Hinchcliffe blames Munoz for crash: 'He's just so stupid'

David Goricki
The Detroit News
James Hinchcliffe, right, gestures at Carlos Munoz after being knocked out of the race on the opening lap during race two of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing doubleheader on Belle Isle in Detroit Sunday.

Detroit – James Hinchcliffe came to Belle Isle optimistic and left the island disappointed following crashes in each race of the IndyCar doubleheader on the bumpy 13-turn, 2.3-mile road course.

On Saturday, Hinchcliffe had a solid effort going when he locked his brakes, got loose heading into Turn 7 on lap 42 of the 70-lap event and crashed into tire barrier while running sixth, ultimately finishing 18th in the 22-car field.

On Sunday, the accident that sent Hinchcliffe out of the race before it barely started was not of his own fault.

Charlie Kimball, from the outside, moved his No. 83 Chervolet left, squeezing Carlos Munoz’s No. 26 Magneti Marelli Honda into Hinchcliffe, resulting in Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda slamming into the wall and out of the race.

“I’m so mad, it was so unnecessary,” said Hinchcliffe, blaming Munoz for the accident. "He’s not a bad kid, he’s just so stupid. I mean, coming from (Turns) 12, 13, coming to the green, he was giving me absolutely no room. I don’t know if there was somebody on his inside. I haven’t seen it yet. It doesn’t really matter, it is what it is and it’s over.

“You know, we had a really quick car off the truck and yesterday we had a mechanical failure that takes us out of a top five and today we had morons knocking people off the road.”

Hinchcliffe had an eventful day earlier Saturday when he got loose and crashed into the tire barrier, resulting in some damage to the back end. His crew was able to fix the problem to get him on track for Race No. 1.

Hinchcliffe was involved in a horrific accident during practice for the Indianapolis 500 last year which almost cost him his life, forcing him to miss the rest of the season, including the Belle Isle doubleheader.

Hinchcliffe returned to full health this season and entered the weekend fifth in points with four consecutive top 10 finishes, including a podium spot (third) in the Indianapolis Grand Prix and seventh place showing in the Indy 500 a week ago.

But, Hinchcliffe’s title chances took a major hit on Belle Isle with finishes of 18th and 21st.