James Hinchcliffe isn’t just the most prolific Canadian driver to hit the asphalt in recent history; he is a fan favourite on and off the track. At just 27 years old, Hinchcliffe has burst onto the Verizon IndyCar Series scene, leaving all other Canadian drivers in his dust.
Manning the #27 United Fiber & Data sponsored entry for Andretti Autosport, 2014 is looking promising for “Hinch”, marking his third straight season with the Indianapolis-based team.
Hinchcliffe shot right out of the gates in 2011, winning Rookie of the Year in the IZOD IndyCar Series, finishing 12th overall.
In 2012, his popularity skyrocketed driving the popular Go Daddy car. Winning the “Fan Favorite Award”, the Canadian’s performances became increasingly stellar with five Top-10 finishes, placing eighth in the final standings.
Always elevating his game, Hinchcliffe solidified himself as the next big thing in 2013, capturing his first three IndyCar Series wins. In the opening race of the season in St. Petersburg, Florida, Hinch took home his first career victory with a stunning 1.09-second edge over veteran driver Helio Castroneves. In São Paulo, Brazil, he obtained his second win in four races by an even slimmer margin of 0.3463 seconds. In race 10, the Oakville, Ontario native closed out his third and final triumph of the season leading 226 of 250 laps en route to victory at the Iowa Speedway.
Off The Track
The Andretti Autosport driver displays determination and discipline not shown by all professional athletes; after suffering a concussion on May 10, 2014 (from flying debris off another car), Hinchcliffe went “overkill” on his recovery to ensure a return to the racetrack. Recuperating quickly, he would pass the IndyCar Series imPACT medical test.
With the injury behind him, the accomplished TV presenter, self-confessed frustrated guitarist and drummer hopes to continue his rise up the Verizon IndyCar Series, looking to become one of the most popular and successful Canadian racers of all time.