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Hinchcliffe Starts The Season Ninth

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Sunday, March 12, 2017

Qualified: 3rd (1:01.3039 – Firestone Fast Six)
Finished: 9th
Standings: 9th (23 points)

Recap:

  • Best start at St. Pete in five attempts
  • Moved to second after first lap
  • Took the lead from Will Power on lap 6 and went on to create a 4 second gap
  • Led 21 laps
  • Yellow flag before Hinchcliffe had pitted caused him to pit under yellow and rejoin the already pitted cars

Quote:
“Honestly a pretty disappointing result. We started on the inside of Row 2, got a good start and slipped into second. Did well on the restart and led pretty much the entire first stint. We had a bit of a tire advantage – we started on the sticker Firestone reds, other guys were on used tires – but from there everything kind of unraveled. The yellow caught us off guard; a bunch of the guys behind us had already pitted, so that kind of put us behind the eight ball. As the race went on, the track wasn’t coming to us as it normally does, so unfortunately it all kind of went wrong for us after the start. A lot to be happy for, a lot of positives though like the pace of the Arrow Electronics Honda. There’s not a whole lot you can do about the way the yellow flags fall – that was a tough break. I think we would have had a solid top five if it wasn’t for that, and that’s something we can build off of heading into Long Beach.”

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Verizon IndyCar Career Results
Starts 90 Top-Five 23
Wins 4 Pole 1
Podiums 11 Laps Led 662
Top-10 46
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Results
St. Pete 3/9
The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series resumes April 7-9, 2017 on the streets of downtown Long Beach. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN & SN360 at 4:30 p.m. ET.