INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen – Sunday, September 4, 2016
Qualified: 13th (1:24.0477 – Round 1)
Standings: 10th (380 points)
Having been penalized yesterday during round one of qualifying for alledgedly causing interference, Hinchcliffe started 13th. When the green flag was shown today, Hinchcliffe immediately started making amends and it was looking like this could finally be his fairy tale ending after a disappointing weekend. With nine laps complete, Hinchcliffe had gained four spots and continued to keep moving his No. 5 ARROW Electronics car through the field. He was able to pit later than everyone else and after a couple of yellows and a couple of pits stops he was leading the race after 32 laps. He remained inside the top five for the rest of the race, briefly moving to sixth after his final stop on lap 41. Knowing that it was going to be tight with fuel, Hinchcliffe hit every fuel number that his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team gave him. As other drivers started to pit for a splash, Hinchcliffe continued to save and eventually moved to second with just two laps to go. However on the final lap he lost radio communication and was helpless. Not knowing whether he needed to save or not, he frustratingly came to a stop with just a few turns remaining and dropped to 18th.
“It was a frustrating end to a frustrating weekend,” said Hinchcliffe. “I was meeting fuel numbers during the last stint and I could easily have saved more at the end, but I lost the radio on the last lap. I was just cruising because I didn’t know if I needed to save more or not. Either way, I have to give credit to the No. 5 Arrow Electronics crew because the pit stops were on point today and they did what they needed to do. The car had the speed all weekend and hopefully we’ll be able to carry that over to Sonoma.”
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