IndyCar: James Hinchcliffe pips Takuma Sato in dramatic Sao Paulo 300
James Hinchcliffe overtook Takuma Sato on the final turn of the final lap to win IndyCar's Sao Paulo 300.
Last Updated: 06/05/13 12:20am
The Canadian, who won the season-opener in St Petersburg, Florida, moved from third up to second with three laps to go before making a final gutsy move just before the finish at the Anhembi street track to win by .3463 of a second.
"There's no cooler way to win a race than in the last corner of the last lap," Hinchcliffe, who secured a third win of the season for Andretti Autosport, said.
"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."
Marco Andretti finished on the podium for the second time, while Oriol Servia placed fourth after starting 13th - his best outing in almost a year.
Josef Newgarden, who was running .5285 of a second behind Sato on Lap 70 of 75, finished a career-high fifth after making up 20 places from his starting position.
"The guys did a good job," a philosophical Sato said. "It was a really solid day for us. It was a great, great race, and we're carrying good momentum into Indianapolis."
Sato, who logged the final 38 laps on a set of Firestone alternate tires, takes a 12-point lead over Andretti in the championship standings heading into the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on 26 May.
Helio Castroneves, who led in points through three races, is third after placing 13th on the 2.536-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit, while Hinchcliffe moves to fourth, 22 points back.