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IndyCar’s James Hinchcliffe on Pocono’s tough course


LONG POND, Pa. — Hey, everyone. Hinch here, writing again (finally!) after another long but welcome pause in the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Now we hit the home stretch, a four-race sprint to the finish that’ll unfold in less than a month’s time. It all starts Sunday with the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, a 200-lap feature that frays equipment and nerves like no other. Be sure to catch it at 3 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN if you can’t make it up here in person (which I always strongly encourage).

But before we get into this weekend, let me catch you up on some of the things that have happened since I last checked in. First, there was the race at Mid-Ohio, a bit of a roller coaster weekend all around for my Schmidt Peterson teammates and our No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda machine. Practice started smoothly enough. But then in qualifying, the clouds moved in, and the plot thickened. Anticipating rain, we made a gamble on tires that got us all the way up to second on the grid for a time.

Ultimately, we settled into ninth position, a result that had us feeling pretty confident going into the race. But then right as we set off, for a combination of different reasons, we lost the balance in the car and fell back a ways. What’s worse, we were caught out by an early yellow, which dropped us farther down—to damn near last. Adding insult to injury, when we did finally get the opportunity to come in for service, I was caught speeding in pit lane and was sent to the very end of the line as a consequence.

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