The mayor of Hinchtown, James Hinchcliffe, has been a fan favorite since his arrival in the IZOD IndyCar Series, but he just never could close the deal. Today, he finally did and won his first IndyCar race in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Hinchcliffe took the lead on the final restart when Helio Castroneves, who dominated the race, when Castroneves misjudged his entry into the wide first turn. Helio would push the limits and gave a good effort, but the black tires out-dueled the red tires and gave Hinchcliffe the win.
Will Power sat in a perfect position to steal a win, but that suddenly ended in a freak accident during the final caution. JR Hildebrand was preparing switches on his steering wheel and wasn’t paying attention to the track and never saw Power slowing down. He ran up on top of the No. 12 Chevrolet of Power and against the outside retaining wall. He would break his suspension and be done for the day. Power would lose track position and would never recover from the incident.
Simona de Silvestro who built a reputation for finishing last last season with the weak engines of Lotus, ran a solid top-5 all day. She was poised for a podium until she lost grip of her tires and would get passed by an eager Marco Andretti. She would go on to finish sixth.
Winner: Hinchcliffe | 2nd Place: Helio Castroneves | 3rd Place: Marco Andretti
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