Edmonton: Series race report

HINCHCLIFFE WINS ON HOME SOIL EDMONTON, Alberta (Sunday, July 25, 2010) - James Hinchcliffe outdueled J.K. Vernay to claim his second Firestone Indy Lights win in the Edmonton 100. Hinchcliffe, who won his first race on home soil, closed to 55...

HINCHCLIFFE WINS ON HOME SOIL

EDMONTON, Alberta (Sunday, July 25, 2010) - James Hinchcliffe outdueled J.K. Vernay to claim his second Firestone Indy Lights win in the Edmonton 100.

Hinchcliffe, who won his first race on home soil, closed to 55 points of the championship leader Vernay heading to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 8.

Martin Plowman finished third in the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers/KEP Printing car for AFS Racing Andretti Autosport - his season high on a street/road circuit. He's the only driver in the series to finish in the top 10 in all races and the only one to complete every lap.

EDMONTON 100 (Firestone Indy Lights) POST-RACE NOTES:

* This is James Hinchcliffe's second Firestone Indy Lights win. He won earlier this year at Long Beach.

* Both of Hinchcliffe's wins were flag-to-flag. This is the fourth time this season the race winner has lead flag-to-flag (Long Beach, Iowa, Toronto, Edmonton).

* Rookie J.K. Vernay finished second, his seventh podium finish in eight starts this season.

* Martin Plowman finished third, his best road/street course finish in 2010.

* Plowman continues to be the only driver to finish in the top 10 of every Firestone Indy Lights race this season. He is also the only driver to complete every lap of every race in 2010.

EDMONTON 100 (Firestone Indy Lights) POST-RACE QUOTES:

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 2 Xtreme Coil Drilling TMR, winner Edmonton 100): It's obviously a fantastic feeling. It's the first time I've managed to win here in my open wheel career. To get it finally done ---- I've come close a couple times, come close here a couple times. To finally get it feels extra special. That cool--down lap was a lot of fun, seeing all the fans in the stands. And thanks to all them for coming out because it's such a great event. It certainly wasn't easy. JK made me work for it, that's for sure.

J.K. VERNAY (No. 7 Lucas/CJ/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, second): It was a great race with James. Did a great race, no mistakes, nothing for me to pass. Since the start I was behind him. I really tried to push hard and to take him. But he didn't give me a real chance, I have to say. And it was really good. Canada looks good for me. One victory, one second place. So I think it's good. We have to continue like that for the next race and trying to push hard and to work with my engine. But it was great. And just yesterday, I mean, qualifying is really important. And in Toronto I was in front for half a tenth and here I'm behind half a tenth again. So it's racing. And we hope to come back in the first position for the next race.

MARTIN PLOWMAN (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinkles/KEP Printing, third): I think there's a lot of hard work. We're pushing for the first win, trying to hold that consistency, just a one race win. So this year we're just building a lot of momentum with the team and I'm growing confidence all the time with my engineers and we're getting faster. Starting to challenge for the podiums and front rows now. One of these days we're going to get it, I hope.

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 26 Levemir FlexPen, fourth): "It was really good. It was very and a ver physical track. I got hung up behind my teammate and he's driving the same car as me, so there was no way I could pass him. The last five laps, I had a vibration, so I was really just holding on at the end."

DAN CLARKE (No. 40 Wasteco Deans Knight Special, fifth): "It was a good weekend. I'm happy for the top-five finish. It shows how much this team has improved over the last two months."

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The Next IZOD IndyCar Series race is the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Aug 8 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The race will be televised by VERSUS at 3 p.m. (EDT). The next Firestone Indy Lights race is the Mid-Ohio 100 on on Aug 8 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

-source: irl

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , James Hinchcliffe , Martin Plowman
Teams Andretti Autosport