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The Mayor passes 13 cars to finish ninth


Josef Newgarden wins the Iowa Corn 300

Newton, IA, July 10, 2016 –  Sitting in second at race start, and nursing injuries suffered in a spectacular crash at Texas, Josef Newgarden jumped pole sitter Simon Pageneaud  from the get-go and ran away with the Iowa Corn 300 on the Iowa Speedway Sunday afternoon, in the fourth oval race of the Verizon IndyCar season to date. Equally as impressive Sunday afternoon was James Hinchcliffe’s performance, finishing ninth after starting at the back of the entire field in 22rd. The Mayor was ebullient in his post-race analysis.

“I think everyone on the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team needs to be pretty pleased with that result. To start shotgun on the field and end up with a top-10 without any lucky breaks is big credit to the team. The car had a lot of pace, the crew did fast stops and I stayed out of trouble. There were very few cautions, not a lot of guys going out and so we were able to just race our way through the field. The car has been good all weekend, other than that issue in qualifying, so it was disappointing to start back there but to work our way back up shows the strength that we had. Congratulations to Mikhail for the top-five, it has been a great weekend for the team.”

On Saturday, The Mayor drew an early qualifying position, which meant he had to contend with rubber on the track from the previous ARCA practice session. That, in part explained his four-lap qualifying average of 175.027, 10 mph behind the leaders.

“It was definitely a less-than-ideal day at the office in the Arrow Electronics car,” he said then. “We had some sort of issue in qualifying and I’m not entirely sure what caused it but for the gap in pace that we saw, there was definitely a major issue.”

Without any real yellows during the race, The Mayor had a fast car and worked his way through the field, stayed out of trouble, and the team turned in some fast pit stops. Hinchcliffe was one of the fastest drivers on the Iowa Speedway, a 7/8-mile (0.894-mile) oval during the race distance of 300 laps or 268.2 miles.

This Iowa Corn 300 was the 11th event on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar schedule. Full results for today’s race are available on

The next race on the Verizon IndyCar schedule, the Honda Indy Toronto, will take place in Toronto on Sunday July 17th at 3:00 PM. The HIT street circuit is a stone throw from the mayor of Hinchtown’s native Oakville. This year’s event will be the 30th edition of Toronto Indy.  For more information

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Off-track action — This week’s Hinchtown HandMeDown scavenger hunt winner, is winnerCatherine (@Racegurlia). According to Catherine’s own words, winning the Hinchtown HandMeDown was an item on her bucket list and James enhanced it with a personal meet & greet before the race. She was a happy client. As every other race, photo clues of the location were presented on James Hinchcliffe’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter account on race day. Catherine then took the special Coin to the Indycar Merchandise Tent where she was presented with a prize pack!

Mayor of Hinchtown to ride the Go Train Wednesday noon in Toronto — James Hinchliffe and Metrolinx invite race fans to ride the Go Train from the Oakville station to the CNE grounds on the 12:56 PM train leaving Oakville on Wednesday noon.  James will meet the fans and riders during the 24 minute ride on the train before getting off at 1:20 PM to meet the press at the CNE stop.

Green Flag Gala to kick-off acitities in Toronto — Thursday night will mark a very special Green Flag Gala as the event will celebrate 30 years of rich racing history in the streets of Toronto. Hosted by Todd Lewis, the Green Flag Gala will feature a live auction with celebrity auctioneer Don Reinhart from Storage Wars Canada and include race items, experiences and locally sourced treasures. Proceeds will support blood cancer foundation Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation of Canada. WMFC was founded by Arlene Hinchcliffe in 2002. WMFC provides funds for research and ongoing support to those affected by WM, a rare blood cancer and cousin of lymphoma. Driver representatives from every series are expected to be in attendance at Hunters Landing to gear up for an exciting race weekend in Toronto.

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