Hinchcliffe steamed at Power play

Canada's James Hinchcliffe accuses Will Power of Australia of blocking him during qualifying for...

Canada's James Hinchcliffe accuses Will Power of Australia of blocking him during qualifying for the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama. Power, driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, says Hinchcliffe is irate because he's not fast enough. (Getty)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:25 AM ET

If the IZOD IndyCar Series was looking for a feud to pump up its television numbers, it found it on Saturday during qualifying for Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

And right in the middle of it was Canada’s James Hinchcliffe, who was steaming after being knocked out of the first round of qualifying, alleging the No. 12

Penske Racing Chevrolet of Will Power blocked him twice on his fast lap.

The first block, Hinchcliffe said, might have been accidental but the second one was on purpose.

As a result the 26-year-old Oakville native will start 20th on Sunday on a track where it is notoriously hard to pass.

“It is a frustrating situation,” Hinchcliffe said. “I saw Will in front of me ... he caught another driver (E.J. Viso) so he had to back off and that’s fair play.

“But he backed off again and had a gap with no one in front of him. I know exactly what he was doing.

“And it is just a joke.”

 


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