James Hinchcliffe

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James Hinchcliffe
James Hinchcliffe Indy 2011.jpg
Hinchcliffe at the 2011 Indianapolis 500
Nationality Canadian
Born (1986-12-05) December 5, 1986 (age 27)
Oakville, Ontario
2014 IndyCar Series
Debut season 2011
Current team Andretti Autosport
Car no. 27
Former teams Newman/Haas Racing
Starts 53
Wins 3
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 8th in 2012
Previous series
200910
2006–2008
2006–07
2005
2004
Firestone Indy Lights
Atlantic Championship
A1 Grand Prix
Star Mazda Series
Formula BMW USA
Awards
2010
2011
Greg Moore Legacy Award
IndyCar Rookie of the Year
Tony Renna Rising Star Award

James Hinchcliffe (born December 5, 1986) is a Canadian race car driver from Oakville, Ontario currently competing in the IndyCar Series. On January 10, 2012 it was announced that Hinchcliffe would succeed Danica Patrick as the driver of the #27 Go Daddy.com car for Andretti Autosport.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Early racing[edit]

After karting, he started his open-wheel career in 2003, when he finished 3rd in Bridgestone Racing Academy F2000 series. Next year he was top rookie in Formula BMW USA, winning three races. In 2005, he raced in the Star Mazda Series, finishing 3rd overall with three wins. In 2006 he moved to the Champ Car Atlantic Series series with Forsythe Racing. He won one race at Portland and scored two other podiums, but was only able to finish 10th in the overall standings. Hinchcliffe also provided commentary for the Eurosport coverage of Champ Car events during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

A1 Grand Prix[edit]

He then joined A1 Team Canada in A1 Grand Prix. He finished 8th in the sprint race and 13th in the feature in his first race at Zandvoort, then had a stunning weekend in Brno. He scored 2nd in the sprint race at the Czech round and led the feature for the majority of the race, but clashed with eventual winner Alex Yoong dropped him down to 5th. He raced next at the Beijing round, finishing 4th in the sprint race and 10th in the feature (which he could have won but for a team pitstop strategy error), and then returned after two races out at the New Zealand round, where he finished 6th in both races.

'Hinch' once again raced in the Champ Car Atlantic Series in 2007, this time with the Sierra Sierra team. He finished 4th in points without a win. During the season he was also a guest commentator on the international feed for Champ Car World Series races. He returned to Forsythe Racing for the 2008 Atlantic Championship season, again finishing 4th in points but this time capturing a win in the second race of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Firestone Indy Lights Series[edit]

For the 2009 season, he competed in the Firestone Indy Lights Series for perennial powerhouse team Sam Schmidt Motorsports in their #7 car. Hinchcliffe struggled by #7 car standards, finishing 5th in points without a win or pole position. In 2010 season, he signed on with the less historically-successful Team Moore Racing in their #2 entry. Hinchcliffe captured three wins and five more podium finishes on his way to second in the championship behind French rookie Jean-Karl Vernay who was driving the Schmidt #7 car.

He also served as the driver analyst for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 as regular driver analyst Davey Hamilton was competing in the race.

IndyCar Series[edit]

Hinchcliffe after qualifying for the 2012 Indianapolis 500.

In April 2011, Hinchcliffe signed with Newman/Haas Racing to compete in the remainder of 2011 IndyCar Series season, excluding the Twin Ring Motegi race, after missing the first race of the season at St. Petersburg. He made his debut at Barber Motorsports Park and failed to finish after making contact with a spinning E. J. Viso. He then picked up his first career top five finish in just his second start in the series on the Streets of Long Beach with a 4th place finish. Hinchcliffe then collected a top ten on the Streets of Sao Paulo in Brazil. He finished 9th.

James started 13th in his first Indianapolis 500. Hinchcliffe ran up front for an early portion of the race before crashing on lap 101 and finishing 29th.

Following the Indy 500, was the Firestone Twin 275s in Texas. 'Hinch', however, struggled in both races and had finishes of 20th and 19th, respectively. Hinchcliffe then rebounded to collect his 2nd top ten of the season with a 6th at the Milwaukee Mile.[2] Hinchcliffe was strong for the rest of the year, collecting Rookie of the Year Honors, just beating out Panther Racing's J.R. Hildebrand. However, after the 2011 Indycar season it was announced that Newman/Haas racing would not be returning to Indycar making Hinchcliffe a free agent.

For the 2012 season, Hinchcliffe replaced Danica Patrick as driver of the Andretti Autosport GoDaddy car, renumbered to #27, the same used by Canadian drivers Gilles Villeneuve and Jacques Villeneuve.[3] At the 2012 Indianapolis 500, Hinchcliffe qualified 2nd overall while wearing a pair of gloves that belonged to the late Greg Moore, whom Hinchcliffe considers the main reason why he got into racing. On race day, Hinchcliffe overtook pole-sitter Ryan Briscoe on the first lap, and ended up leading five of the 200 laps on his way to a creditable 6th-place finish.

Hinchliffe returned to Andretti for 2013, and started the season by winning the season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida, for his first series victory.[4]

Later, in Brazil, (4th race of 2013 season - Sao Paulo Indy 300) Hinchcliffe won the race, with a last turn overtake under Takuma Sato, breaking the winning sequence of Will Power.

In the 2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Hinchcliffe was hit by debris, and a CT scan revealed he had suffered a concussion, and needed medical clearance before racing again.[5] Hinchcliffe was cleared to return to racing on May 15.[6]

Motorsports career results[edit]

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2006–07 Canada NED
SPR

8
NED
FEA

13
CZE
SPR

2
CZE
FEA

5
CHN
SPR

4
CHN
FEA

10
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
IDN
SPR
IDN
FEA
NZL
SPR

6
NZL
FEA

6
AUS
SPR

13
AUS
FEA

Ret
RSA
SPR

13
RSA
FEA

Ret
MEX
SPR

13
MEX
FEA

15
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
GBR
SPR
GBR
FEA
11th 33
2007–08 NED
SPR

19
NED
FEA

18
CZE
SPR

12
CZE
FEA

11
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
ZHU
SPR
ZHU
FEA
NZL
SPR
NZL
FEA
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
SHA
SPR
SHA
FEA
GBR
SPR

15
GBR
FEA

17
9th 75

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Atlantic Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2006 Forsythe Racing LBH
3
HOU
4
MTY
16
POR
1
CLE1
17
CLE2
19
TOR
6
EDM
Ret
SJO
Ret
DEN
7
MTL
3
ROA
Ret
10th 160
2007 Sierra Sierra Enterprises LVG
4
LBH
7
HOU
3
POR1
2
POR2
2
CLE
6
MTT
3
TOR
Ret
EDM1
3
EDM2
9
SJO
Ret
ROA
14
4th 224
2008 Forsythe Racing LBH
10
LS
1
MTT
4
EDM1
3
EDM2
3
ROA1
5
ROA2
8
TRR
Ret
NJ
16
UTA
10
ATL
3
4th 196

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
2009 Sam Schmidt Motorsports STP1
6
STP2
3
LBH
3
KAN
12
INDY
16
MIL
7
IOW
3
WGL
21
TOR
3
EDM
4
KTY
7
MDO
2
SNM
6
CHI
12
HMS
14
5th 395
2010 Team Moore Racing STP
15
ALA
5
LBH
1
INDY
3
IOW
5
WGL
2
TOR
10
EDM
1
MDO
7
SNM
3
CHI
1
KTY
2
HMS
2
2nd 471

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2011 Newman/Haas Racing Dallara Honda STP ALA
24
LBH
4
SAO
9
INDY
29
TXS
20
TXS
19
MIL
6
IOW
9
TOR
14
EDM
15
MDO
20
NHM
4
SNM
7
BAL
24
MOT
15
KTY
4
LVS1
C
12th 302
2012 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
4
ALA
6
LBH
3
SAO
6
INDY
6
DET
21
TXS
4
MIL
3
IOW
17
TOR
22
EDM
12
MDO
5
SNM
26
BAL
15
FON
13
8th 358
2013 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
1
ALA
26
LBH
26
SAO
1
INDY
21
DET
15
DET
19
TXS
9
MIL
5
IOW
1
POC
24
TOR
8
TOR
21
MDO
10
SNM
8
BAL
7
HOU
24
HOU
3
FON
4
8th 449
2014 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12 Honda STP
19
LBH
21
ALA
7
IMS
20
INDY
28
DET
6
DET
5
TXS
15
HOU
5
HOU
14
POC
12
IOW
6
TOR
TOR
MDO
MIL
SNM
FON
11th* 294*
* Season still in progress
1 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
3 2 58 0 3 3 23 0 0
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2011 Dallara Honda 13 29 Newman/Haas Racing
2012 Dallara Chevrolet 2 6 Andretti Autosport
2013 Dallara Chevrolet 9 21 Andretti Autosport
2014 Dallara Honda 2 28 Andretti Autosport

Touring Car racing[edit]

V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Final Pos Points
2012 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
PER
R7
PER
R8
PER
R9
PHI
R10
PHI
R11
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
SMP
R18
SMP
R19
SAN
Q
SAN
R20
BAT
R21
SUR
R22

Ret
SUR
R23

Ret
YMC
R24
YMC
R25
YMC
R26
WIN
R27

WIN
R28

SYD
R29

SYD
R30

NC 0 †

† Not Eligible for points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canadian Hinchcliffe replaces Patrick on Go Daddy team". tsn.ca. January 10, 2012. Archived from the original on April 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Gerhart, Brad. Rough Start for Hinchcliffe in First IndyCar Event, Paddock Talk, April 11, 2011, Retrieved April 12, 2011
  3. ^ http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/indycar-hinchcliffe-confirmed-at-andretti-autosport
  4. ^ GoDaddy.com go: Hinchcliffe wins first rac By Dave Lewandowski, Indycar.com, March 24, 2013.
  5. ^ Jenkins, Chris (May 10, 2014). "James Hinchcliffe suffers concussion at Grand Prix of Indianapolis". USA Today. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (May 15, 2014). "Hinchcliffe cleared to resume driving duties". IndyCar Series. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alex Lloyd
IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Simon Pagenaud