Oakville's Hinchcliffe aiming for more

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, Last Updated: 12:12 PM ET

Oakville native James Hinchcliffe turned in his fourth third-place finish this season yesterday at the Honda Indy Toronto in the Indy Lights series.

As good as that may appear, Hinchcliffe said afterward that he was unhappy, but not disappointed in his performance on his home track in the No. 7 Hinchtown/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car.

"You can never be disappointed in a podium finish," he said. "But I think that after four third-place finishes it's time to move up a step or two."

Race winner was series rookie Sebastian Saavedra of Colombia for the No. 27 Andretti Green Racing team with American teammate J.R. Hildebrand, in the No. 26 APPRO car, second.

LIGHTNING STRIKES

A lightning strike at 9:47 yesterday morning that hit the Honda Indy Toronto aluminum grandstands along the start/finish line sent drivers, fans and race sponsors scrambling for cover.

High winds sent tent and kiosks -- selling everything from hot dogs to T-shirts -- flying in every direction.

After a delay of 73 minutes the IndyCar practice resumed but event officials kept the Thunder Alley area of Exhibition Place closed to clean up the damage the short, but violent, storm has caused.

EDMONTON BACKS TAGS

The Conquest Racing team announced yesterday it would have the Rexall Edmonton Indy as its main sponsor for today's Honda Indy Toronto.

Because it was revealed earlier this week that driver Alex Tagliani would be sporting sponsorship from the King Tut exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, some trackside observers thought the Edmonton group had dropped out of its deal with the No. 34 team.

"The Rexall Edmonton Indy has become a premier event on the IndyCar Series schedule and we're proud to be associated with them," team owner Eric Bachelart said.


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