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Hinchcliffe out of the running at Belle Isle Park

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Bourdais repeats as Detroit GP champion with late charge

Detroit, MI, June 4, 2016 — Sebastien Bourdais, who won one of the two races in the annual Detroit doubleheader in 2015, charged to the front with about 10 laps of 70 remaining Saturday to repeat as event champion, holding off young American Conor Daly and Juan Pablo Montoya.

It was a very difficult day for The Mayor, however, as James Hinchcliffe experienced a parts failure on lap 42, which sent him into the tires at Turn 7. His No.5 crew did a great job in fixing his car and he got back out on track, eventually finishing 18th.

Bourdais, who won the second race last year (Carlos Munoz won the first) battled Daly to the checkered flag, fending him off on several occasions for his second Detroit victory at Belle Isle Park, a 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street course raced clockwise. Race distance was 164.6 miles.

“I don’t know what to say really,” James Hinchcliffe said in his post-race analysis. “The Arrow car was really quick and ultimately we had a parts failure that put us into the tires.  It’s an opportunity lost for some solid points. We had a lot of guys we seemed to be ahead of and were keeping pace with a couple of the Penskes which was good because they were the class of the field this week.

“Not a whole lot we can do about that so we’ll regroup. We know we’ve got a quick car and we’ll come out tomorrow charging.” The Mayor had qualified fourth behind three Penskes. Qualifying for the second race will take place Sunday morning, five hours before race time.

It threatened to rain for most of the race, but ended up only spitting intermittently and the weather did not affect the outcome. That might not be the case on Sunday, with solid rain in the forecast.

The 70 lap race (164.5 miles), the seventh event on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar schedule, was the first of two races in Belle Isle Park this weekend Green flag for tomorrow’s second race is set for 3:50 pm ET. Full race results are available on IndyCar.com.

For more information on James Hinchcliffe, please visit www.hinchtown.com, like him on Facebook and follow @Hinchtown on Twitter and Instagram.  For on track activity, please follow @HinchOnTrack on Twitter.

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