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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.

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.

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)
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