Indianapolis, IN – May 14, 2016 – James Hinchcliffe bested his highest finish of the season by earning a third-place podium spot on Sunday at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
The Canadian driver started in third place and gained a spot on the very first turn of the race. Great pit stops from his No. 5 Arrow Electronics crew helped Hinchcliffe spend most of the 82 laps battling back-and-forth within the top five spots. He was closing in on second place as the checkered flag fell.
“I’m super proud of the No. 5 car,” said Hinchcliffe. “Everybody on the Arrow Electronics team has done such a good job in the last few races. The momentum has really been rolling with us. We had a great race in Long Beach, great race in Barber, better race here. We missed all of the first practice and still managed to get the car out there to qualify on the second row, and then raced our way to a podium.
“It wasn’t easy. There was a lot of back-and-forth there, some great racing, and great work in the pits. I can’t thank the guys enough for the pit stops. That stop was just killer. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t quite stay in front of Simon there, but I had a great battle with Charlie a couple times, side-by-side for a few corners and it was nice not having to save fuel. I just got to drive the car and push hard, having some great battles along the way.
In regards to being the top-finishing Honda, Hinchcliffe added, “Credit is due to Honda too. Obviously, there was a big upturn in form there and we’re proud of the effort that those guys have done.”
Teammate Mikhail Aleshin started in P11 and gained two spots early on in the race. After the first-lap caution, he gained another spot on the restart. The Russian driver ran as high as eighth before technical issues caused him to lose several spots. He finished 13th.
“From the beginning of the race, we had technical issues, which unfortunately put me out of any fight for good points today,” said Aleshin. “We couldn’t do anything against the issues were facing, it was fundamental. Actually, I’m happy to have finished P13 with these conditions. We scored some points and next time, hopefully we’ll do even better.”
Temperatures were in the mid-forties for the start of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race. Santiago Urrutia finished where he started and earned a second-place, podium finish for the second day in a row.
Scott Anderson started and finished eighth. After numerous battles for the sixth spot, he was pushed off track with 17 laps to go. Anderson made a solid recovery but wasn’t able to regain his seventh-place spot.
The drastic change in weather caused RC Enerson, starting sixth, to spin on the warmup lap. He went to the back of the field and finished 15th.
Teammate Andre Negrao started 12th but lost control of his car while warming up the tires and made contact with the wall on the front stretch. His crew spent most of the race rebuilding the car and while he did get back on track briefly, he finished 16th.
In just two days, practice begins for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. The Greatest Spectacle in Racing will take place on Sunday, May 29. The Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires will compete in the Freedom 100 on Friday, May 27.
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