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Hinchcliffe: Not pitting under final yellow was a “tough call”

Iowa winner James Hinchcliffe admits there was a lot of discussion over the radio with the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team regarding whether to pit under the final caution that fell on Lap 294 of the 300-lap race and stayed out to the checkers. Hinchcliffe took the lead from hitherto dominant leader Josef Newgarden on Lap 256, and would hold it all the way to the checkered flag. However, when Ed Carpenter spun his car on Lap 294 and Takuma Sato knocked the ECR car’s front wing endplate onto the track, the yellow flags emerged. Some drivers – notably Newgarden and Hinchcliffe’s teammate Robert Wickens – went to the pits for fresh tires, but there wasn’t enough time to reorder...
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