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SPROTT DRIVER HINCHCLIFFE TO START 16TH

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James Hinchcliffe, No. 06 Sprott Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We came into qualifying after a little bit of a rough practice today and wasn’t super happy with the car.  We did the teammate swap and adopted his setup because he seemed pretty pleased and went for broke.  It was a big improvement over what we did this morning so I think we can be pleased in that.  I don’t think we were ever going to be quite as quick as Oriol today but I’m happy with where we ended up.  The Newman/Haas guys did a great job getting the Sprott car swapped over to his setup and it was just up to me to get it done.  If I had another run now and another set of tires, I bet I could squeeze a little bit more out of it but we just wanted to make sure we got through the run.”

FAST FACTS: The event will be his THIRD Indy car race on an oval (Indy , Texas).  He competed at the Mile in the Indy Lights Series in 2009 where he started 10th and finished seventh in his rookie season in the series… Earned a season-high start of eighth place in his debut at Barber and a season-high finish of fourth in Long Beach to date…Toronto native Hinchcliffe, 24, finished second in the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season standings after three wins and four poles.  In total he earned eight podium finishes in 13 races… Is ranked 18th with a total of 92 points and is 33 behind Rookie of the Year leader Hildebrand (125) after five of six events so far this season.

NHR IN MILWAUKEE: NHR has won SEVEN races at this track (Sebastien Bourdais – 2006; Michael Andretti 1996, 1992, 1991; Paul Tracy 1995; Nigel Mansell 1993; Mario Andretti 1985) and TWO poles (Bourdais – 2006; Ma. Andretti 1985).  They have earned a total of 13 podium finishes (2nd – Mi. Andretti 2000, 1997, 1989; 3rd – Oriol Servia 2005, Mi. Andretti 1995, Ma. Andretti 1991). The team is tied with Team Penske for most wins here at seven.