Sunday, May 22, 2016

Indy 500: James Hinchcliffe takes the pole position

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Canadian IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe brought his Arrow Electronics car into the best location for the 100th running of the Indy 500. Last year's season ended early for James when he had a massive crash during a 2015 Indy 500 practice session. He survived the near fatal crash and fought his way back into the cockpit of the open wheel race cars. James Hinchcliffe holding up #1. -- Photo at top by: Chris Jones

“I came into this month hoping we would have a new story to talk about after what happened last year, and I think we did it,” he said, moments after doing just that, his Mom and Dad hanging on every word. He edged out Josef Newgarden with his four Q lap average of 230.760 mph. bringing a loud roar from the stands at The Brickyard at the checkered flag. Newgarden was next at 230.648, and veteran Townsend Bell was third at 230.481." His parents have once again made the trip down to keep an eye on their son, in much happier circumstances this year.

The Mayor of Hinchtown credits Allen McDonald and the rest of his engineering team with getting him into the spot. James was the top driver in the previous night's qualifier which allowed him to have the final shot at qualifying on Sunday. He says of the 200 lap race, “It’s crazy. Obviously, this race always has more pressure than anywhere else and, it being the 100th, there’s a little more attention as well. Obviously, we’ve done something right as a team. It’s a long race. Ten miles is one thing. You’ve got to hold your breath for that whole thing. But 500 is a very different deal. You’ve got to be patient. You’ve got to breathe. You’ve got to know when to push and when to relax. At least we’ve got a good starting spot, the best starting spot and we can kind of go from there.”

The Indy 500, the fifth event in the current Verizon IndyCar Series, starts at 12:19 pm on Sunday, May 29. Honda Indy Toronto will come to Exhibition Place and the streets of Toronto July 15-17, 2016.

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