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James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport - Q&A

Describe what that dynamic is going to be like, not only are you battling for the championship, but you're going to be doing it with your teammates.

James Hinchcliffe:
Yeah, I mean, that's obviously going to be a more complicated question in five or six races. We still have nine to go, and there's still a lot to play for.

But certainly, when you're coming to the home stretch of the season and you have teammates running together, you know, I would like to think that we are all going to run each other fair and we are going to continue to work as well together as we can, because what you have to remember, it's not just us in this championship.

And if we start battling each other internally off track, then the other guys are going to catch up and pass us, and then we are fighting over second, third and fourth. That's not what we want to do. We want to back up Ryan's championship last year and bring another one home for Andretti Autosport, and I think we all know that the team is greater than one guy and we all have to work together to try and achieve that.

Q:
No rest for you, I believe you're off testing?

James Hinchcliffe:
Yeah, I have to catch a plane now and head to Pennsylvania. We are testing at Pocono which everybody is excited for. Yeah, we are excited for a weekend off. It's been about two straight months on the road between Brazil, Indy and this five race stretch.

So to go you say we have a break now, but we are straight testing on Tuesday and then we finally get a weekend off. New track for us, obviously everybody is very excited about that. We had strong cars at Indy and this is another Super Speedway and hopefully that translates, but there's a lot to learn there.

So I'm glad we are getting the chance to go somewhere new. We always like a new challenge.

Q:
You entered the season trying to get your first career victory and now you have three; is it a matter of kicking the door in and you just come charging through.

James Hinchcliffe:
Well, it's funny, you know because people, all last year and the off season, people say things like: Oh, you know, once you get your first one, they all just kind of come; it becomes way easier after that. And they clearly haven't tried running an IndyCar race, because it's not easy under any circumstances, no matter how many you've won.

I remember after St. Pete people were saying: Oh, yeah, they will just come now. And I'm thinking, race two at Barber, we completed all three laps and watched the rest of it from the side of the track. I'm like, well, that didn't quite go as everybody says it was gonna.

It was incredible to be here now, three wins in and that first one is so hard to get. But if you look at the record books, there are a lot of guys that have one win, and a pretty big factor, smaller that have won, two, smaller factor again that have won three, then it kind of goes up exponentially from there of guys that have had more than that. It's nice to be chalking a few up.



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James Hinchcliffe celebrates with team mate Marco Andretti at Iowa Speedway after winning the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DEKALB - Sunday June 23, 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe celebrates with team mate Ryan Hunter-Reay at Iowa Speedway after winning the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DEKALB - Sunday June 23, 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe with fans at Iowa Speedway in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DEKALB - Sunday June 23, 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Matt Brabham tests with Andretti Autosport at Iowa Speedway
Matt Brabham tests with Andretti Autosport at Iowa Speedway
Matt Brabham tests with Andretti Autosport at Iowa Speedway
Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan, and Graham Rahal go three-wide going into Turn 1 during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Graham Rahal, Tony Kanaan, and Marco Andretti hoist their trophies on Victory Lane following the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday, June 27 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Graham Rahal, Tony Kanaan, and Marco Andretti hoist their trophies on Victory Lane following the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday, June 27 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti on pit lane after qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti go side-by-side during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe gives the command to fire engines for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 6 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium winners of Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti, and Simon Pagenaud accept their trophies in the Belle Isle Media Center after the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park - Saturday May 30 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti, and Simon Pagenaud with their trophies following Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park after the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park - Saturday May 30 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Team Owner Michael Andretti is flanked by winner Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti following Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park after the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park - Saturday May 30 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti, and Simon Pagenaud accept their trophies following Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park after the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park - Saturday May 30 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
A special message for James Hinchcliffe during the Indianapolis 500 Victory Banquet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
James Davison on track on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)

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