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James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport - Q&A

We did have a couple close calls. Like I said we went aggressive with the setup and the car was very loose at certain parts of that race, and then the last ten laps picked up this freak understeer, I thought the tyre was going down and I was on the radio asking if the pressure was all right how far is Ryan, and I'm thinking, ten to go, really? You're going to let me lead 200 laps to take it away now.

But luckily the gap was enough and I made sure I just controlled the lap at the end. I didn't want to catch that group because as soon as you're in dirty air with old tyres, the car falls apart a little bit, and luckily we had the gas to run we needed.

Q:
In all your years of racing, have you ever dominated as well as you have today?

James Hinchcliffe:
I mean, I can't think of a race. A few races of Lights that I led from pole but either a third of the distance or there's no pit stops, restarts are a much different deal, they were not double file back then.

So, no, I watched guy win races like this on TV and my whole career, I thought, I just don't get it, like how do they do that. I've never been in that position. And now, I know: You have to have a hell of a good car, a hell of a good crew and just hit your marks all afternoon long.

I'm just so pleased that we are able to do everybody performed. If it was the guys in the pits, the setup, me and my spotter making good decisions out on the racetrack, and, man, it feels good to do it like that.

Transcript courtesy IZOD IndyCar Series


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