Passing is always tough on street circuits in the NTT IndyCar Series. With how much quality the field is from top to bottom too, it’s difficult to make moves. Combined that with this weekend’s street course being one of the shorter ones in length and you get a race in the Honda Indy Toronto as one that would take a lot of work to move forward.
When the top five starters all started – 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 3rd respectively, it’s saying something. But, what about the sixth place finisher?
Well, he started 14th. Yes, James Hinchcliffe was one of the biggest movers of the race improving eight spots to a sixth place run in his No. 5 Honda. While his top five streak comes to an end in Toronto, he gave his hometown fans something to cheer about still as he was constantly making moves all race long.
“Obviously, the tire strategies across the board were pretty identical,” said Hinchcliffe after securing his sixth top 10 finish of the season. “The fuel strategy was pretty identical. There were no yellows to close the gaps and give us a chance on restarts. So, from starting 14th, picking up eight spots to finish sixth is a pretty solid day. The Arrow car was really strong and the guys were good in the pits. We had to save a little more fuel at the end there than other guys, so I didn’t have enough to attack (Felix) Rosenqvist there, but honestly, from where we started, to how the day played out, I think we can be pretty proud of that.”
Now, Hinchcliffe heads to Iowa, the site of his last win as he is the defending race winner of the Iowa 300. He carries two straight top seven finishes with him too.