Hinchcliffe and his 2013 season

Two wins, and a tough middle to the season. What does James Hinchcliffe think of his season so far.

James Hinchcliffe started this season off on the perfect foot, taking home two wins in his young career before the month of May rolled around.

Now, with the monkey off his back, 'Hinch looks back on those two wins, and talks about his season so far.

Hinchcliffe won his first IndyCar race at St. Pete on a weekend he called relatively straight forward.

"The race itself was in a lot of ways relatively straight forward in that we qualified near the front and we ran up in the top three all day, I think with the exception of losing one spot on one pit stop, we just took advantage of some other guys mistakes and made very few of our own. At the end of the day we were able to knock off that first win," said Hinchcliffe.

James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet with his girlfriend Kirsten Dee
James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet with his girlfriend Kirsten Dee

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

"There was a lot of pressure coming into the season to get that win, and I think that doing it early in the the was a massive relief more than anything and not having to answer that question again. Thats what you have been trying to accomplish for the last 16 years or whatever it is. It was an emotional day. It was great. It reminded me what its like to win, and it makes you want to do it more."

A couple weeks later, Hinchcliffe took home his second win in a dramatic last turn, last lap pass on Takuma Sato in the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Canadian was visibly excited over the win and said he was shocked the opportunity presented itself after having a dismal day.

"The race in brazil was not going straightforward at all. At one point we were off sequence, running 22nd and still saving fuel. There was one point in that race where without getting all the information from the pit stand, I was thinking that we really balled this one up, we may as well just call it a day and go home early," said Hinchcliffe.

"The guys knew what they were doing and had us in position."

Hinch said he battled hard with Sato in the laps leading up to the final circuit, but the emotion came from the "most exciting way to win a race."

James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet
James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet

Photo by: Covy Moore

"Even if I had finished second, I would have been happy with that result cause we had such a dismal day. It was a pressure free last few laps. I tried on the second last lap to get Taku and he was having none of it. Then on the last lap I tried and we had our little moment on the backstretch. I figured I would try something else. I broke late, but got it slowed down more and tucked under him cause he went in deep. I couldn't beleive it. I wasn't expecting it to work out like that," said Hinch.

"I made sure it wasn't going to be a side by side drag race to the flag after the moment on the backstretch, I was going to pay him the same courtesy. I made sure we were nose to tail off the corner and that was that. In Sao Paulo, that was pure racing. To come out on top of a last corner last lap win, there are few better ways to win a race."

The Andretti Autosport driver's season took a turn after those wins, struggling to find the top five. Citing the competition in the sport, and difficult racing conditions in Texas for his less-than-stellar finishes, he expects things to turn around soon.

"Indy was its own deal. We certainly didn't have what we needed on race day. The team was capable of being competitive but we missed something that day. That happens in racing. Its a tough thing to accept when it happens on the biggest race of our year," he said.

Victory circle: race winner James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet gets a hug from Ryan Huntery-Reay, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet
Victory circle: race winner James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet gets a hug from Ryan Huntery-Reay, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet

Photo by: Mike Geng

"This is a really good Sunday team. When push comes to shove and we have to make decisions on race days, there is nobody better than the Andretti guys."

The 27-year-old says he is very optimistic to be running with Andretti Autosport as they are one of the best teams in the sport today.

"We saw the team really come together last year, and that culminated with Ryan winning the championship," said Hinchcliffe.

"If you look back at some of the races last year that we were successful, whether it was our car, Marco's car, end especially Ryan's car, we weren't the quickest guys out there. I don't even think you can argue that for St. Pete or Brazil that we were the quickest car either, the good teams are the Sunday teams that make the right decisions and the right times on race day," Hinch said.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Takuma Sato , Eric Gilbert , James Hinchcliffe , Ryan Hunt
Teams Andretti Autosport
Article type Interview
Tags 2013, canada, crash, hinchcliffe, james, podium, racing, rockyview, sao paulo, st. pete, win