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James Hinchcliffe’s Indy 500 Race Bathroom Tip for Drivers

James Hinchcliffe’s Indy 500 Race Bathroom Tip for Drivers

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2017 Detroit Grand Prix Day 2 Video Highlights

Watch highlights of the Detroit Grand Prix.

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Rahal, Hinchcliffe and Dixon Post 2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 Conference

Graham Rahal Post Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 News Conference

After winning the first race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, Graham Rahal spoke with the media.

Hinchcliffe and Dixon Post Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 News Conference

James Hinchcliffe and Scott Dixon spoke with the media following the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Race 1.

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James Hinchcliffe Wins At Long Beach, Sebastien Bourdais Leads Points

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver, James Hinchcliffe, recorded his first Verizon IndyCar Series win since his nearly fatal  Indianapolis 500 accident in 2015.

Driving the No. 5 Arrow Honda, Hinchcliffe crossed the finish line 1.4940 seconds ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais, the winner of last month’s season opener.

Hinchcliffe’s last win came at NOLA Motorsports Park in April 2015, a month before the crash caused when a suspension piece on the car broke at 220-plus mph on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Hinchcliffe returned to racing last season and captured the Indianapolis 500 pole position, but had yet to win another race until today.

“To finally do what was goal No. 1 when we set out at the start of the season, to get back into winner’s circle, to do so as early in the season as we have, as convincingly as we did, was great,” said Hinchcliffe, who recorded the fifth victory of his seven-year Verizon IndyCar Series career.

Bourdais, driving the No. 18 Trench Shoring Honda, recovered from rear wing damage sustained from debris when the cars of Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball made contact on Lap 1. Coupled with his win March 12 in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, it gave Bourdais a 19-point lead over Hinchcliffe in the championship after two of 17 races.

“The fuel saving we could achieve today with the performance we had on the Honda was amazing,” said Bourdais, the four-time Indy car champion who won three straight Long Beach races from 2005-07. “I’ve always been pretty comfortable saving fuel and that one sort of came to us today.”

Josef Newgarden finished third in the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet, earning his best Long Beach result and first top-three finish since joining Team Penske this season.

“It’s always good to get the first podium out of the way for the Captain,” Newgarden said of team owner Roger Penske. “It was a pleasure to drive this weekend. Verizon gives us great tools at Team Penske. It’s nice to get this one out of the way. Hopefully, now we can hunt down some wins.”


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James Hinchcliffe to star in ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ this fall


The Mayor is going dancing. Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe was named today as a member of the Season 23 cast for “Dancing with the Stars,” the hit ABC dance competition partnering celebrities with professional dancers that begins Sept. 12.

Hinchcliffe, the sixth-year Verizon IndyCar Series driver racing for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, will be paired with professional dancer Sharna Burgess.

He follows in the dancing shoes of Helio Castroneves, who won “Dancing with the Stars’” Season 5 competition in 2007.

The entire cast of celebrities competing was announced on ABC’s “Good Morning America” earlier today. Other celebrities named to the cast include Olympic gold-medal gymnast Laurie Hernandez, swimmer Ryan Lochte, singer-songwriter Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Maureen McCormick, who portrayed Marcia Brady on the 1970s sitcom, “The Brady Bunch.”

“Well, I can honestly say this will rank just above the Indy 500 as one of the most nerve-wracking things that I’ve ever agreed to do,” Hinchcliffe said. “Normally I’m used to working under pressure in front of a live audience, but I can’t see them, so this should be a totally new experience for me and especially as someone with no ability to dance whatsoever.”

Hinchcliffe has four career Verizon IndyCar Series wins and was the pole sitter for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May. The 29-year-old Canadian has become a fan favorite for his quick wit, sense of humor and after creating his fictional online city, Hinchtown, of which he proudly proclaims himself the mayor. Hinchcliffe has collaborated with Indianapolis craft brewery Flat 12 Bierwerks to create Hinchtown Hammerdown, a pilsner beer, and also hosts “The Mayor on Air,” a spontaneous, off-the-cuff podcast before each race featuring fellow drivers and series officials as guests.

None of that, however, has prepared him for undertaking the “Dancing with the Stars” challenge with Burgess, an Australian making her eighth appearance in the competition who finished second in Season 21 with singer Nick Carter.

“My partner definitely has her work cut out for her because the last INDYCAR driver that did this (Castroneves) did pretty well, and so my goal has to be to match that or else I’m going to get a ton of crap from everybody back in the paddock,” Hinchcliffe said. “But my desire to win is matched only by my inability to dance, which makes for a pretty interesting combination. It should be fun and we’re going to try and have some fun. I’m looking forward to getting going.”

Hinchcliffe served as inspiration for many when he overcame life-threatening injuries in a crash during practice for the 2015 Indianapolis 500. He missed the remainder of the season but returned to test an Indy car four months later and has competed in the entire 2016 campaign. He currently ranks eighth in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings after finishing second in Saturday’s Firestone 600 by a scant 0.008 of a second – the closest finish in Texas Motor Speedway history.

“It’s fantastic news that James Hinchcliffe has been named to the cast of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and we certainly recognize the significance of this opportunity for the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Hinch has been a phenomenal ambassador for INDYCAR since he entered the series and we all know how well he will represent our sport to the ABC audience this fall.

“We look forward to the support from Verizon IndyCar Series fans once the show begins as we know their votes will be instrumental in ensuring he stays on the show.”

Sam Schmidt, co-owner of the team for which Hinchcliffe drives, hopes Hinchcliffe’s talent on the racetrack can carry over to the dancing competition.

“We have always known James is a huge talent with the microphone, but it will be interesting to see if that creativity will work on the dance floor,” Schmidt said. “It is a large audience and thus a fantastic opportunity to expand his following as well as the Verizon IndyCar Series. Unfortunately, Helio set the bar pretty high!”

Castroneves and dance partner Julianne Hough (now one of the show’s judges) won in the fall of 2007, defeating singer/dancer Mel B and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy in the final. Castroneves and Hough’s quickstep routine was voted by fans as one of their top-10 all-time favorite dances during Season 11.

“It’s great to hear that another Verizon IndyCar Series driver will be on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” Castroneves said. “Good luck, Hinch. It’s a lot of work, but a tremendous experience.

“The pressure is intense in the race car and it’s every bit as real on the show. My advice is to be ready to work, but have fun with it at the same time.”

The dancing competition pairs judges’ votes with those of viewers to decide who advances each week. Season 23 debuts on ABC at 8 p.m. ET Sept. 12 and concludesNov. 22 with presentation of the cherished Mirror Ball Trophy to the winner. ABC is one of INDYCAR’s television partners and broadcast five Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2016, including the Indianapolis 500 for the 52nd consecutive year.


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Naptown Buzz: May 17, 2016

May 17th was a complete wash out for Indy 500 practice, but we caught up with Conor Daly to see what he was up to during the day. We also discuss the 20th anniversary of Scott Brayton’s death and take a run through the previously unpublished archives.

James Hinchcliffe Blood Drive February 4th at IMS

Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe will be at the IU Health Emergency Medical Center at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today, February 4, 2016, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for a blood drive.

James Hinchcliffe Medical Update: May 13, 2014

Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe was evaluated May 13 by the INDYCAR medical team in conjunction with its neurosurgical consultant. INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Michael Olinger said that Hinchcliffe is progressing well and has been cleared to begin light training with his athletic trainer. Hinchcliffe, who was diagnosed with a concussion from an on-track […]

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500 Festival ‘REV Your Engines Concert’ this Saturday

The 500 Festival will kick-off the month of May with the FREE “REV Your Engines Concert” on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 7 p.m. on Monument Circle. The 500 Festival REV Your Engines Concert will feature multi-platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw and Indiana native Jon McLaughlin. The musicians will be introduced by IZOD IndyCar Series driver James […]

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