James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet
Leading 226 of the 250 laps, James Hinchcliffe came to the twin checkers in first marking his third win of the season – the only driver to have three wins in 2013. The GoDaddy driver clinches his first career oval victory and moves to fourth in the championship points fight.
“It’s Andretti Autosport, baby. These guys have such a great track record here. We knew it was going to be different coming here and racing during the day. We took a couple gambles with the setup and really wanted to be sure it was going to be good in traffic and the turns, man that car was hooked up from the get-go. We pulled away from everybody, had a good race with Graham (Rahal) there in one of those restarts. I lost one of my head pads halfway through the race and thought it was either going to get stuck in the pedal box or fly out and get in the air box, and those last 20 laps were really long just trying to hold on to it. The GoDaddy guys were great in the pits – it’s great to win here at Iowa – there is where GoDaddy started, and man, I’m just so stoked. Thanks to the fans who fought out through the rain and stayed with us. An Andretti Autosport 1-2, I’m so stoked.”
Blake Irving, GoDaddy CEO
“What a great day for Hinch and the entire GoDaddy team. To see him win in Iowa after visiting with our GoDaddy employees there last week makes this one extra special. We love seeing Hinch’s passion and ‘get-it-done’ attitude. It reminds us of our philosophy when it comes to helping customers and it’s just plain fun to watch!”
Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Chevrolet
Crossing the finish line behind teammate James Hinchcliffe, reigning series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay made his fifth visit to the podium this year. Seen as low as 21st after an incident, the Florida resident managed to make his way back up through the field to finish second. Hunter-Reay remains second in the championship points standings, less than 10 points from the leader.
“It was so hard to catch back up to James (Hinchcliffe) and then lapped traffic. It’s one thing if you’re a lap down, but if you’re five laps down or six laps down, just making it tough on the leaders was uncalled for. But hey, we came back from 22nd or whatever we were to finish second. Definitely had the car to win today but just made a mistake there trying to get by Graham (Rahal), keeping my foot in it. The front just had no grip on it when I turned to pop out and pass him. Easy mistake. We had a tough weekend… to come second out of this thing, I’m pretty pleased with that. Good job to James (Hinchcliffe). It was a good day in the points for the No. 1 DHL Chevy – definitely have to be happy about that.”
Marco Andretti, No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet
Running strong the majority of the Iowa Corn Indy 250, Marco Andretti struggled in traffic late in the race. Still able to clinch a top-10 finish in his RC Cola Chevrolet, the third-generation driver remains third in the championship points standings heading into the Pocono INDYCAR 400 – Andretti’s home race.
“It was a total handful when it came to traffic. I’m disappointed we couldn’t get the RC Cola car up there with the teammates but congrats to those two (James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay).”
E.J. Viso, No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevrolet
One of the biggest movers at the start going from 16th grid position to as high as eighth, E.J. Viso brought home the No. 5 Chevy to the twin checkers in 10th, marking the Venezuelan’s fifth top-10 finish this season. The 28-year-old moves up to 11th in the championship points standings.
“It was a pretty up and down race at some points… especially in the beginning of the race we showed tremendous speed, and I thought, at that point, we were going to make it to the front. Unfortunately, in the second and third stint we didn’t have similar speed and I went to the back and recovered again to finish in the top 10. It was not the best weekend for us, even from the beginning. But, I’m happy for my teammates James (Hinchcliffe) and Ryan (Hunter-Reay) who finished first and second.”