Hinchcliffe’s Final Lap Pass Beats Sato At Sao Paulo
Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe won his second IndyCar race of the season in thrilling fashion, with a last lap, last turn, pass that moved him to the front of the pack in Sao Paulo at the moment it counted most. Winning by less than half a second, Hinchcliffe was held off in the late going by Takuma Sato until the last moments of the race. Sato repeatedly slammed the door on Hinchcliffe’s passing attempts over the final laps, but couldn’t prevent him from passing on the final turn of the 2.536 mile, 11-turn Brazilian street course at Sunday’s Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300.
“There’s no cooler way to win a race…in the last corner of the last lap,” Hinchcliffe said. “Takuma was making that race car really wide and he was defending the inside pretty well, almost too well a couple times. He just outbroke himself just a little bit and I was able to do a high-low (pass) and got the win.”
Sato, coming off a win two weeks before in Long Beach, will still carry plenty of momentum heading into the Indianapolis 500, on May 26. Helio Castroneves finished third.
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(photo by Chris Jones, courtesy indycar.com)