UnHinched: Conversations with IndyCar stars at James Hinchcliffe’s bus at the Indy 500

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In a new video series called “UnHinched”, IndyCar on NBC analyst James Hinchcliffe sat down in his bus at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for conversations with several NTT IndyCar Series drivers.

Defending series champion Alex Palou was among the most revealing interviews with Hinchcliffe as the Chip Ganassi Racing driver went into detail about his disappointment in finishing second to Helio Castroneves in the 2021 Indy 500.

During the conversation (video below), Palou also discusses:

–The career support from his father, who took him to Formula One races at Barcelona;

–How he became a fan of Michael Schumacher over Fernando Alonso

–His family background (including a mother who isn’t as much of a racing fan).

–His recent marriage and owning a coffee shop in Spain with his wife;

–How he met Chip Ganassi Racing after qualifying for his first Indy 500;

–What he has learned from Scott Dixon about saving fuel

Hinchcliffe also sat down with Jimmie Johnson, Pato O’Ward, Tony Kanaan, Conor Daly and Graham Rahal.

All of the IndyCar driver sitdowns are available at NBCSports.com and on the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel.

Click here to watch UnHinched with rising star O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP on his Indy 500 helmet design, his upbringing in Mexico and Texas, his career progression from Indy Lights to IndyCar, his flirtation with F1 and the possibility of an IndyCar race in his native country.

Click here to watch UnHinched with seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Johnson on how he knew he’d be running the Indy 500 this year.

Click here to watch UnHinched with 2004 IndyCar champion and 2013 Indy 500 winner Kanaan on some of his best and worst moments in IndyCar and the Indy 500;

Click here to watch UnHinched with Indiana native and Ed Carpenter Racing driver Daly, on humble beginnings in racing, family connections, bus lot pranks and why Indianapolis Motor Speedway is his favorite place on earth.

Click here to watch UnHinched with six-time IndyCar winner Rahal on the plans for his racing future and family while increasing his role in an ownership role at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.