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James Hinchcliffe
James  Hinchcliffe
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
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James Hinchcliffe
rank
12
Career stats
Indy Car History
Championships: 0
Indy 500 Wins: 0
Total Poles
1
Race Wins
6
Birthday
Dec 5, 1986
Website hinchtown.com
Hometown
Toronto, Ontario
Residence
Indianapolis, IN

ON TRACK

  • Six-time NTT IndyCar Series race winner.
  • 2011 NTT IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year.
  • 2010 Indy Lights runner-up.
  • Tony Renna Rising Star Award winner, 2011; Greg Moore Legacy Award winner, 2010.

OFF TRACK

  • Self-proclaimed mayor of fictional Internet city “Hinchtown.”
  • Finished second on Season 23 of “Dancing with the Stars” along with partner Sharna Burgess. His eight-week run on the Emmy-award winning show landed him appearances on “Ellen,” “Good Morning America,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Access Hollywood” and “The View.”
  • Has microbrew beer named for him: Hinchtown Hammer Down brewed by Flat12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis. The golden ale is now available seasonally across Indiana, Kentucky and Hinchcliffe’s native Ontario.
  • Collects guitars and antique lighters, counts Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy among his favorite guitarists. A fan of contemporary artists, too, he listens to Twenty One Pilots, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd, Skrillex and Diplo.
  • Worked as a broadcast analyst for Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Champ Car and A1 GP Network. Hosts a podcast with friend and fellow driver Alexander Rossi called “Off Track with Hinch and Rossi.”
  • Ambassador for New Era; Certified SCUBA diver.

CAREER STATS

YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2019 NTT IndyCar Series 17 0 0 1 8 22 13
2018 NTT IndyCar Series 16 1 0 5 9 65 15
2017 NTT IndyCar Series 17 1 0 3 7 50 11
2016 NTT IndyCar Series 16 0 1 4 9 217 15
2015 NTT IndyCar Series 5 1 0 1 2 20 5
2014 NTT IndyCar Series 18 0 0 4 8 75 15
2013 NTT IndyCar Series 19 3 0 6 11 264 15
2012 NTT IndyCar Series 15 0 0 5 8 39 11
2011 NTT IndyCar Series 16 0 0 3 7 26 13
Total 139 6 1 32 69 778 113
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2010 Indy Lights 13 3 0 10 12 117 11
2009 Indy Lights 15 0 0 6 10 20 12

RAF = Running at Finish

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First Start
April 10, 2011 (Barber)
First Win
March 24, 2013 (St. Petersburg)
First Pole
May 21, 2016 (Indianapolis)

NTT IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2018
    • Finished 10th in NTT IndyCar Series standings for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, winning at Iowa.
    • Scored podium finish at Barber and top-five finishes at St. Petersburg, Texas and Toronto.
    • Led two races for 65 laps.
  • 2017
    • Placed 13th in NTT IndyCar Series standings for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, winning at Long Beach.
    • Scored podium finishes at Belle Isle-1 and Toronto.
    • Recorded seven top-10 finishes.
    • Led four races for 50 laps.
  • 2016
    • Finished 13th in NTT IndyCar Series standings for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with best finish of second at Texas.
    • Won first career pole position at Indianapolis 500, capping his remarkable comeback from serious injury the previous year.
    • Scored podium finishes at GP of Indianapolis, Toronto and Texas among his nine top-10 finishes.
    • Led a race-high 188 laps at Texas.
  • 2015
    • Competed in five NTT IndyCar Series races for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with win at New Orleans.
    • Finished seventh at Barber.
    • Led three of five starts for a total of 20 laps.
    • Injured in practice crash while preparing for the Indianapolis 500 and missed rest of the season.
  • 2014
    • Finished 12th in season standings driving for Andretti Autosport, with one podium finish (third at Mid-Ohio) and eight top-10 finishes.
    • Qualified in the top 10 in 11 races, including a stretch of five second-place starting efforts in six races.
    • Led race-high 32 laps at Houston-1 before finishing fifth.
  • 2013
    • Finished eighth in point standings for Andretti Autosport, scoring first career Indy car wins at St. Petersburg, Sao Paulo and Iowa.
    • Recorded six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
    • Made daring pass out of final turn to win at Sao Paulo.
    • Led 264 laps, including a dominating 226 of 250 at Iowa.
  • 2012
    • Finished eighth in point standings for Andretti Autosport with best finish of third at Long Beach and Milwaukee.
    • Recorded five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
    • Started a career-best second at Barber and matched it by qualifying second at Indianapolis, where he finished sixth.
  • 2011
    • Finished 12th in standings for Newman/Haas Racing.
    • Named Tony Renna Rising Star.
    • Named Rookie of the Year.
    • Recorded seven top-10 finishes, with a best of fourth at Long Beach, New Hampshire and Kentucky.

James's Road To Indy

  • 2010
    • Finished second in Indy Lights for Team Moore Racing with three wins (Long Beach, Edmonton and Chicagoland).
    • Posted series-best four pole positions (St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Watkins Glen and Edmonton).
    • Scored 10 top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes in 13 starts.
    • Won Greg Moore Legacy Award as Indy Lights rising star.
  • 2009
    • Finished fifth in Indy Lights for Sam Schmidt Motorsports with best finish of second at Mid-Ohio.
    • Recorded five podium finishes, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 15 starts.
  • 2008
    • Finished fourth in Atlantic Championship for Forsythe/Pettit Racing with a win at Laguna Seca, two poles and four podium finishes.
  • 2007
    • Finished fourth in Atlantic Championship for Sierra Sierra Enterprises.
    • Earned three pole positions, six top-five results and nine top-10 results in 12 races.
    • Competed for Team Canada in the A1 Grand Prix series.
  • 2006
    • Enjoyed a strong rookie season in Atlantic Championship with Forsythe Championship Racing.
    • Scored three podium results including third at Long Beach, his first series victory at Portland and a third-place run at Montreal, where he also captured his first Atlantic pole.
  • 2005
    • Finished third in Star Mazda with three victories, three poles and six podium results.
    • Finished he season ranked second among all rookies.
  • 2004
    • Earned Formula BMW USA Rookie of the Year honors after scoring three wins, four poles and 10 podium finishes.
    • Earned Atlantic test with Polestar Racing Group at Sebring.
  • 2003
    • Earned five wins, four poles and 11 podium results while finishing third in the Bridgestone Racing Academy F2000 series.
  • Early Career
    • Captured the TKC Junior Rotax Class Karting championship with seven wins in seven starts in 2002.
    • Earned Junior Rotax Canada Cup title and won TKC Winter Series ch