Five Team Chevy Drivers Finish in Top-10; Helio Castroneves Retains Points LeadPress Release
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 21, 2013) – With a fifth-place finish, JR Hildebrand, No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet, led a contingent of five Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers in the top-10 finishing positions of the Grand Prix of Long Beach Indy. Hildebrand scored his best finish of the season after starting the 80-lap, 157.4-mile race in 12th on the 27-car grid.
“I’m really proud of the run we had and the pit crew guys did such an awesome job,” said Hildebrand. “We made up three or four of those spots in the pits on our last stop. We struggled in the first stint and were going backwards, but we had a great strategy and ended up on the sticker reds in the end and I was able to pass several guys there at the end just using the overtake.”
Oriol Servia, No. 22 Charter Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet, finished in sixth place, followed by Marco Andretti, No. 25 RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, in the seventh finishing position. Simona de Silvestro brought the No. 78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KV Racing Technology Chevrolet to the checkered flag in ninth place.
Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Auto Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet, retained the lead in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with a 10th-place finish in today’s race on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary course on the Streets of Long Beach.
“At the end of the day the lemon became the lemonade with our finish,” said Castroneves. “We are very happy to come out of here still leading the points, and now we have focus on what we need to do to improve.”
After three races in the record books of the 19-race 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season, Chevrolet has six drivers in the top-10 in the standings. Joining Castroneves in the top-five is Andretti who sits fourth in points. Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, is sixth in the standings after contact relegated him to the 24thfinishing position today.
Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, sits eighth in the standings with his 16th place finish in the race. Sitting ninth in the standings is de Silvestro, and James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy.com Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, is in 10th position after a multi-car incident early in the race landed him in the 26th finishing position.
Next on the schedule is the Sao Paulo Indy 300 Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Noon EDT with live television coverage on NBC Sports Network (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, including on Sirius and XM Channels 211 and www.indycar.com. Race timing and scoring can also be found onwww.indycar.com.
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Source: Team Chevy
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