INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday afternoon, James Hinchcliffe didn’t think he’d be in this situation. Hinchcliffe, missed the entire opening Verizon IndyCar Series practice session after a mechanical malfunction on his No. 5 Arrow Honda. It took so long to fix, he missed the first 10 minutes of the second practice as well.
Now, Hinchcliffe heads back to his bus at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the heels of his first podium finish since his win at NOLA over a year ago.
Talk about a tale of two completely different weekends for the Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports driver.
Hinchcliffe rebounded nicely, as he started his car third for today’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and ran inside the top five almost the entire race. That led to him finishing third on a cloudy and unseasonably cold Saturday afternoon at the 2.439-mile road course, as this is a great sign of what’s to come from the popular Canadian driver.
Now, Hinchcliffe has a ton of momentum heading into the Indianapolis 500, as his podium was his third straight top 10 finish as he came home eighth at Long Beach and sixth at Barber.
Improving in each race of the five races so far this season, has him hopeful of an even better improvement in two weeks. He improved one spot from the first to the second race. He then improved 10 spots from the second to third. After that, he improved another two spots from the third to fourth race and now three more spots from the fourth event to fifth today.
All he needs now is two more spots higher in 15 days. If he can accomplish that, Hinchcliffe would be the winner of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Wouldn’t that be the story of the year after that scary crash last May 18?