‘Hinchtown’ claims third win of season at Iowa

James HInchcliffe

James HInchcliffe

Canadian James Hinchcliffe put in a dominant display to win his third IndyCar race of the season in the Iowa Corn 250.

Hinchcliffe led all but 24 of the 250 laps to record his maiden oval track victory.

The Andretti Autosport driver beat his team-mate and defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay by 1.509s with the Indy 500 champ Tony Kanaan finishing third.

The win enabled Hinchcliffe to leap-frog five positions on the Championship table to be 66 points behind Castroneves.

Ed Carpenter, who had led earlier in the race, finished fourth ahead of Graham Rahal and Simon Pagenaud.

The result leaves the IndyCar series wide open again with Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti finishing eighth and ninth behind Oriol Servia.

Hunter-Reay is second in the Championship behind Castroneves with Andretti in third.

The nine points Castroneves earned in the qualifying heat race has helped to protect his lead as he continues to turn in some consistent top 10 results with Iowa being his sixth in succession.

“We drove as hard as we could today,” said Castroneves. “When they told me I came in eighth, I was like ‘What?’ I certainly felt we had a better car than that. I guess in traffic we got held up coming in and out of the pits, which cost us some positions. The Hitachi car really came alive with about 50 laps to go and it felt great. Maybe it was a little too late for us. But we still have the points lead and we will look for a better result in Pocono.”

 Australian Will Power who had started from the #1 position after Castroneves was relegated to start 11th finished third laps down in 17th place.

Result – Iowa Corn 250

Pos Driver Car/Engine Laps Time/Delay
1 James Hinchcliffe Dallara/Chevrolet 250 1h 30:16.0266
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara/Chevrolet 250 1.5009
3 Tony Kanaan Dallara/Chevrolet 250 1.6891
4 Ed Carpenter Dallara/Chevrolet 250 2.7605
5 Graham Rahal Dallara/Honda 250 3.0201
6 Simon Pagenaud Dallara/Honda 250 6.6654
7 Oriol Servià Dallara/Chevrolet 250 9.7006
8 Hélio Castroneves Dallara/Chevrolet 250 10.6855
9 Marco Andretti Dallara/Chevrolet 250 12.7133
10 Ernesto Viso Dallara/Chevrolet 250 17.6157
11 Justin Wilson Dallara/Honda 249 1 Lap
12 Charlie Kimball Dallara/Honda 249 1 Lap
13 Tristan Vautier Dallara/Honda 248 2 Laps
14 Sébastien Bourdais Dallara/Chevrolet 248 2 Laps
15 Josef Newgarden Dallara/Honda 248 2 Laps
16 Scott Dixon Dallara/Honda 247 3 Laps
17 Will Power Dallara/Chevrolet 247 3 Laps
18 James Jakes Dallara/Honda 247 3 Laps
19 Sebastian Saavedra Dallara/Chevrolet 247 3 Laps
20 Dario Franchitti Dallara/Honda 246 4 Laps
21 Simona de Silvestro Dallara/Chevrolet 243 7 Laps
22 Ana Beatriz Dallara/Honda 183 Mechanical
23 Takuma Sato Dallara/Honda 162 Mechanical
24 Alex Tagliani Dallara/Honda 139 Contact

 Standings 

Pos Driver Points
1 Hélio Castroneves 332
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 323
3 Marco Andretti 277
4 James Hinchcliffe 266
5 Tony Kanaan 253
6 Simon Pagenaud 241
7 Scott Dixon 240
8 Takuma Sato 233
9 Justin Wilson 227
10 Will Power 209
11 Ernesto Viso 203
12 Dario Franchitti 202
13 Ed Carpenter 193
14 Charlie Kimball 193
15 Graham Rahal 182
16 Josef Newgarden 182
17 James Jakes 172
18 Simona de Silvestro 152
19 Oriol Servià 151
20 Tristan Vautier 147
21 Sébastien Bourdais 133
22 Alex Tagliani 117
23 Sebastian Saavedra 116
24 Mike Conway 97
25 J.R. Hildebrand 79
26 Ana Beatriz 72
27 A.J. Allmendinger 65
28 Ryan Briscoe 63
29 Carlos Muñoz 54
30 Pippa Mann 14
31 Conor Daly 11
32 Townsend Bell 10
33 Buddy Lazier 8
33 Katherine Legge 8

 

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