6 May 2013
James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport - Q&A
"I don't always finish races, but when I do, l prefer to win," James Hinchcliffe said on Twitter after taking victory in Sunday's Sao Paulo Indy 300.
It's been either feast or famine so for for James Hinchcliffe in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series: after winning the season opener in St Petersburg, the next two races were both early DNFs. But on Sunday he bounded right back into victory lane with his second career win, beating Takuma Sato in an exciting battle to the line in Sao Paulo.
As the race was held in Brazil, many of the questions were asked by local journalists speaking Portuguese and an English translation of what they said was not available.
We proceed with the press conference. Congratulations for the results today, James.
James, (in Portuguese.)
I don't think I was sure until after we crossed the line. You know, that last restart I started second with Takuma there and lost a few spots. That was tough. I knew we didn't have that many laps left.
Luckily the car was good. We were taking care of those Firestone red tires pretty well. I was able to get by Pagenaud. Thankfully Takuma and Josef were racing. Without that, I don't think we had a shot.
Once I got around Josef, I knew I had more overtakes than Takuma did and thought, This might be possible. He was doing such a good job making it wide, making it difficult to pass going into the last corner, I didn't think we had it. Going into the last corner, he overshot it. It wasn't really until I crossed the line that I realized, We got it.
Absolutely. To win a race on the last corner of the last lap is one of the coolest feelings. It's races like this that people remember. It was a good show right from the start of the race till the end, a lot of passing, changes in strategy, things like that. I think to make a last-corner pass, that's something I'll remember for a long time.
Questions for James.
James, I think you already described everything about the race. But when you was looking in the sky, for sure you saw it was getting a little bit gray. Did you have a chance to think about, Uh-oh?
This race has a history of raining on us. This is the first time we've been here with absolutely no rain, and the first time that Will Power has not won the race. Let's hope we don't get rain for the rest of the season (laughter).
But, no, we saw the clouds coming in. I was pretty confident that it wasn't going to play a factor in the race. Thankfully it didn't. That would have thrown one more curve ball at everybody. It's not something we weren't prepared for. Whenever you come here, you're ready for rain.
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