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article imageIndyCar: Hinchcliffe calls Iowa win a team effort

By John Duarte     Jun 24, 2013 in Sports
Newton - James Hinchcliffe was on top of his game on Sunday afternoon in Iowa. He led all but 24 laps and cruised to his first-ever win on an oval, finishing the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Iowa Corn 250 1.5 seconds ahead of the field.
“At the end of the day, the car was solid,” Hinchcliffe said, congratulating his pit crew for their work. “This all goes to the team.”
Hinchcliffe was dominant during the 250-lap Iowa Corn 250 on his way to becoming the first three-time winner this IndyCar season. The Canadian driver won the series’ opening race in St. Petersburg (Florida) and was back in Victory Circle six weeks later, in São Paulo (Brazil). For his third career win, Hinchcliffe said it was a total team victory.
“I can’t believe I led (almost) the whole thing,” he said. “The guys on the stand called it perfectly, and I can’t thank them enough.”
Ryan Hunter-Reay, winner of last week’s winner in Milwaukee, finished second in the Iowa Corn 250 and Indianapolis-500 winner Tony Kanaan was third.
With the IZOD IndyCar Series heading to the Pocono Raceway, in two weeks, and to Hinchcliffe’s hometown, a week after that, the Toronto native was quick to say that the season was far from over, although he likes the way things are progressing after moving up five places in the drivers’ championship.
“We are not going to be in a position to win every race,” Hinchcliffe said. “We still have nine (races) to go and there’s still a lot to play for.”
Helio Castroneves continues to lead the IZOD IndyCar Series standings, but defending champion Hunter-Reay closes within nine points of the leader. Marco Andretti sits in third place overall, 55 points behind Castroneves.
The series’ leader said that he was surprised by ending the race in eighth place. Despite it being his sixth-consecutive Top 10 finish, Castroneves thought he had a better car on the afternoon.
“When they told me I came in eighth, I said ‘What?’ I guess in traffic, we got held up coming in and out of the pits, which cost us some positions,” he said. “We drove as hard as we could today.”
The IZOD IndyCar schedule takes the series to Pennsylvania for the Pocono IndyCar 400, on the tri-oval Pocono Raceway on July 7.
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