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Qualifying Report: MAVTV 500


James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet

Creator of Hinchtown, James Hinchcliffe, will take the green flag from the middle of Row 4 for tomorrow’s MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. The 500-mile race in the Inland Empire will mark the 50th career start for the Canadian fan favorite. Hinchcliffe recorded a time placing him third-fastest in the morning practice session.

“With the race starting when it does here, the track and temperatures are going to change a lot over the course of the race, and it’s going to be the team that stays on top of that the best, the team that’s there at the end and still in contention to win. For sure if you’re not good at one stage of the race, as long as you’re in the final stint, you can definitely come back from that. I don’t think our qualifying run was quite as quick as it could have been, but a 500-mile race, like I said, you don’t have to start on pole to win this one. We’ll do what we can with the GoDaddy car and hopefully we’ll be there (in the winner’s circle) at the end of 500 miles.”