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IndyCar’s James Hinchcliffe: No beef with Rossi for Iowa Corn 300

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NEWTON, Iowa — Guys: Hinch here, writing to you from deep inside Hawkeye country. I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t it a bit early for a county fair crawl? Yes, it is! But as ever, I’m traveling for Verizon IndyCar Series business. This Sunday we’ll attempt our fourth oval race of the season, the Iowa Corn 300. You can catch it at 5 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN. Or, if you’re in the Des Moines area or planning on passing through, you could join us in the flesh. You won’t be disappointed.

Certainly all of us on the Schmidt Peterson No. 5 Arrow car will be doing our best to make it a memorable experience. You might say we’re a little extra eager to put on a good show after our last start at Road America. The venue was great. The race? Not so much.

It all went south in qualifying, where we got tied up in an unfortunate incident I had with Andretti Herta Autosport’s Alexander Rossi. We were having a problem with the car, but trying to make do. In the process, a couple of cars—Rossi’s being one of them—caught up to me, and it slowed down their fastest laps. The thing is, I was on my fastest lap at the time and pushing as hard as I could through the issues we were having. Yet, I was penalized anyway for going too slow.

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