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Hinchcliffe 15th In Edmonton After Challenging Day

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James Hinchcliffe, No. 06 Sprott Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We were in trouble right from the drop of the green flag.  We lost a couple of spots in the first start and I wasn’t too, too worried about that at first.  Once we got back going I realized that we were really struggling for front grip – bad.  Then we lost a few more spots and were just trying to hold station and the yellow came out before we were about pit.  And then as everyone was lining up to dive into the pits everybody starting jacking around down at the hairpin, trying to brake-check everyone to get a good run into the pits to create a gap but all it does is create an accordion effect.  Unfortunately I didn’t see it soon enough and got into the back of Danica.  Because we are only going 10 mph at that point, as soon as I touched her, the car stalled.  Obviously we got put to the back so on that next stint we thought the black tires would be a bit better for the balance but they were worse so we really struggled to make the fuel number that we wanted in terms of when to pit and had to pit a bit early and unfortunately that meant that we had to do a splash at the end there when there were no yellows.  We battled the car all day which is unfortunate because the Sprott team felt so strong this morning.  We’re not quite sure what happened.  That’s racing; we’ll regroup and just try to be strong in the next round.”

FAST FACTS: This was his SIXTH year to race here (eighth race) and FIRST in the headline Indy car here.  He has three poles and four podium finishes here including a win.  In 2010, he won the Firestone Indy Lights race from pole and led all 50 laps.  In his first Indy Lights race here in 2009, he started and finished fourth.  He competed in the Atlantic Series events here from 2006-2008.  In the 2008 event, he started from pole and finished third in Race 1 and started fourth and finished third in Race 2.  In the 2007 event here he started from pole and finished third in Race 1.  In Race 2, he started 15 and finished ninth.  In 2006, he started eighth and finished 23rd…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 173 points and is 39 behind Rookie of the Year leader Hildebrand (212) after seven of eight events so far this season (missed St. Pete).