Newsstand » SPROTT DRIVER HINCHCLIFFE TOOK ROOKIE OF YEAR LEAD WITH FOURTH PLACE IN THE KENTUCKY INDY 300
James Hinchcliffe, No. 06 Sprott Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We were so close to that podium. Obviously starting third was great. We had a good car and a little bit more downforce than the fast guys so I couldn’t lead very well but I could push guys really well. At one point I was pushing Oriol back up to the pack. Near the end there I let Cunningham go by so I could push him up to the pack. Once we were in the pack I think the extra downforce was helping. We had some trouble in the pits today but some things were out of our control like when JR had a problem in front of us in his pit box. But the car was good and we were able to pick those places back off. It was a ton of fun; this is the kind of racing you wanted to see here on the 1.5 milers and it was a great show for the fans.
(On taking the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points lead:) “Certainly it’s nice to go into the last race of the year a little bit up (in points) but at the end of the day there is still a lot that can happen. As you can see JR was ahead of us on track at one point during the day and so many things can happen to throw you off. It just proves how tough these races are; its really about being there at the end. We’ll take it! Obviously I would rather be ahead than behind but there is still another 300 mile race to get through.” ·
FAST FACTS: James earned his best start of the season with third and the best for NHR here…This will be his first race in an Indy car here and third overall. He competed in two Firestone Indy Lights races. In 2009 he started fifth, led two times for a total of 20 laps but finished seventh after a late race spin. He started sixth and finished second in 2010. His highest oval start/finish of the season is fourth at New Hampshire …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 12th with a total of 302 points and took the Sunoco Rookie of the Year lead for the first time this season from JR Hildebrand (296) despite missing the season-opener (missed St. Pete).