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DATE News (chronologically)
04/18/10
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Hinchcliffe takes first GPLB Indy Lights win
James Hinchcliffe
James Hinchcliffe had some fancy new shoes with the word "stop" and "go" on the left and right foot respectively. It seemed he only needed the right foot today though as he won the Indy Lights race at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, essentially unchallenged.

Hinchcliffe took the early lead and was barely challenged at the start, with all kind of shuffling and dicing going on behind him, including an amazing rear-snap/slide by Junior Straus that he caught and brought a loud collective "Ooooh" to the crowd, with a superhuman save, and still making the turn-in for turn one, and getting by Tonis Kasemets a couple of turns later.

Tonis is putting in a strong performance this weekend, having never ever caught the scent of an Indy Lights car.

After an early yellow that had Straus dropping out from contact, Hinch kept the lead with Kimball seeming to simply bide his time in second for a while, with Vernay right behind.

Hinchcliffe started to stretch out his lead around the halfway mark as Vernay started to harass Kimball a bit, slowing the both of them down in the fight.

The order remained more or less static with 11 laps to go, when the yellow came out on Campos Jr. clouted the outside wall in turn one.

Action resumed on lap 38, with another incident in turn 2 that brought the yellow right out again.

The green didn't come back until there were but 4 laps to go. Kimball managed to draw in on Hinchcliffe and have a look or two, but not enough to make a move. He got a great launch out of the hairpin and took a look down the inside but still couldn't make a solid move.

Another yellow came out with an overly optimistic move back in the pack, setting up a white/green flag finish with Hinchcliffe taking the win, follow by Kimball, and Vernay on the podium.

Rank No Name Laps Gap Diff Best Lap Best Lap Time Comment
1 2 James Hinchcliffe 45 --.---- --.---- 28 1:15.3235
2 26 Charlie Kimball 45 0.8370 0.8370 29 1:15.3320
3 7 JK Vernay 45 0.3921 1.2291 21 1:15.3439
4 29 Sebastian Saavedra 45 1.6835 2.9126 29 1:15.4594
5 27 Martin Plowman 45 1.5609 4.4735 29 1:15.3546
6 35 Tonis Kasemets 45 6.2023 10.6758 23 1:16.0655
7 49 Philip Major 45 1.1552 11.8310 8 1:16.2091
8 11 Pippa Mann 45 0.3253 12.1563 19 1:16.2943
9 37 Niall Quinn 45 5.6836 17.8399 24 1:16.7771
10 4 Carmen Jorda 45 1.8802 19.7201 27 1:17.0297
11 5 Joel Miller 45 0.9252 20.6453 25 1:16.7579
12 77 James Winslow 43 2 laps 2 laps 30 1:16.1421 Contact
13 40 Dan Clarke 39 4 laps 6 laps 14 1:16.1250
14 10 Gustavo Yacaman 37 2 laps 8 laps 28 1:16.1515 Contact
15 22 Adrian Campos Jr 33 4 laps 12 laps 18 1:16.2835 Contact
16 18 Rodrigo Barbosa 27 6 laps 18 laps 12 1:18.0755 Handling
17 28 Stefan Wilson 21 6 laps 24 laps 12 1:16.0575 Electrical
18 6 Junior Strous 9 12 laps 36 laps 5 1:16.7300 Contact

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1:03:41.4082
Winners average speed:  83.429
Margin of victory: 0.8370 of a second
Cautions: 4 for 8 laps
Lead changes: 0
Lap Leaders: Hinchcliffe 1-45
Point Standings: Vernay 140, Kimball 112, Hinchcliffe 99, Plowman 90, Saavedra 85, Wilson 76, Yacaman 68, Major 62, Winslow 59, Mann 59.

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