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James Hinchcliffe      

Canadian race car driver currently competing in the IndyCar Series

James Hinchcliffe (born December 5, 1986) is a Canadian race car driver currently competing in the IndyCar Series. He is also the self-proclaimed mayor of Hinchtown (a fictional town) on social media. On January 10, 2012 it was announced that Hinchcliffe would succeed Danica Patrick as the driver of the No. 27 Go Daddy.com car for Andretti Autosport. On October 7, 2014 it was announced that Hinchcliffe would join Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 2015 season and drive the No. 5 car.

Born in Oakville, Ontario, Hinchcliffe started his open-wheel career in karting and began car racing 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 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.

Hinchcliffe moved to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2015 to replace Simon Pagenaud. He won his first race with the team in the second race of the year in New Orleans. Hinchcliffe sustained serious injuries in a crash during practice for the 2015 Indianapolis 500, on May 18. He remained hospitalized during the race and Ryan Briscoe took Hinchcliffe's position for the race.

On May 22, 2016, Hinchcliffe won the pole position for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, just a year after his near-fatal crash at the fabled track.

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