel. New leader is #19 Wilson. Pit report: #20 Carpenter was slow on the right rear tire.
Lap 215: #19 Wilson leads #27 Hinchcliffe by 7.5751 seconds.
Lap 217: Leader #19 Wilson on pit road for four tires and fuel. New leader is #27 Hinchcliffe.
Lap 220: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #1 Hunter-Reay by 4.7695 seconds.
Lap 225: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #1 Hunter-Reay by 3.0824 seconds.
Lap 230: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #1 Hunter-Reay by 2.5558 seconds.
Lap 235: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #1 Hunter-Reay by 3.0566 seconds.
Lap 240: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #1 Hunter-Reay by 1.8058 seconds.
Lap 246: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #1 Hunter-Reay by 2.2383 seconds.
Lap 249: WHITE: #27 Hinchcliffe leads #1 Hunter-Reay by 1.4570 seconds.
Lap 250: CHECKERED: #27 Hinchcliffe wins the Iowa Corn Indy 250 by 1.5009 seconds.
IOWA CORN INDY 250 POST-RACE NOTES:
This is Hinchcliffe's third career IZOD IndyCar Series victory (St. Pete, Brazil 2013)
Previous best finish at Iowa was ninth in 2011.
Second consecutive podium finish at Iowa (won in 2012).
Second consecutive Andretti Autosport 1-2 finish at Iowa.
Has finished on the podium in last four starts at Iowa
Drivers with career best Iowa finishes today:
James Hinchcliffe 1st - Previous best of ninth (2011)
Ed Carpenter 4th - Previous best of sixth (2007)
Graham Rahal 5th - Previous best of ninth in (2010, '12)
Oriol Servia 7th - Previous best of 14th in (2011)
IOWA CORN INDY 250 POST-RACE QUOTES:
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet): "We just had to go off of experience and all goes to the team. We have a great track record here but this year with so many different things and a day race, everything was different. We took a bit of risk. We wanted to make sure the car wouldn't get understeer because that kills you in traffic. I can't believe we led that whole thing. The guys were awesome in the pits."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 1 DHL Chevrolet): "It was so hard to catch back up to James (Hinchcliffe) and then lapped traffic. It's one thing if you're a lap down but if you're five laps down or six laps down just making it tough on the leaders was uncalled for. But hey, we can back from 22nd or whatever we were to finish second. Definitely had the car to win today but just made a mistake there trying to get by Graham (Rahal), keeping my foot in it. The front just had no grip on it when I turned to pop out and pass him. Easy mistake. We had a tough weekend. To come second out of this thing, I'm pretty please with that. Good job to James (Hinchcliffe). It was a good day in the point for the No. 1 DHL Chevy. Definitely have to be happy about that."
TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply Co./ A.J. Foyt Racing): "We made some gains in the first stint as well as on the pit stop so we gradually moved up positions. On the restarts I really had fun and gained some good spots so it looked like it was going to be quite an exciting race for the ABC Supply team because the car was working well. But then after that second pit stop I started to struggle with speed. We tried to figure it out by doing different engine maps and mixtures but it didn't work. Finally we had to pull out. It's very disappointing to be unable to finish the race."
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): "It was a good job today by the Hitachi team. We drove as hard as we could today. When they told me I came in 8th, I was like 'What?' I certainly felt we had a better car than that. I guess in traffic we got held up coming in and out of the pits which cost us some positions. The Hitachi car really came alive with about 50 laps to go and it felt great. Maybe it was a little too late for us. But, we still have the points lead and we will look for a better result in Pocono."
E.J. VISO (No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA Citgo Chevrolet): "It was a pretty up and down race for me. I think at some points, especially at the beginning of the race, we showed tremendous speed, and I thought at that point we were going to make it to the front. Unfortunately in the second and third stint, we didn't have the similar speed and I went to the back. I recovered again to finish in the top-10. It was not the best weekend for us, even from the beginning. But I am happy for my two teammates James (Hinchcliffe) and Ryan (Hunter-Reay) for finishing first and second."
ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 98 Barracuda Racing Honda): "We were fighting really hard. It would've been nice to have a solid top ten finish. I got caught on the high side when I tried to pass Dario [Franchitti]. I touched the marbles - my mistake. I'm sorry to the Barracuda Racing guys who have been working so hard. I got caught in the grey. I pushed up and just tagged the wall."
MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet): "It was a total handful when it came to traffic. I'm disappointed we couldn't get the RC Cola car up there with the teammates but congrats to those two (James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay)."
TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Sunoco "Turbo" KVRT-SH Racing Chevrolet): "We had a good car. We got into a little bit of a problem with some heat temperature so we had to lose a few spots in the pits trying to pull an inlet out of the side pod so the engine could breathe a little bit better. It was a good race. We had a podium finish and we will take it. I like when people race you hard and it is what it is."
WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "Tough day for the Verizon team. The rear handling of the car was an issue pretty much from the start of the race. It was frustrating because we tried everything we could to make it better but we just couldn't get it to where we wanted it. It was a good job in the pits by the Verizon guys and we look forward to testing this week to make sure we feel good heading into Pocono."
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda): "We worked through the race as best we could. It was tough in traffic, but we just kept trying to maximize everything. We made it to the end with no incidents, and gained seven spots after being in a hole, that was no fault to our own. Not a bad day from the spots we gained. We definitely wanted more, but I think we did the best we could for the situation at hand, so I'm excited to move on to the next one."
ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): "It was a good run for the Fuzzy's Vodka Chevy team. We moved up to the front early and, then on the second stint, we had a understeer condition that sent us back in the field a little. It was a long slow fight to the front again after that. The Fuzzy's guys gave me a great car today and we probably weren't as aggressive enough early in the race on our changes. But we made all of the right changes late and we were fast at the end. I think we had a car fast enough to win today. Our last green flag pit stop didn't go as we wanted, but we came back and nearly got a podium today. Overall, we still got a top-five finish today so it wasn't a bad day for us. This is a really fun place to race. There were multiple lanes today and I ran both the low and the high groove. Seemed like others were only good in one lane. I just wish the race was a little longer for us because we were closing fast on the leaders. But we'll move on and go to Pocono. I'm really looking forward to that race."
SIMONA DE SILVESTRO (No. 78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Chevrolet): "The car was better today than yesterday, but it's still not quite there yet. It feels like we're in damage control mode right now. We rolled off the truck not so good and didn't have a ton of track time to get it fixed, so we got in kind of a pickle there. For the race we tried a few different things which got us closer, but it was still a long race for us. I'm excited to go testing and hopefully we can turn all of this around. We've struggled the last two races, so we'll just have to keep working on it."
GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Midas/Big O Tires Honda): "The race was good. I didn't quite have James' (Hinchcliffe) speed today but we were close. And as you know, coming from where we have been over the past few weeks, this feels pretty good. But obviously I'm disappointed to not finish higher; we wanted a podium today if not better. The guys have really worked hard to get this Midas / Big O Tires car back to the front and we're getting closer. We struggled a bit at the start of the race. On the second set (of tires) the car came on for me and felt really, really magical. That's when we went from 10th to second. I don't know what it was at the end of the race, we just lost a little bit of overall grip and struggled a little bit. The last couple of laps when Ed (Carpenter) got me, I just couldn't keep the thing turning. Earlier in that stint, I was chasing Hinchcliffe down but at the end of the race I was losing a little bit of everything in the car. I'm proud of these guys because as I've said too many people, the last few weeks hasn't been easy for us. I'm really proud of the engineering staff and everyone. For everybody to keep coming back week after week with their chins up means a lot to me. I felt like I could have won the race today. I don't know how we lost a spot on that pit stop today because I thought we had a good stop, but we did and unfortunately we got behind Hunter-Reay and never really recovered. I feel like I got robbed; I should have had a podium at least today but we'll take a fifth."
JAMES JAKES (No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Honda): "It was a difficult day all around. We just struggled in general from the start of the race. We will go back and analyze the data to figure out what happened. Obviously the No 15 car did a great job. We will move on and look at what was wrong and try not to repeat it again."
MICHAEL ANDRETTI (Team Owner, Andretti Autosport): "It was another great day in Iowa. We love coming here as a team. James (Hinchcliffe) did a heck of a job and it was a huge win for us. This is GoDaddy's hometown , so it was great for them. Ryan (Hunter-Reay) did a great job. He broke his front wing early and came back from basically last to fight his way back second and that was a heck of a drive. We had four cars in the top-10 so it was a great day for our team."
TRISTAN VAUTIER (No. 55 coastal.com/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): "It was a good race for us even though you're generally not too excited to finish 13th! I'm very excited about everything we learned today though. I was struggling before the race to run different grooves and be good in traffic. I feel like I took a huge step forward today at least on this type of track. I managed to run both grooves all race long. It's tough when you start in the pack because you're stuck in the train and you can go a lap down really quickly. There were a few times where I was running with the leaders at a good pace, so I'm happy to have a positive day for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and our sponsor Coastal.com."
ORIOL SERVIA (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet): "The National Guard Chevy was great all day. This is the first time I can remember that I didn't ask for a single change to the car for an entire race. It was the restarts today that cost us; the best restart I had the No. 55 car almost spun in front of me and I had to check up. But I felt like we were faster than a lot of the guys around us all day today. To be honest, seeing that I was seventh at the end was a surprise because I felt like we were much higher than that, but a big thanks to the team and the National Guard for such a great car today."
SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda): "We were really strong on restarts today because the HP car was handling really well. At the end I'm not sure what we were missing because the car was really hooked up. I had a blast though. The restarts were fun, the racing was fun, and it was just a great day of competition. From the cockpit it was back and forth going as hard as you could into pit lane and getting out just as fast. We were trying to grab positions any way we could. Traffic played a big role in the race, but it was great for the HP car to be up front on an oval today."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 7 Dragon Racing Chevrolet): "It was a decent day; starting from where we were it was not easy. Every time you start at the back you have some restarts that play your way and some that do not. I had a really good one halfway through the race but then on one restart I got caught behind (E.J.) Viso because he was running my line and couldn't get going so that put us in the back. After going a lap down I tried to be as less of a factor for the leaders but then you have to start to let people by and you can't run your race anymore. We were able to make a lot of progress with the car from the heat race to the feature race. When you have to drive from the back and don't have a rocket ship it's pretty tough to make it up to the front."
SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (No. 6 Dragon Racing Chevrolet): "It was a very disappointing weekend for us. I am very frustrated after coming to Iowa with a lot of momentum and we were just not able to create a reliable car for the race. With having this little of practice time before the race, if you do not come with a well-balanced car it's very hard to catch up to the front. The race for us was just a matter of keeping it a clean race. We made a bad call when we could have gained our one lap back in the beginning and the really finished the day early for us."
SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): "We had what I thought was a pretty good car today. From where we started we were able to move up and contend midway through the race. Unfortunately we encountered a misfire when we were in the top five after a restart and then just gradually faded back outside the top 10. We lost power at the end and will have to take a look and see what happened. Tough day for the Target team at Iowa."
OFFICIAL IZOD INDYCAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1 Helio Castroneves 332
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 323
3 Marco Andretti 277
4 James Hinchcliffe 266
5 Tony Kanaan 253
6 Simon Pagenaud 241
7 Scott Dixon 240
8 Takuma Sato 233
9 Justin Wilson 227
10 Will Power 209
OFFICIAL IZOD INDYCAR SERIES MANUFACTURERS POINTS:
The next IZOD IndyCar Series race is the Pocono INDYCAR 400 fueled by Sunoco on July 7 at Pocono Raceway. The race will be televised by ABC at Noon (ET) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, including SiriusXM (XM 211 and Sirius 211) and indycar.com. The next Firestone Indy Lights race is the Pocono 100 on July 7 at Iowa Speedway. NBC Sports Network's coverage of the Sukup 100 will be broadcast at 11 p.m. (ET) on June 28.