James Hinchcliffe went from first to worst in just three laps Sunday in the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.
wHe had come to the road course at Barber Motorsports Park brimming with confidence after winning his first IndyCar race two weeks ago at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
That win also vaulted the 26-year-old Oakville native into first place in the IndyCar series standings — the first Canadian to lead a major open wheel series since Paul Tracy won his Champ Car World Series championship a decade ago.
On the first lap Sunday, however, Hinchcliffe’s No. 27 GoDaddy.com Andretti Autosport Chevrolet was clipped by Oriol Servia’s No. 22 Chevrolet that brought out a caution.
At first there didn’t appear to be any real damage but on Lap 3, as the race was about to restart, the left rear wheel of Hinchcliffe’s car suddenly broke.
“It was a racing deal,” Hinchcliffe said afterwards. “It was nobody’s fault really. We all piled into Turn 8 a