24 June 2013
James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport - Q&A
The winner of the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DEKALB, James Hinchclife, spoke to the media at Iowa Speedway after the race.
James Hinchcliffe claimed his third win of 2013 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday, and in the process more that tripled the total number of laps he's ever led in his IndyCar Series career. Afterwards he spoke to the media about what the win this weekend meant to him.
We are pleased to be joined by our race winner, James Hinchcliffe. This is the third win of the 2013 season for James, his first at Iowa.
James, before today, you had led 99 laps total; today, 226. Talk about today's race and the win.
Yeah, I mean, it's pretty incredible. In St. Pete, I led the last 20; in Brazil, like the last hundred feet, and here, today, to do what we did, we got Will on lap one there and really never looked back. The car was solid.
Yesterday, we knew we didn't have the car to win yesterday in the heat races, so I sat with Craig and the engineers and we decided to kind of take a swing at it and put a little aggressive setup on it.
There was obviously a lot of unknowns with the weather. It was cooler than we thought it was going to be. Obviously the rain throws a wrench into it, but when we needed it, the car was awesome. We were fast out front by ourselves. We were good in traffic. We didn't have a whole lot of yellows to contend with, which I think was really good for us.
Obviously we had the one restart with Graham, which was the biggest moment of the race but had fun racing with him there and just so proud of these guys. They have got such a good track record here, Marco in '11 and Ryan and '12, and me now; and its Go Daddy's hometown, where they started so to get a win here is extra special and it's just nice to keep our season getting back on track.
What is it specifically about the short oval package that has allowed four different Andretti Autosport drivers in four straight years to win here?
Well, I could tell you, but I'd have to kill you, and none of us want that; there's too much paperwork.
It's funny, because obviously the team was good here before the new car came out, before the W12, and to be able to continue that kind of success with a new car; and a lot of the success the team had at night and track conditions are very, very different at night.
So to come here during a day race and still be able to have a strong showing. I mean, look at Ryan. That's probably the more impressive drive of the race was from where he started to finish second. There's clearly a philosophy on the team that works well, and having four guys that work so well together makes races like this where we have so little practice time, just one session before qualifying, it makes it a huge advantage for us. And the chemistry between us and the ability to work well together, it shows on track on Sunday.
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