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Des Moines Register Blog Entry 3: My ‘sciency’ guys deserve all the credit

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James Hinchcliffe blog: My ‘sciency’ guys deserve all the credit

 Jun. 23, 2013   |

James Hinchcliffe became the fourth straight Andretti Autosport driver to win at Iowa Speedway.

James Hinchcliffe became the fourth straight Andretti Autosport driver to win at Iowa Speedway. / Mary Chind/The Register

This is the last of three blogs for The Register by James Hinchcliffe, 26, who drives the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Go Daddy Chevrolet/Dallara. When not winning IndyCar races, he’s the mayor of his own pretend town, which features a video of him riding an automatic dog-washer.

I’d tell you all the secrets Andretti Autosport has to winning races at Iowa Speedway, but then I’d have to kill you. None of us wants that. It would require too much paperwork.

 

Seriously, though, I’m thrilled with Sunday’s win at the Iowa Corn Indy 250. It’s only coincidence that I won here while writing a blog for The Des Moines Register. Or was it?

 

The truth is, Michael Andretti’s team has won four consecutive races at this track, which is a phenomenal run for any team. The crazy thing is that they’ve done it over a span of two different generations of cars. They won twice with the old car, and now they’ve won twice with the new car. The two cars are completely different animals, so it’s an impressive feat of engineering.

 

It proves that there are some incredibly smart people on this team who know a lot of sciency stuff about making a race car run as fast as possible at a particular track. Honestly, I just drive the thing and tell them what it feels like. They make some adjustments, and it goes even faster.

 

When we needed the GoDaddy car to be awesome Sunday, it was. We didn’t have many yellows, either, which really helped us to keep the lead. As long as I was ahead of everyone else, the car was fast and invincible, and I owe that to the sciency guys who don’t get much of the credit.

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http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130623/SPORTS/130623027/James-Hinchcliffe-blog-My-sciency-guys-deserve-all-the-credit