Sao Paulo Indy 300 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2013

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - MAY 05:  From left, third place finisher Marco Andretti driver of the #26 Andretti Autosport Dallara Chevrolet, winner James Hinchcliffe of Canada driver of the #27 Andretti Autosport Dallara Chevrolet, and second place Takuma Sato of Japan driver of the #14 ABC Supply A. J. Foyt Racing Dallara Honda celebrate on the podium after the IZOD IndyCar series Sao Paulo Indy 300 at Anhembi Sambadrome on May 5, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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In one of the greatest finishes race fans will ever see, Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe passed A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato in the final turn of the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 to gain his second victory of the 2013 season. 

The final margin of victory was just .3463 of a second.

Hinchcliffe told the media (via IndyCar.com) about the experience of winning a race on the very last lap and how he was able to pull off the move:

There’s no cooler way to win a race  -- in the last corner of the last lap. Takuma was making that race car really wide and he was defending the inside pretty well, almost too well a couple times. He just outbroke himself just a little bit and I was able to do a high-low (pass) and got the win.

As great as this victory was for Hinchcliffe, he has been feast or famine thus far this year. Just four races into the season, the No. 27 car has already won twice and not finished the race twice.

For Hinchcliffe and the GoDaddy team to contend for an overall points championship, the driver and the entire crew must find the happy medium that leads to solid finishes even when he isn’t winning.

Sato captured the second spot on the podium, but not before using several questionable blocking techniques during the waning laps of the race. He was joined on the podium by third-place finisher Marco Andretti. Oriol Servia and Josef Newgarden finished fourth and fifth respectively.

The battle between Sato and Andretti is taking place off the track on the IndyCar Championship standings as well, with Sato mounting a 12-point lead over Andretti after this race. Helio Castroneves falls to third overall after a mediocre run Sunday, and Hinchcliffe climbs to fourth after his big win.

All of the focus now shifts to next week’s Indianapolis 500. After a wild finish this week, the excitement over next week’s marquee race is through the roof.

All stats courtesy Indycar.com.

Final Leaderboard

Results via NBCSports.com.

Pos Driver Car #
1 James Hinchcliffe 27
2 Takuma Sato 14
3 Marco Andretti 25
4 Oriol Servia 22
5 Josef Newgarden 67
6 E.J. Viso 5
7 Dario Franchitti 10
8 Simona de Silvestro 78
9 Simon Pagenaud 77
10 Charlie Kimball 83
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
12 Alex Tagliani 98
13 Helio Castroneves 3
14 Sebastien Bourdais 7
15 J.R. Hildebrand 4
16 Tristan Vautier 55
17 James Jakes 16
18 Scott Dixon 9
19 Sebastian Saavedra 6
20 Justin Wilson 19
21 Tony Kanaan 11
22 Graham Rahal 15
23 Ed Carpenter 20
24 Will Power 12
25 Ana Beatriz 18

Post-Race Reaction

The official Twitter page of the IZOD IndyCar Series shared a great photograph to start the day of teammates and friends Ryan Hunter-Reay and E.J. Viso:

IndyCar Series @IndyCar

Teammates @RyanHunterReay & @EJVISO start on the front row in the #IndySaoPaulo at 11a ET on @NBCSN! #IndyCar http://t.co/NkEJ9zre1m

After winning the Sao Paulo Indy 300 three times in a row, IndyCar reporter Glenn Locke shared the news that he had some kind of issue on the track and was done for the day:

Not only did racing legend Mario Andretti take to Twitter to congratulate race winner James Hinchcliffe, but he also made sure it was noted that his grandson Marco Andretti made the podium:

Mario Andretti @MarioAndretti

Fantastic win MrMayor@Hinchtown great podium @MarcoAndretti #IndySaoPaulo This was an incredibly entertaining street race @NBCSN @GoDaddy

After one of the wildest finishes in street-course history, IndyCar’s public relations Twitter shared a great comment from Hinchcliffe after the win:


"There's no cooler way than to win a race than on the last corner of the last lap." - #IndySaoPaulo winner @Hinchtown


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