RACE: James Hinchcliffe set to hit the track

16 year-old Canadian set to hit the track. TORONTO, ON. -- (MARCH 7, 2004) Oakville, Ontario resident James Hinchcliffe has recently confirmed his presence in two SCCA Formula Ford races in mid-March. The 17-year-old Oakville Trafalgar ...

16 year-old Canadian set to hit the track.

TORONTO, ON. -- (MARCH 7, 2004) Oakville, Ontario resident James Hinchcliffe has recently confirmed his presence in two SCCA Formula Ford races in mid-March. The 17-year-old Oakville Trafalgar Secondary School student will use these events as a warm-up towards the Formula BMW USA Championship that is set to kick off in May.

Hinchcliffe will compete with the AIM Autosport squad which was the team that powered Andrew Ranger to the Fran-Am North America Championship in 2003. Plans for 2004 have yet to be finalized but it looks as if the former karting champion will contest for the Formula BMW USA championship. Hinchcliffe will hit the track with the Woodbridge, Ontario AIM Autosport team over the March 12-14 weekend at Roebling Road in Savannah, GA. The second event on the Southern swing will be on the March 19-21 weekend and will take the AIM Autosport personnel to Virginia International Raceway where Hinchcliffe will hope steer the Aero 2 to victory lane.

Hinchcliffe, who is a multi-time national karting champion, will bring the knowledge, skills and abilities to compete for race wins and championships at any event or series in 2004. His experience gained in the Bridgestone/FormulaCar Magazine F2000 series in Canada and years of karting will make him a contender from the drop of the first green flag in less then a week's time. With the end goal ultimately being the Champ Car World Series, Hinchcliffe is on his way to being Canada's next open wheel champion.

Hinchcliffe will team up with 2004 Canadian Formula Ford championship contender Dan Burchill, and the duo will look to take the AIM Autosport team to the top of the podium at each and every event.

"I tested with the team a few months ago," explained Hinchcliffe. "The car was awesome and the team is great. We had a very productive test and I learned a lot from being behind the wheel of my third different car this season. I think we have a good mix of skills in the team and I hope I am the ingredient needed to bring them another championship."

The young Canadian is looking forward to the upcoming season and the chance to work with a new team, new engineers, new cars and the chance to show North America motorsports the name that will be in the 2004 spotlight. Final plans for 2004 including series, team and sponsors will be announced within the next 30 days.

-www.jameshinchcliffe.com

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Series SCCA
Drivers Andrew Ranger , Dan Burchill , James Hinchcliffe