Hinchcliffe takes dominant Iowa victory
24 June 2013 – James Hinchcliffe took a commanding victory at Iowa on Sunday. The Canadian, who now has three race wins to his name this season, took the chequered flag one and a half seconds ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay, who recovered well from an early incident. KV Racing driver Tony Kanaan joined his Andretti rivals on the podium.
"We just had to go off of experience and this all goes to the team," said Hinchcliffe, celebrating his maiden triumph at an oval circuit. "We have a great track record here but this year with so many different things and a day race, everything was different. We were trying to manage a gap on the guys behind us, trying to take care of the tyres. The guys on the stand called it perfectly, and I can’t thank them enough."
Hélio Castroneves was the strongest man on Saturday, before being hit with a ten-place grid penalty for an engine change. Penske team-mate Will Power thus started from pole, but Hinchliffe made a quick getaway to grab the lead. He remained in charge but for the pit-stop phases and a late tussle with Graham Rahal.
Reigning World Champion Hunter-Reay and Rahal initiated the first caution period of the afternoon by colliding on Lap 40, although both men recovered well to claim valuable points at the line. Hunter-Reay ultimately took second behind race winner Hinchcliffe, with Rahal following Kanaan and Ed Carpenter home in fifth place.
Simon Pagenaud was next up in sixth position, just ahead of Oriol Servià and Castroneves. Marco Andretti and E.J. Viso completed the top ten, while pole-sitter Power endured a particularly difficult race to finish three laps down in 17th.
Castroneves continues as the championship leader on a total of 332 points, with Hunter-Reay nine points adrift. Andretti sits 46 points further back in third position.
The IndyCar field will be back in action at Pocono on the weekend of 6-7 July