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RACE #1 – Saturday
Starting from the 13th grid spot in the No. 27 Chevy, GoDaddy driver and hometown favorite James Hinchcliffe recorded his career best Indy Toronto finish today when he took the twin checkers from the eighth position; however, he will record a seventh-place finish due a post race penalty assigned to Dario Franchitti. Hinch will start tomorrow’s race from 12th.
“It was a dog fight out there today,” said The Mayor. “This place is so tough and this series is so competitive. To start 13th and pick up a couple spots to finish eighth in the GoDaddy car – I’m happy with that. We weren’t the quickest car out there by any means but we fought through a couple that were thrown at us. We got hit on that second to last restart, the guys were great in the pits, the strategy was good and the good news is we have another chance to try tomorrow, get the car a little better and see what we can do. Top 10, thanks to the fans for all their support, it was awesome out there today – I’m upset we couldn’t do the standing starts, I was looking forward to that but maybe another day.”
RACE #2 – Sunday
James Hinchcliffe qualified his GoDaddy Chevy into the 11th starting position for today’s second round of races on the streets of Toronto; however, made his race start from pit lane following a mechanical failure. Moments before the 24-car field rolled off pit lane to prepare for IndyCar’s first standing start, the throttle pedal on the No. 27 stuck, preventing the car from shifting into gear. The GoDaddy crew quickly returned to the pit box and replaced the failed part. Hinchcliffe took the green flag three laps down and recorded a 21st place finish.
“The throttle stuck (on the start) – it’s pretty simple. I was just going through the routine of the standing start, and as soon as I put my thumb on the throttle, it stuck 100% and that was about a minute before they gave the command (to start engines). We tried WD40, but unfortunately that wasn’t the magic fix, and we had to replace the pedal and went three laps down right off the bat. Then we had no yellows to help us out; we ran around in the back all day. Obviously gutted for the team and for GoDaddy, but more than anyone for the fans. It sucks for everyone that came out today… we were hoping for better in my hometown. But we weren’t going to give up – I wanted to go out, finish the race and get any points we could.”