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The 2015 Indycar season opener kicked of in St Petersburg. Race day was sunny with a nice breeze and the crowd was ready to watch some racing!
James Hinchcliffe started 16th and fought his way through a caution-filled race on the 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street circuit. An ill-timed caution and a cut tire prevented the Canadian driver from earning the position his No. 5 Arrow Electronics car was capable of.
“It was obviously not the result that we wanted today,” said Hinchcliffe. “I think the car had a lot more pace than we were able to show in the final charts. It was one of those days. We tried to get off strategy early and it looked like it was going to work out for us – there was a bunch of debris on the race track – but race control waited for everyone else to finish their pit stops before they threw the caution, and that really kind of hosed us. That left us back in the mix on a restart where we got hit by Gabby [Chavez], and cut a tire and went a lap down, so from there, you’re kind of on damage control.
“It’s too bad because I think the Arrow Electronics car had a lot more pace in it. Everyone at SPM has been working hard and learning a lot this weekend, and I think that’s the biggest thing at this point. For us, it was as much a test session as a race weekend, being the first time out with the new car. We take a lot out of the weekend and will push forward into NOLA and beyond. I think we’ll come back even stronger next race.”