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Dual in Detroit Breakdown

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Andretti Race Reports from the Dual in Detroit

Race #1

GoDaddy driver James Hinchcliffe started today’s 70-lap race from the 20th position and ran as high as ninth before recording a 15th-place finish. He will start Dual Two tomorrow from the 10th position. “Up and down day for us, unfortunately,” said Hinch. “I think that we actually had a pretty decent car. In the first half of the race we were picking guys off and got up to, I think, just outside the top 10 from 20th. I was trying to get by Graham (Rahal) in Turn 3 and we went side-by-side there, and I had to use a lot of curb and ended up picking up a tire on the inside of the thing there. It caused us an early stop which meant we had to stop again for a splash at the end. It’s too bad because the pace was there for a solid top 10 which, after where we started, I would have been happy with. The GoDaddy Chevy just got better and better as the race went on, and hopefully that is a good sign for tomorrow and we can start up in the top 10 now, and take the lessons learned today and just try to keep moving forward.”

 

Race #2

Rolling off the grid from the 10th position, Hinchcliffe was running a steady race when he was caught up in the sixth and final caution of the day after being collected in an incident in Turn 1. The GoDaddy Chevy returned to the paddock for suspension repair and rejoined the race on Lap 41. “The restarts today were a lot slower than yesterday. It was getting a lot more guys packed up and we saw the result. It wasn’t just us… it seemed like every restart someone was getting caught up in something, and I honestly think (the restarts) were just a little bit too slow. One restart we lose a couple places; one restart we gain five and one restart we’re pretty much out of the race. It’s just one of those things when you do double-file restarts on a tight track like this. The GoDaddy car was really good, and we were making progress like we did yesterday. We were moving up and then Will (Power) got tagged and spun, and I thought I had a gap — he started to roll backward and then rolled forward and closed the gap I was aiming for. We went back to the truck and the guys did an awesome job getting the thing fixed. We went back out to try and salvage some points. They did a tremendous job getting the car back in shape; our third lap back out there was our fastest lap of the race at the time. It’s just unfortunate when you see that because we know we had a good race car and we just didn’t get to show it today.”