Hinchcliffe threads the needle, then sews up first podium of year
8.3.14 (via motorsportstalk.com) - Today’s Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course could have ended right after it had begun for James Hinchcliffe.
When Tony Kanaan spun out in the middle of the track on the opening corner, the field behind the Brazilian scattered everywhere in a bid to avoid his car.
One of them was Hinchcliffe, who started 17th on the grid and had to “thread the needle” between multiple cars, then avoid Kanaan to his outside at the exit of the turn.
Needless to say, things were pretty tight…
But Hinchcliffe made it out in one piece and even better, he had improved all the way to sixth. The Andretti Autosport driver would rise even further before coming home third in today’s race to claim his first podium finish of the 2014 IndyCar season.
“Obviously, it was nice to finally get a break in the United Fiber and Data car and get on the podium,” he told NBCSN afterwards. “This start was manic, man. I kinda went down into [Turn] 4 there and the seas kind of part before me.
“I feel bad for the guys that got involved in that wreck, but obviously it opened a door for us and we were able to take advantage.”
Hinchcliffe hovered around that sixth place position for the middle stages of the race, but on his final stop at Lap 67, Hinchcliffe was able to come out ahead of pole sitter Sebastien Bourdais in second place.