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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Race Report



Leeds, AL – April 26, 2015 –
 James Hinchcliffe earned a seventh place finish after an exciting Honda Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday afternoon. The Canadian driver is now tied for sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship points.

During Saturday’s qualifying session, Hinchcliffe advanced to round two of the Firestone Fast Six format and earned a tenth place spot on the starting grid for the race. Teammate James Jakes narrowly missed the second round but ran a solid enough lap to start the race in P14.

Both drivers were running a solid pace at the beginning of the 90-lap competition. Just before the first caution of the race, Hinchcliffe made a pit stop. He ran head-to-head with Graham Rahal, keeping pace with the race leaders. He got caught in slower traffic several times but fought hard to stay near the front of the field.

“The race was pretty good for the Arrow Electronics team,” said Hinchcliffe. “We were able to pick up a couple of spots, obviously. The pace of the car was really good and I think the guys called the right strategy for where we started. We were missing in one area: we just didn’t quite have it on the brakes today, unfortunately. That allowed Graham to stay in front of us while he was on blacks and it really got us stuck behind those Coyne cars for way too long.

“When you look at where Graham finished, we were right with him there. Obviously we missed a bit but strategy was good, car was good and like I said, if we’d just had a little bit more on the brakes, I think we could’ve made some good headway. We stayed out of trouble, had a good points day and we’ll take it. We get faster and faster, more and more competitive in these races and that’s what we need to see. A big thanks to all the Arrow crew guys for a solid weekend and we look forward to the GP of Indy now.”