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SPROTT DRIVER HINCHCLIFFE EARNED HIS TOP OVAL FINISH OF THE SEASON WITH SIXTH

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James Hinchcliffe, No. 06 Sprott Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The race was a lot of fun!  Honestly, the Sprott car was so good and the team did such a good job in the pits.  Huge props to the boys and a big thanks to Oriol.  I didn’t test here and in practice I was getting us going in the wrong direction so we really leaned on him in qualifying and for the race setup and the car was great.  We were able to drive around some people, had some great, great pit stops; the crew was unbelievable.  To get a top-six at a track like this on your first crack at it is something we can be pretty happy with.  Congratulations to Oriol.  The team told me he went to the back after a bad stop and then on the restart he blew by me.  He had a great race and a well-deserved podium.”

FAST FACTS: The event was 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 tied for 16th place in the point standings with Justin Wilson with 120 points and is 17 behind Rookie of the Year leader Hildebrand (137) after six of seven events so far this season.