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article imageIndyCar: Hinchcliffe wins one he will ‘remember for a long time’

By John Duarte     May 5, 2013 in Technology
SÃO PAULO, Brazil – James Hinchcliffe waited for just the right moment before making his move to win his second race of the IZOD IndyCar Series season, on Sunday afternoon in Brazil.
Hinchcliffe, who won the series’ opening race of the season on the streets of St. Petersburg (Florida), entered the final turn of the street circuit with only two things in front of him. He got around the first, Takuma Sato, and headed for the second, the finish line, to win the São Paulo Indy 300.
“To win a race in the last corner of the last lap is one of the coolest feelings,” said Hinchcliffe. “It’s races like this that people remember. It was a good show right from the start of the race till the end. I think to make the last-corner pass, that’s something I’ll remember for a log time.”
The first races of 2013 have been like a season of opposites for Hinchcliffe. He has won two and has not finished the other two. On this afternoon, Hinchcliffe was driving with determination, especially in the closing stages of the race. He moved into second place with three laps to go and set his sights on first. Sato held off Hinchcliffe twice, but third time was a charm for the Canadian driver, as he passed Sato and dashed for the checkered flag.
“Takuma was making that race car really wide and was defending the inside pretty well, almost too well a couple of times,” Hinchcliffe said, recalling the final turn of the race. “He just outbroke himself just a little bit and I was able to do a high-low (pass) and got the win.”
Marco Andretti finished third in the fourth race of the current IndyCar season. After the race, he said he is happy with his start and is looking forward to the Indy 500.
“This is what used to be the tough part of the season for me. We’ve been getting good results where I used to struggle, so I’m pleased with that,” he said. “I think right now we’re on par for a great season. We’ve got some good momentum going. We’ve always run well at Indianapolis.”
It wasn’t totally a waste of an afternoon for Sato, who won on the streets of Long Beach (California) two weeks ago. Besides finishing in second place, he leaves Brazil leading the IZOD IndyCar Series. Andretti trails the series leader by 13 points. Third place in the drivers’ standings belongs to Helio Castroneves, who had a disastrous afternoon in his native country and finished 13th in the race. Hinchcliffe sits fourth.
The Indianapolis 500 is the next race on the IndyCar schedule. The 97th version of what is billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing will be run on May 26.
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