James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ontario is heading into the 2013 Indianapolis 500 as a serious contender.
On Sunday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hinchcliffe won his second race of the season by winning the Sao Paulo Indy 300 and moved from tenth to fourth in the 2013 IndyCar standings.
Hinchcliffe started fifth on the started grid yesterday (on the inside of row three) , and won the race despite only placing first on only one of the 75 laps. That lap however was the last lap of the race as Hinchliffe made a brilliant inside pass to move past Japan’s Takuma Sato.
Hinchcliffe showed a great deal of tenacity and resiliency on Sunday. He was in the middle of the pack for a major portion of the race, and was only in fourth place with about ten laps to go. Then Hinchcliffe built up some remarkable speed and passed Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud, before finding his way on Sato’s bumper.
Sato was harshly criticized by the NBC Sports Network for blocking Newgarden and Hinchcliffe in attempts to pass. If Sato had won the race, there might have been some controversy.
On May 26, Hinchcliffe will try to be the second Canadian (after Jacques Villeneuve in 1995) to win the Indianapols 500. Hinchcliffe finished sixth last year. Earlier this season, Hinchcliffe won his first career race in St. Petersburg, Florida.