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The Mayor’s race ends on first lap

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Dual in Detroit Race 2 goes to veteran Will Power for 26th career IndyCar victory

Detroit, June 5, 2016 – Unfortunately, The Mayor, James Hinchcliffe, was a victim of the first track incident when Charlie Kimball cut off Carlos Munoz at the race’s first turn, forcing the Colombian driver into Hinchcliffe and the latter into the wall, effectively ending his race.

“A silly racing incident ruined our day. The ARROW Electronics car had a reasonable start. Charlie Kimball and Carlos Munoz were going at it and we were just victims of circumstance there, not a whole lot more to say.,” Hinchcliffe said.

“When you start back there (seventh row)  you open yourself up to stuff like that. In the future, we will focus on making sure we don’t start back there, start up front and finish up front like we should and that way we’re not back in the mess. It’s just an unfortunate missed opportunity because the car was quick all weekend and we got two races with very little to show for it, so I’m gutted for the guys and everyone at ARROW but if we know how to do one thing it’s come back, so we will be back at Texas next week stronger than ever.”

On an afternoon where there were several incidents, Will Power outlasted the field and claimed Race 2 of the Dual in Detroit Sunday, finishing ahead of Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay for his first victory of 2016.

Others involved in track incident or experiencing mechanical failures that finished their race included Juan Pablo Montoya,  Jack Hawksworth and Max Chilton.

Sebastien Bourdais, who won the second race last year (Carlos Munoz won the first) battled Conor Daly to the checkered flag Saturday, 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. Bourdais finished eighth on Sunday.

This 70 lap race (164.5 miles), the eighth event on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar schedule, was the second of two races, back-to-back, in Belle Isle Park, Detroit. Full race results are available on IndyCar.com.

The next race on the Verizon IndyCar schedule is the Firestone 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday June 11, for an 8:00 p.m. start on the Forth Worth, Texas, super oval.  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.

Off-track action — It is always exciting to see young fans win the Hinchtown HandMeDown scavenger hunt.  Held in collaboration with IndyCar, this social media scavenger hunt sees an exclusive “Coin” for each race (photo attached) hidden around the track on race day. Photo clues of the location are presented on James Hinchcliffe’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter account. The finder of the Coin Drop can then take their coin to the Indycar Merchandise Tent where they are presented with a prize pack!  This weekend, only one photo was required by Mandolin (@M8ndolin) to discover the coin. And looking at his cap, t-shirt and the helmet in his hands, congratulations are in order for this James Hinchcliffe #5 Arrow car die-hard fan.

For more information, please contact:

Raluca Melniciuc                                             Paul Vaillancourt III
Torchia Communications                              Torchia Communications
raluca@torchicom.com                                  paul@torchiacom.com
Tel.:   647-638-3106 cell.                               Tel.:  514-996-6224 cell.

                                                                            

Mandolin (@M8ndolin) showing the coveted coin and the merchandise he chose in the IndyCar Merchandise tent.
Handmedown winner

Belle Isle