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James Hinchcliffe’s Indy 500 Pole Stands Among the Greatest Moments in IMS History

(Photo: Walter Kuhn / INDYCAR)

James Hinchcliffe’s dramatic pole run for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is arguably one of the most improbable events to occur in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 106-year history. It’s also one of the best. I’m not just talking about the best moments during the IndyCar years, either. On first impression, this moment stands …

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James Hinchcliffe Claims Pole in Dramatic Indy 500 Qualifying

(Photo: Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

One year ago, a life-threatening crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway kept James Hinchcliffe from competing in the Indianapolis 500. On May 29, when the field goes to green for the 100th edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, it’ll be Hinchcliffe that leads the way. Driving the gilded No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda-Dallara …

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James Hinchcliffe Tops the Charts at IMS as Fast 9 Are Set

(Photo: Walter Kuhn / INDYCAR)

After a long day at the Brickyard, the contenders for the Indy 500 pole have been determined. James Hinchcliffe led the way with a 230.946mph average speed during his second four-lap time trial to set quick time for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on the opening day of Verizon IndyCar Series practice. Behind Hinchcliffe, a combination of …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Strong 2016 NASCAR Cup Debut On FS1

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Welcome back, race fans.  This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were back in action at Martinsville Speedway.  Meanwhile, the Verizon IndyCar Series made their return to Phoenix International Raceway in front of a modest crowd (read: Better than an XFINITY race). STP 500 Sunday brought the Sprint Cup Series back …

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James Hinchcliffe Returns in IndyCar Road America Test

(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

James Hinchliffe’s signature smile and wit were in full effect on Monday, just four months removed from a life-threatening incident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hinchcliffe, 28, returned to the cockpit of his Schmidt-Peterson Racing No. 5 Honda as part of a Verizon IndyCar Series test at Road America on Monday, held in preparation for the series’ …

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James Hinchcliffe to Test Indy Car Next Week

(Credit: Chris Jones)

Just four months after a devastating crash at Indianapolis Motorsport Speedway, James Hinchcliffe will return to the seat of a racecar when he tests a Schmidt Peterson Motorsports IndyCar vehicle at Road America on Sept. 28. Hinchcliffe said that the feeling of getting back behind the wheel will be a great one. “I expect to …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Let a Loss Not Be in Vain

(Photo: Chris Jones)

There’s a place in motorsports where tradition and progress sometimes clash, and more often than not it’s tradition that prevails. It’s understandable because so often fans, owners, and drivers lament that things just aren’t like they used to be and no one values tradition. No one wants to drive fans and competitors away so ideas …

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Lucky Unlucky Hinchcliffe Doesn’t Remember Indy Incident

(Photo: Chris Owens)

James Hinchcliffe joked that he received “a complete oil change” over the past month following his violent crash in the final practice prior to the Indianapolis 500. In all seriousness, the affable Canadian IndyCar Series driver is lucky to be alive, and he knows it too. The driver known as Hinchtown suffered a life-threatening leg …

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Happiness Is… Funny Stuff, Yoga & Released

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

By winning the Coca-Cola 600, Carl Edwards has now joined the Chase fray, putting him in position to tinker around for the rest of the “regular season,” continue building chemistry with new crew chief Darian Grubb and meld into the Joe Gibbs Racing organization as a whole. Congrats goes to Edwards, then for earning his first …

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James Hinchcliffe Released from Hospital

Photo Credit: IndyCar Media

More than a week after his violent crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, James Hinchcliffe has been released from the hospital. The popular Canadian driver underwent surgery on May 18 for an upper-left thigh and pelvic injury and was released just eight days afterwards on Tuesday May 26. He is expected to make a full …

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