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James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport - Q&A

But at the same time, these races are so hard to win. You've got to be with a good crew, good car, good put pits, call it right, drive smart and have some luck. That's all part of it. And you can't take anything to are granted. You can't assume you're in a good position, because there are legitimately 12 guys any weekend that can win a race, and you just never know if you'll ever win another one.

Will used to tell me that and I used to laugh at him, because that's when he was winning six races a year; it's just so true, and in an environment this competitive, you just never know.

We are enjoying what we have got now and the success we've had, but we have got to keep our heads down and work harder than ever if we want to get back up here.

Q:
After having won three races, nobody else having performed that well this season but still running fourth in the points, how does that set up your plan for the remainder of the season?

James Hinchcliffe:
We obviously kick it off with a bang, had two DNFs and another win and then had a couple bad races in Indy and Detroit. After Detroit, we really just said, all right, look, guys, we have to get our momentum back and we have to get that MoJo going again. At Texas, solid top ten; Milwaukee, solid top five and obviously here back at the top step. I think that's just the momentum shift that we needed.

We are not going to be in a position to win every race, we know that but I think that we have found our way into finishing where we have to on the day you've got a ninth place car, finish ninth. It's a lot better than wrecking and going for eight.

I think the team has got a lot of confidence in each other and themselves and now we can just try and rip off some consistent results because you look at Marco and you look at Helio, I've got more wins than anybody, but those guys are ahead of me because they have been more consistent.

Q:
You said at St. Pete trying for that first victory, you were dreaming up scenario, how am I going to lose this; how is it different today after you've had a couple wins and you're out in front for so much of the race?

James Hinchcliffe:
It was even worse because that much longer in the lead and more time to think of things that would go wrong.

Obviously the first stint went pretty well for us and getting the lead early I think was important for us, because clean air is king, and we were able to get through traffic. When we first came up on traffic, that was going to be the first big test, the first 20, 30 laps, whatever it was, didn't really mean much, because anybody running by themselves up front was going to be good. It's when we got into lap traffic that was going to make a difference.

And every time I came up on a lap car that was going to be the car that was going to screw it up for us. Luckily we didn't have many cautions. When you are leading and have a good pace, you don't want to see those, but every time we did, it was, oh, well, this is the restart that's going to do us in; or every pit stop, I'm going to spit coming off turn two, get back up to speed or something.



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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)
Ryan Hunter-Reay leads James Hinchcliffe during the early stages of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchliffe (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe in the hairpin during practice at Long Beach -- Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media
Jack Hawksworth and Marco Andretti crash during a restart attempt. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, Takuma Sato, Mike Conway, Will Power, Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan, Takuma Sato, Mike Conway, Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe on course during the 2014 Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens)
James Hinchcliffe on course during the 2014 Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones)
Marco Andretti in action during qualifying for the MAVTV 500 2013 season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media.)
Andretti Autosport team mates Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay in action at night under the floodlights at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California during practice for the MAVTV 500 2013 season finale. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media.)
Marco Andretti ready for action at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California during practice for the MAVTV 500 2013 season finale. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Will Power (right), driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, celebrates his victory with James Hinchcliffe, driver of the #27 GoDaddy Pink Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, Sunday October 6, 2013 during the Grand Prix of Houston IndyCar Race 2 in Houston, Texas. Hinchcliffe finished third. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe and Will Power celebrate after race 2 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston double-header on Sunday, October 6 2013. (Photo Credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe and Will Power celebrate after race 2 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston double-header on Sunday, October 6 2013. (Photo Credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media)

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