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Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race Report


The Verizon IndyCar Series headlined the day at the legendary speedway. SPM teammates James Hinchcliffe and James Jakes started the 82-lap race in P13 and P20, respectively.

A first-lap, multi-car incident caused some minor damage to the front wing of Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Electronics car. He pitted early to change to new red tires and get a new front wing.

The remainder of the race ran caution free and for much of it, both Hinchcliffe and Jakes were on the same fuel strategy. Jakes was the race leader for laps 22-24, with Hinchcliffe leading just past the halfway point. Both teams were confident that a top-five finish was on the horizon.

Unfortunately, the high volume of laps under green lead to an altered strategy and didn’t play out as the team intended. Hinchcliffe finished in P12 and Jakes in P18.

“Obviously not the result that we wanted,” said Hinchcliffe. “We got caught up in that first-corner melee and lost the front wing. From there we were just playing catch-up. The Arrow car was wicked quick – I think we had one of the quickest laps of the race – I really just wish we had a chance to show it.

“We took a gamble on strategy to try and get back up there, and ultimately the yellow never came. We’ve had a couple lucky yellows this year so we can’t be too upset. We’ll take it and move on to the next one. Great job by the boys in the pits and again, getting the car better in race pace, it was awesome.”