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Hinchcliffe passes Sato for Brazil IndyCar win

SAO PAULO, Brazil — On the final turn of the final lap, James Hinchcliffe finally saw an opening — and squeezed into it.

Hinchcliffe made a last-ditch move on Takuma Sato, going past the Japanese driver on the inside of the last bend to win Sunday's IndyCar Sao Paulo 300.

It was the Canadian's second career win; he also won this season's opener in St. Petersburg.

"To win a race on the last corner of the last lap is one of the coolest feelings," Hinchcliffe said. "…That's something I'll remember for a long time."

Hinchcliffe moved from third to second with three laps left, then dueled with Sato before the gutsy move right before the finish on the downtown street track.

Sato, coming off his first career victory April 21 in Long Beach, Calif., drove in too hard for the hairpin at the end of the long back straight, went wide and gave just enough space for Hinchcliffe to get past inside.

"I think I tried everything I could to defend," Sato said. "I was really struggling on the grip the last laps."

Sato still left Brazil with the lead in the drivers' standings. American Marco Andretti, who finished third Sunday, moved to second for the championship heading into the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.

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