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There was some slow traffic and bad timing in qualifying which led to the 20th place qualifying position on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama for the 2013 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The bad luck continued in the first lap of the race where James got bumped causing damage to his rear tire. On the way back to the pit the wheel fell off altogether. The Series made the decision to wait until the next yellow to get the #27 machine back to the pit, a yellow that never came.
The crew waiting with James were so amazing and were looking for any opportunity to assist Mayor Hinch to get back in the race. James said these guys were amazing and were really trying to help him. Unfortunately he was left to bake in the sun, and there was nothing he could do but wait…..and wait…..and wait….and wait.
Over the radio….” We may not have had the best day at work, but we still have the best job in the world”
Mr. Mayor, go get ’em in Long Beach!
Andretti Autosport Race Report:
Following his first career win at St. Petersburg, James Hinchliffe looked poised to establish himself as the man to beat in 2013, but unfortunately a tough result in qualifying and a first lap incident ended his day early. Heading into Turn 8 on the opening lap, Graham Rahal bumped into the back of Oriol Servia, who then ran into James. Although nothing broke immediately, something broke in the left rear shortly thereafter, and James lost drive. The safety crew began to tow the No. 27 Go Daddy Chevy towards pit lane, but a tire rolled off at Turn 5. The series made the decision to leave Hinch behind the wall and would tow him back at the next yellow; that yellow never came. “Certainly not the race that we wanted, but it wasn’t really our weekend at all,” said a frustrated mayor of Hinchtown. “It’s too bad because I think the strategy we had with the tires was going to be a good one, and obviously the car was strong with Ryan bringing home the win. It sucked to have to sit there – praying for a yellow, staying in the car, hoping we’d get the car back to the pits and maybe salvage a position or two. But ultimately it didn’t work out for us.” Hinchcliffe will still remain among the top of the charts in the points chase, but gave up a good amount of ground with his 26th-place finish. Still, James looks forward to ridding the demons at Long Beach, where he recorded his first top-five finish in 2011. “There’s nothing else you can do at this point – put it behind us and move on to Long Beach, and try to put the Go Daddy car into a better position.”
Courtesy of Andretti Autosport