Hinchcliffe Wins Iowa IndyCar Race

Dixon Retains Points Lead After Disappointing Day

Scott Stiller
July 09, 2018 - 1:53 pm
No. 5 Arrow Electronics Driven By James Hinchcliffe

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Schmidt Petersen Motorsports James Hinchcliffe passed Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden with 45-laps to go and won Saturday’s Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. The win was Hinchcliffe’s first after failing to qualify for the 2018 Indianapolis 500.

“You know, it’s so nice to be back up to after the kind of season that we’ve had, and obviously the month of May that we had,” said Hinchcliffe.  “Josef was just so dominant, I didn’t think we had anything for him. I thought we were kind of running for second and then that last stop, the Arrow crew just nailed it on the stop, gave us a really good change and the car came alive.”

Newgarden led a race high 229-laps but finished fourth after pitting for tires during a late caution. The race never went green and Newgarden lost two spots in the final results, giving up valuable championship points in the process.

“We had a great No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet and for the first half of the race, we had the car to beat,” said Newgarden, the defending series champion.  “And it just fell away from us.  Sometimes you can’t predict exactly what you’re going to need at the end of these things.  Today, we didn’t have exactly what it was that we needed but we’ll come back and try it again.”

Newgarden did gain ground in the championship moving up to second place behind points-leader Scott Dixon, who had an uncharacteristic day and finished 12th in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.  Dixon’s lead is now 33-points over Newgarden after 11 of 17-races.

“The big problem for us was the tire issue toward the end, having the fronts on backward,” said Dixon. “That really put us in a hole and we should have finished better than we did”.

Spencer Pigot finished second in the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.  It’s was Pigot’s best-career finish and first Verizon IndyCar Series podium.

“It feels great,” said Pigot.  “Right from the get-go, we had a good car based on we were getting through traffic. As the stint went on I thought we just got stronger and stronger”.

Rahal, Letterman, Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato finished third in the No. 30 Honda.

“The Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda was super-fast,” said Sato.  “The team did a great job.  We weren’t that good in the first practice after skipping the test here last week, but we came back strong”.

The Verizon IndyCar Series heads North of the border for the next race,  The Honda Indy Toronto, Sunday July 15 at 3 p.m. ET.

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