Canadian driver Hinchcliffe bummed about result

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:24 PM ET

EDMONTON - Considering where he started on the grid, Canadian James Hinchcliffe was hoping for a little better result at the Edmonton Indy.

However, the rookie driver for Newman/Haas racing was unable to take advantage of his starting position and finished in 15th spot.

"It was probably our worst race so far this season," Hinchcliffe said. "We had high hopes starting 10th, but right from the beginning, we could tell that the car was not very good.

"We struggled to keep pace and a bunch of guys got by us."

Not helping matters was the fact Hinchcliffe stalled his car heading into the pits after a caution flag early on in the race.

"It was unfortunate for Oriol (Servia) on that yellow," Hinchcliffe said. "And as everybody was coming into pit lane, guys were jacking around in that last corner trying to make a gap going into pit lane and everybody checked up (slowed down).

"Unfortunately I got in the back of Danica (Patrick) and because we were only going 10 miles per hour, the car stalled right away. That put us in the back and an exclamation mark on a bad day."

Hinchcliffe won in Edmonton last year as an Indy Lights driver.

Despite being the best Canadian on the day, his finish in Edmonton on the bigger series this year matches his lowest finish in IndyCar this season.

The Oakville, Ont., native is currently 18th in the points standings.

"It was a day where the pace just wasn't there," Hinchcliffe said. "It's not like other races where we've been put to the back for situations beyond our control, but had a good car and raced up to a good position.

"Today we didn't have the luck and we didn't have the car, that's why we're 15th."

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