Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway – Saturday, August 26, 2016
Qualified: 10th (two-lap average of 216.262 mph)
Finished: 2nd Standings: 8th (392 points)
Recap: It was an extremely exciting and nerve-wracking ending to the Firestone 600 tonight, with Hinchcliffe being beaten to the line, by Graham Rahal to make it the fifth closest margin in Verizon IndyCar Series history (0.008 seconds).
Hinchcliffe in the No.5 ARROW Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car had led the race since June 12, when it got postponed due to the rain. After 76 days, he picked up from where he left off. Hinchcliffe had a brief side-by-side battle with Ryan Hunter-Reay when the race resumed but once the field settled he started to pull away and dominate the majority of the night. Hinchcliffe had a rocket ship of a car and by the time he made his second stop had lapped the entire field. It wasn’t until the yellow flags started coming out towards the end of the night and the field started getting packed back up that Hinchcliffe’s lead started to be threatened. With a car built for long runs, the short laps between yellow’s wasn’t helping and on the final restart with nine laps to go, things got extremely exciting. They started running three and then four wide (Rahal, Castroneves, Kanaan) with no one able to pass Hinchcliffe. However on the final lap, Rahal started battling him and unfortunately on the final turn passed him and to nip him to the line and Hinchcliffe, devastated finished second.
Quote: “It was a tough finish, for sure,” said Hinchcliffe. “It was a great race. The Arrow Electronics car was just a rocket ship. We built the thing to be good over a tire stint, which is always the name of the game here in Texas. Tire degradation is key. “We haven’t had a late-finish, three-wide battle here in Texas since 2011. It was tough. We kept a lot of guys at bay. Like I said, we really built the car for long runs and on those restarts we kept them at bay a couple times but ultimately, Graham [Rahal] and TK [Tony Kanaan] stopped for tires and I think that was kind of the difference maker. “It’s a tough call but huge credit to the Arrow Electronics boys because the car really was a rocket and congrats to Graham. It’s a lot of fun racing up there with those guys and I think we put on a much better show for the fans than we would’ve if we were leading by half a straight. We’d have liked it better but we’re here to put on a good show.”
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The penultimate round of the Verizon IndyCar Series is next for Hinchcliffe. The INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen, Sept 1-4, will be broadcast live on NBCSN & SN360 from 2:00 p.m. ET (Green Flag at 2:37 p.m. ET).