IndyCar: Hinchcliffe leads again, but crashes in Milwaukee second practice

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James Hinchcliffe followed up setting his fastest time in Milwaukee first practice by doing so again in the second, but a crash in Turn 2 will leave his Andretti Autosport crew scrambling before qualifying later this afternoon.

Hinchcliffe, in the No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda, lost the back end while running behind Helio Castroneves going through Turns 1 and 2 with just more than 10 minutes remaining in the second one-hour practice session. He hit the wall with the rear and knocked the wing off, and also incurred some right rear corner damage. Hinchcliffe was checked, cleared and released.

The accident brought out the fourth yellow flag of the session; others flew for minor stops by Josef Newgarden for a minor electrical issue, a track inspection, and Hinchcliffe’s teammate Marco Andretti stopping on-track through 1/2. Both Newgarden and Andretti got back out.

Prior to the wreck, Hinchcliffe improved his morning time and speed, with a new best lap of 165.677 mph (22.0549 seconds). Hinchcliffe was the only driver in the 165s; this afternoon’s practice ran at 83 degrees ambient and 111 on track, nearly 10 degrees ambient and 23 track warmer than this morning.

Ed Carpenter, Tony Kanaan, Mikhail Aleshin and Newgarden rounded out the top five.

Due to the yellows, the session was extended an extra five minutes.

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Qualifying is next and will run from 5 to 6:15 p.m. CT/local time. Here’s the order for that:

1. 18-Carlos Huertas
2. 28-Ryan Hunter-Reay
3. 19-Justin Wilson
4. 34-Carlos Munoz
5. 3-Helio Castroneves
6. 98-Jack Hawksworth
7. 8-Ryan Briscoe
8. 2-Juan Pablo Montoya
9. 12-Will Power
10. 17-Sebastian Saavedra
11. 83-Charlie Kimball
12. 67-Josef Newgarden
13. 10-Tony Kanaan
14. 77-Simon Pagenaud
15. 15-Graham Rahal
16. 14-Takuma Sato
17. 7-Mikhail Aleshin
18. 11-Sebastien Bourdais
19. 20-Ed Carpenter
20. 25-Marco Andretti
21. 27-James Hinchcliffe
22. 9-Scott Dixon

Qualifying airs tonight on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET.

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
Extreme E
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

More: Extreme E 2023 schedule

Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.