James Hinchcliffe takes chaotic IndyCar triumph

James Hinchcliffe prevails as IndyCar's first visit to New Orleans ends in a timed race

James Hinchcliffe prevails as IndyCar’s first visit to New Orleans ends in a timed race

Canadian James Hinchcliffe claimed his fourth career IndyCar victory in a wet and wild race at Nola Motorsports Park in New Orleans.

Run in sodden conditions, Hinchcliffe benefitted from a string of caution periods to coast over the line under yellow, running out of fuel after the chequered flag.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Hinchliffe beat Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves with the second SPM Honda of James Jakes filling the final podium spot.

It was a red letter day for Simona de Silvestro (Andretti Autosport) who scored her best career finish in fourth ahead of opening round winner Juan Montoya.

Chip Ganassi driver Tony Kanaan was sixth ahead of Will Power.

The fourth Team Penske runner Simon Pagenaud was involved in a nasty incident late in the race which ensured the event went to a timed finish.

Sebastien Bourdais had a lucky escape after Ryan Hunter-Reay's machine slammed into the the Frenchman

Sebastien Bourdais had a lucky escape after Ryan Hunter-Reay’s machine slammed into the the Frenchman

The crash saw Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Sebastien Bourdais all eliminated.

Bourdais had a lucky escape from serious injury as Hunter-Reay’s car momentarily lifted off the ground striking the tub just behind the Frenchman’s head.

Hunter-Reay said: “Pagenaud is on my right I’m using my regular racing line and there’s no more room. I don’t know what he was doing out there.

“It’s certainly a racing incident.”

But Pagenaud was a little more stern with his take on the incident.

“It was side-by-side. But it seems like its his (Hunter-Reay’s) track and he runs me off,” Pagenaud said.

“It’s really bad for Sebastian and to me it’s not a good move.”

The IndyCar Series moves to Long Beach for the next round from April 17-19.

Result: Round 2 IndyCar Series, NOLA Motorsports Park, New Orleans

1

James Hinchcliffe

Dallara/Honda

47

1:47:19.4896s

2

Hélio Castroneves

Dallara/Chevrolet

47

0.4279

3

James Jakes

Dallara/Honda

47

0.8452

4

Simona de Silvestro

Dallara/Honda

47

1.2924

5

Juan Pablo Montoya

Dallara/Chevrolet

47

1.7564

6

Tony Kanaan

Dallara/Chevrolet

47

2.2638

7

Will Power

Dallara/Chevrolet

47

3.0958

8

Graham Rahal

Dallara/Honda

47

4.3495

9

Josef Newgarden

Dallara/Chevrolet

47

5.7352

10

Luca Filippi

Dallara/Chevrolet

47

7.2115

11

Scott Dixon

Dallara/Chevrolet

47

7.8421

12

Carlos Muñoz

Dallara/Honda

47

9.0899

13

Marco Andretti

Dallara/Honda

47

9.7817

14

Charlie Kimball

Dallara/Chevrolet

47

15.7221

15

Gabby Chaves

Dallara/Honda

46

1 Lap

16

Carlos Huertas

Dallara/Honda

46

1 Lap

17

Stefano Coletti

Dallara/Chevrolet

44

3 Laps

18

Sage Karam

Dallara/Chevrolet

44

3 Laps

19

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Dallara/Honda

43

Contact

20

Simon Pagenaud

Dallara/Chevrolet

43

Contact

21

Sébastien Bourdais

Dallara/Chevrolet

43

Contact

22

Takuma Sato

Dallara/Honda

39

Mechanical

23

Francesco Dracone

Dallara/Honda

23

Contact

24

Jack Hawksworth

Dallara/Honda

19

Contact

Points standings

1

Juan Pablo Montoya

84

2

Hélio Castroneves

74

3

Will Power

70

4

James Hinchcliffe

65

5

Tony Kanaan

63

6

Simona de Silvestro

44

7

James Jakes

43

8

Graham Rahal

43

9

Luca Filippi

42

10

Simon Pagenaud

41

11

Josef Newgarden

40

12

Sébastien Bourdais

37

13

Ryan Hunter-Reay

37

14

Marco Andretti

37

15

Scott Dixon

34

16

Carlos Muñoz

34

17

Jack Hawksworth

31

18

Gabby Chaves

28

19

Takuma Sato

25

20

Charlie Kimball

25

21

Stefano Coletti

23

22

Sage Karam

23

23

Carlos Huertas

20

24

Francesco Dracone

14

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