Newman/Haas Racing race report

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Telemundo Driver Servia Finished Fifth In The Honda Indy Grand Prix Of Alabama; Sprott Driver Hinchcliffe Was Hit While Attempting To Avoid A Multi-Car Crash

Danica Patrick, Andretti Autosport and Oriol Servia, Newman/Haas Racing battle
Danica Patrick, Andretti Autosport and Oriol Servia, Newman/Haas Racing battle

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Oriol Servia, No. 2 Telemundo Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was an exciting race. It's great to finish fifth for the Telemundo team. We had a top-10 finish last week and top-five this week. It's only the second race but we are making big improvements every weekend. It shows what a tremendous job Newman/Haas Racing does and how hard they work. We were consistently strong in each session we got to run and were up to third in the race at one point. You gain in some restarts and you lose in some. It was especially difficult when you were on black Firestone tires and others were on 'reds' and were passing you but I think that makes the race more exciting for us and the fans.

It's a bit of a chess game. There were many starts and restarts that it's almost impossible to recall what happened in all of them. It was fun to race with TK (Tony Kanaan); we've been racing together for many years. He is a tough competitor but he is clean. I knew I had to do my job well because he was going to take any opportunity I would give him to pass me. I just had to focus on not making any mistakes. I am happy for Newman/Haas Racing. This result shows that all of the work the team did over the winter paid off. And a top-five finish is good for our new program with Telemundo. They already sent us a text about our finish so it's good to make them happy."

Newman/Haas deserved better than that today, Sprott deserved better than that today. Just keep you head up and move on to the next one.

James Hinchcliffe

James Hinchcliffe, No. 06 Sprott Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We got off to a rough start. I was hoping to not make too many rookie mistakes and on Lap 1 we went around (spun) and fell to the back but the team got me back on a great strategy; we were down to two stops and I think we were running pretty well. That restart bunched everybody up and we were on red tires and everybody else was on blacks so it was looking pretty good. We were looking at a shot of getting in or around the top-10. On the restart, I think Simona got into E.J. and that wasn't his fault but Day 1 of racing school you learn that when you are spinning you hit the brakes and the clutch and he just hit the gas. I went around the outside of him hoping he would just hit the brakes but he pinned it (hit throttle) and the back end whipped around and took us out. It wasn't his fault (that) he spun; he just put himself in a bad position and ended up taking us out too. It was an unfortunate day for the whole team.

Newman/Haas deserved better than that today, Sprott deserved better than that today. Just keep you head up and move on to the next one."

-credit: nhr

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