Canadian James Hinchcliffe celebrates his second career Indycar victory after a daring last lap pass on Takumo Sato. Credit: Andre Penner/Associated Press

James Hinchcliffe Wins a Thriller In Brazil


For the first time ever, Indycar raced on the streets of Brazil and Will Power was not the one hoisting the trophy at the end of the day. In fact, he wasn’t even running at the end of the race due to an electrical fire on lap 19. The finish was exciting with 3 drivers battling it out for the win with another two not too far behind. Josef Newgarden was searching for his first career Indycar win while both Sato and Hinch were trying to claim their second.

Ryan Hunter-Reay led early on until native Brazillian Tony Kanaan took the lead with an injured hand nonetheless. Unfortunately, mechanical issues destroyed his chances of winning at his home track. After a record 7 cautions, Takumo Sato found himself leading the race and it was just a couple weeks ago at Long Beach that he won his first Indycar event. As he hoped to go back-to-back, Josef Newgarden stalked him hoping to capture his first IZOD Indycar Series checkered flag. Behind them, James Hinchcliffe was closing in fast. He passed Josef with a few laps to go and began to hunt down Sato.

James attempted to pass Sato on the long straightaway before the final corner and was blocked all the way to the inside wall twice in a questionable maneuver by Takumo. Hinch’s second attempt at making the pass was the final lap and he was forced to try to make it work on the outside. He dove down into the final corner and got alongside the #14 as they drag raced to the stripe. Hinchcliffe cleared him and won in spectacular fashion with Sato 2nd, Marco Andretti 3rd, Oriol Servia 4th and Josef Newgarden 5th. Pole sitter Ryan Hunter-Reay finished 11th after leading 16 laps.

Helio Castroneves finished a disappointing 13th after a chaotic day for him but he is still in the points leader by just 6pts over Sato. Scott Dixon is just 10 points behind in 3rd followed by Marco Andretti 12 back and Justin Wilson 18pts behind. Defending IZOD Indycar Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay sits 6th and James Hinchcliffe is 10th with 2 wins. The next race for Indycar is the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. There is an action packed week of practice/qualifying leading up to this historic event scheduled for May 26th.

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