Iowa IndyCar: James Hinchcliffe unstoppable in Andretti one-two

James Hinchcliffe secured an emphatic win in the IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway

Iowa IndyCar: James Hinchcliffe unstoppable in Andretti one-two

The Canadian crossed the line 1.5 seconds ahead of Andretti team-mate Ryan Hunter-Reay after having led virtually the entire race, with Tony Kanaan making a late-race pass on Graham Rahal to secure third.

Hinchcliffe claimed the lead from polesitter Will Power right at the start, and while the gap to his pursuers fluctuated as the leaders navigated lapped traffic, his claim to the top spot never really looked under threat.

Rahal came closest of anyone, running side-by-side with Hinchcliffe for a couple of laps on a restart before falling back behind the Andretti car.

If Hinchcliffe's race was straightforward, Hunter-Reay's was anything but.

The reigning series champion damaged his front wing when he made contact with Rahal early on, and after stopping for repairs he rejoined in 19th as the last car on the lead lap. But he picked his way back through the field and was back with the lead group with 90 of the 250 laps still to run.

KV's Tony Kanaan recovered from an overheating problem to make a late move on Rahal and pinch the final podium spot, and Rahal lost another place to Ed Carpenter on the final lap.

Carpenter had rolled the dice on strategy and delayed his final visit to the pits in the hope of a late yellow, but a slow stop meant that any advantage would have been neutralised anyway.

It was a long afternoon for many of the traditional big guns. Power spent the race going steadily backwards though the field and finished three laps down in 17th, while Dario Franchitti was never able to get his car hooked up in the first place and was a further lap in arrears in 20th.

Results - 250 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team/Engine           Time/Gap
 1.  James Hinchcliffe    Andretti/Chevy   1h30m16.0266s
 2.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti/Chevy        +1.5009s
 3.  Tony Kanaan          KV/Chevy              +1.6891s
 4.  Ed Carpenter         Carpenter/Chevy       +2.7605s
 5.  Graham Rahal         Rahal/Honda           +3.0201s
 6.  Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt/Honda         +6.6654s
 7.  Oriol Servia         Panther/Chevy         +9.7006s
 8.  Helio Castroneves    Penske/Chevy         +10.6855s
 9.  Marco Andretti       Andretti/Chevy       +12.7133s
10.  EJ Viso              Andretti/Chevy       +17.6157s
11.  Justin Wilson        Coyne/Honda             +1 lap
12.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi/Honda           +1 lap
13.  Tristan Vautier      Schmidt/Honda          +2 laps
14.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon/Chevy           +2 laps
15.  Josef Newgarden      Fisher/Honda           +2 laps
16.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi/Honda          +3 laps
17.  Will Power           Penske/Chevy           +3 laps
18.  James Jakes          Rahal/Honda            +3 laps
19.  Sebastian Saavedra   Dragon/Chevy           +3 laps
20.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi/Honda          +4 laps
21.  Simona de Silvestro  KV/Chevy               +7 laps

Retirements:

     Ana Beatriz          Coyne/Honda           183 laps
     Takuma Sato          Foyt/Honda            162 laps
     Alex Tagliani        Herta/Honda           139 laps
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