February 4, 2013
It all works out for Hinchcliffe
By DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

James Hinchcliffe lost one chief race engineer, but was relieved when he found out that Craig Hampson was the replacement. (Perry Nelson/QMI Agency)

TORONTO - James Hinchcliffe was not a happy camper when he was told that Tino Belli, the race engineer for his IZOD IndyCar Series No. 27 Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, had left for a job as technical director at rival Panther Racing.

 

It was, after all, a key position on the team that Hinchcliffe — going into his second full time IndyCar season — thought was something he did not have to worry about.

“I was a little bit upset. It looked like it was going to be a major setback,” Hinchcliffe said Monday in an interview from the Andretti shop in Indianapolis. “Here I was, so excited about going into 2013 with the same group of guys at Andretti Autosport from last season, and then we get word that Tino was leaving.”

No sooner had he digested that bit of news, Hinchcliffe was told by team owner Michael Andretti that he was negotiating with Craig Hampson, a long-time race engineer at Newman-Haas Racing.



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