Chicagoland: Series race report

HINCHCLIFFE WINS THRILLER JOLIET, Ill. - (Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010) - James Hinchcliffe held off Pippa Mann by 0.0159 of a second - the third-closest margin of victory in Firestone Indy Lights history - to win the Chicagoland 100. Mann, who...

HINCHCLIFFE WINS THRILLER

JOLIET, Ill. - (Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010) - James Hinchcliffe held off Pippa Mann by 0.0159 of a second - the third-closest margin of victory in Firestone Indy Lights history - to win the Chicagoland 100.

Mann, who led her first laps of the season in the No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports car, recorded a career-best finish and led three Sam Schmidt Motorsports drivers across the line. Philip Major also posted a career best to finish third and series championship points leader J.R. Vernay was fourth.

Hinchcliffe, who started 13th, was driving the high line and caught Mann on Lap 66 following a Lap 63 restart. It was his third victory of the season (first on an oval).

CHICAGOLAND 100 POST-RACE NOTES:

* Today's win is James Hinchcliffe's first at Chicagoland and third of the season. He won earlier this year at Long Beach and Edmonton. It is his first win on an oval in Firestone Indy Lights.

* The margin of victory of today's race was .0159 of a second. It's the third-closest finish in Firestone Indy Light history. Three of the four closest races in Firestone Indy Lights history have come at Chicagoland Speedway.

* Pippa Mann finished second, a career best finish in Firestone Indy Lights. Her previous best finish was fifth at Infineon two weeks ago.

* Philip Major finish third, a career best finish in Firestone Indy Lights. His previous best finish was sixth in 2009 (Indianapolis, Iowa, Watkins Glen).

CHICAGOLAND 100 POST-RACE QUOTES:

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 2 TMR-Xtreme Coil Drilling, winner Chicagoland 100): "It was tough, I wasn't sure I would have enough. Pippa (Mann) was super strong. At the drop of the green, we had to make up from 13th to first. I sort of went for it with two laps to go and I thought I may have gone a lap too early but I had a really good run off of Turn 2. I was able to get alongside Pippa and side-draft her a bit. She pushed me kind of high and that may have hurt her momentum a bit. Then the same thing off of Turn 4, and we were able to use the angle to run down to the start/finish line. That's Chicagoland racing.

PIPPA MANN (No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsport, finished second): "Hinch and I did some side-by-side racing today and he had an awesome car. When he was right behind me on the last restart, I thought this is the last person I want to see in my mirrors and I mean that in the most complementary way. I had something for everyone out there today but the guy that crossed the line first. My team did an amazing job but at the end of the day, the better guy won the race.

PHILIP MAJOR (No. 49 Sam Schmidt Motorsports, finished third): "Oh man, this is probably one of the craziest tracks I have ever raced at. It's my first time here. I don't remember a lap where we weren't side-by-side and almost banging wheels. It was crazy. In the end, you just have to feel out your car and make adjustments, put yourself in the right place and try to finish at the podium in the end.

J.K. VERNAY (No. 7 Lucas/CJ/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, finished fourth): "I'm really disappointed because we had a chance to win. The last two laps were really odd. I have nothing to say really about this race. The car was great. The team did a great job. The strategy was not good, that's all."

The 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season continues with the Drive Smart. Buckle Up Kentucky 100 on Sept. 4 at Kentucky Speedway.

-source: irl

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Pippa Mann , James Hinchcliffe , Phillip Major