James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet
Entering the weekend fourth in the championship points standings, GoDaddy driver James Hinchcliffe started today’s race from the outside of the front row. The Canadian driver’s momentum after a win in Iowa two weeks ago was broken after an on track incident in Turn 3 on the opening lap of today’s 400-mile race. Due to the contact, Hinchcliffe posted a 24th place finish and falls to fifth in the points standings.
“I mean it just snapped, we got loose. We’ve been battling understeer with a hot day. We were planning on the car being a bit more pushy than…I guess it ultimately ended up being. We went a little aggressive on setup. I don’t know, maybe we went too much or what. It’s just so weird. I had a moment almost like that in qualifying, and I guess I used up all my luck/talent saving it then; we didn’t have enough this time. With the downforce level we were running, and the setup that we had, there is just no way I thought that was the kind of accident that would have taken us out especially on lap one especially when the tires are fresh and everything was good. It is devastating, man, to have the GoDaddy car out; Andretti Autosport one-two-three didn’t last too long. I feel bad for the team; the guys worked so hard. Hopefully Marco and Ryan can fly the flag, and try to bring it home for us.”