It was a successful day for Andretti Autosport on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil as GoDaddy driver James Hinchfcliffe captured his second career victory behind the wheel of the No. 27 Chevrolet.
Starting from the fifth grid position and enduring a series of restarts, the Canadian moved from third to second with just three laps to go and made the final move on the last turn to take the lead. Hinchcliffe now sits fourth in the championship points standings.
"There's no cooler way to win a race than the last corner of the last lap," said Hinch. "Heluva job that Takuma (Sato) did to be up there, and man, he was making his car really wide, he'd been defending the inside pretty well – almost too well a couple of times. He just out-broke himself a little bit. I know he was going to go deep, and we did the high-low and got the win. Awesome job for GoDaddy, Andretti (Autosport) and everybody."
GoDaddy CEO, Blake Irving commented on the Toronto native's second win of the season. "It's great to see such drive and determination even when the odds are against you. It's one reason why Hinch represents GoDaddy and our customers so well."
Teammate Marco Andretti had a productive day in the No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet, capturing a third-place podium finish and his second podium of the 2013 season. Andretti started 10th and stayed consistent throughout today's race.
"It was a lot of fun. It was dicey at some points. Really it was just about conserving the push-to-passes for when it counts," said Andretti. "At the end, I was kind of using it when people weren't expecting me to use it so I could kind of snooker them. Looking from practice one, I'm quite pleased with where we ended up today."
Coming into the Sao Paulo Indy 300 fourth in the championship points standings, the third-generation driver now sits second only 13 points behind Takuma Sato.
Earning his best career qualifying position of second place and his first appearance in the Firestone Fast Six this season, E.J. Viso started today's race on the front row next to teammate and pole winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. The Venezuelan native fought to the end of the 75-lap race to finish in sixth place.
"Finishing sixth is not really what we expected. It was a race full of surprises, and unfortunately that last stop was not for us. Luck was not on our side; we pitted right before the yellow came out and it didn't play in our favor," said Viso. "I'm very happy for James' second win and Marco's podium. It's something that only gives us confidence as a team to keep working hard for the next races."
Hunter-Reay started today's race on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil from the pole position, his second of the season. Hunter-Reay suffered from a flat tire and was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop costing him valuable track position.
"Extremely disappointing today. Absolutely had the car to win. Guys gave me a great, great car…the pit stops were awesome. Definitely needed to capitalize on this opportunity, but we got a flat tire about halfway through the race which pretty much sidelined us, " said Hunter-Reay. "We pit super early on the last stop, had to save fuel the remainder of the race. I was lifting halfway down the straightaway so… we were wounded and stayed that way. Happy for the teammates – James on the win and Marco on the third."
The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series Champion came to the twin checkers in 11th and currently sits sixth in the championship points standings.
The team's racing cargo will be packed up tonight and make the voyage back to Indianapolis, just in time for crews to load into the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway where we will spend the next two and a half weeks preparing for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Kicking off our month of May, will be a test at IMS with NASCAR champion Kurt Busch. Busch will take the wheel of the Andretti Autosport No. 1 DHL Chevy Thursday with Michael Andretti present to guide him through the day. Follow all the testing via Twitter using hashtag – #IndyOutlaw.
The Indy 500 gets into full swing with Opening Day on Saturday featuring both veteran practice and rookie orientation, track activity starts at noon. Practice continues through the week before Pole Day on May 18. Andretti Autosport had two cars start on the front row of the 2012 Indy 500 and will make qualifying attempts with a five-car effort this year as Carlos Munoz joins the IndyCar stable for the 500-mile race on May 26.
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