Hinchcliffe to Wrap Season at Road America Toronto, Canada (August 08, 2007) -- Canada's James Hinchcliffe heads into the final round of the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda keen to put ...
Hinchcliffe to Wrap Season at Road America
Toronto, Canada (August 08, 2007) -- Canada's James Hinchcliffe heads into the final round of the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda keen to put the nightmare of his last run in San Jose firmly behind him and end the season with a victory at Road America this weekend, Friday 10th -- Sunday 12th August.
Hinchcliffe failed to score points for the first time this season at the penultimate round in San Jose two weeks ago, the 20-year-old from Toronto failing even to complete the opening lap with terminal damage to his #9 NOCO/ProWorks Swift Mazda-Cosworth following contact with one of the retaining walls on the tight, 1.5-mile down-town street circuit.
This weekend's layout couldn't be more different as the 4.048-mile Road America track, located at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, plays host to the season finale of Champ Car's official feeder category. The permanent road-course is a popular fixture for drivers who love the openness of the track and Hinchcliffe hopes that his experience there will play a role in wrapping his sophomore season on an upswing.
James' no-score in San Jose, combined with fellow countryman Robert Wickens' third place podium effort, saw the Toronto residents swap third and fourth place in the Driver Standings behind newly crowned Champion, Brazil's Raphael Matos. Having already improved on his tenth place finish from last year's rookie season, where he scored a win in Portland, James is looking to add a victory to his list of achievements from the 2007 season, his record currently boasting three pole positions from eight top-five starts and nine top-ten finishes including five podium visits.
"I'm really looking forward to going back to Road America," Hinchcliffe remarked. "After Toronto it's probably the race I've been itching for all season. It's such an amazing track and the atmosphere is captivating. I always seem to go well there so needless to say I'm hoping for a good result, not least to put the memory of San Jose behind me! It would be a perfect way to end the season if I could capture a win at Road America.
"Just because the championship's been won, it doesn't mean that anyone else will be relaxing this weekend -- there's still a lot of jockeying for position going on. I like my prospects for a good showing come Sunday based on my previous experiences at the track. We've enjoyed competitive cars all season long at Sierra Sierra Enterprises so I've no worries in that department. This year's gone by so fast, it's hard to believe that this is the last weekend!"
Road America hosts Round 12 at 12:45pm EST on Sunday 12th August.
ESPN2 will show the race as a tape-delayed broadcast on Wednesday 22nd August starting at 5pm EST.