Hinchliffe gets a global audience, gets fenders and gets to the Acme at Portland! (Ludington, MI) June 22, 2006 -- James Hinchcliffe (Hinch) has so much going on that we had to combine multiple Hinch items into one piece. Hinch selected by ...
Hinchliffe gets a global audience, gets fenders and gets to the Acme at Portland!
(Ludington, MI) June 22, 2006 -- James Hinchcliffe (Hinch) has so much going on that we had to combine multiple Hinch items into one piece.
Hinch selected by Jeremy Shaw as on-air partner for International TV gig.
Each Champ Car World Series race is broadcast to over 170 countries. Jeremy Shaw has been the skilled host for many years but for 2006, he has chosen James Hinchcliffe to be his expert sideman.
Jeremy Shaw explains, "I first met James a couple of years ago when he was racing in Formula BMW USA and I was immediately impressed by his level of maturity as well as his driving prowess. It's been a lot of fun to have him in the booth with me these past few races. He has a wonderful, upbeat attitude, a great sense of humor and a surprisingly solid knowledge of the sport for one so young. He clearly has a passion for motor racing, as do I, and I hope that comes across in our broadcasts."
Hinch was thrilled with the chance, "I got the call from Jeremy right before the Houston race to join him in the booth and I was really excited. I had joined him in the booth briefly in 2004 and really enjoyed it. Broadcasting is always something I have been interested in, but I just never thought I would get the chance so early! Working with Jeremy is great because he is so experienced and knowledgeable that everything just flows so nicely. I guess Houston went well because as soon as the broadcast was over, he turned to me and said "what are you doing after your race in Monterrey?!"
Hinch will join Shaw in the booth for every Champ Car race that his already-crazy schedule permits.
Hinch goes Grand Am with AIM.
AIM Autosport will enter the premier division of the Rolex Sports Car Series on Thursday June 29 at Daytona International Speedway with team alumni James Hinchcliffe and Mark Wilkins at the wheel.
"When AIM told me they wanted me for the seat along side Mark, I was really excited. I have wanted to try my hand at some endurance racing so this was the perfect opportunity to do it" said a happy Hinch. "It is a new team and I am a new driver so we can try and develop together over the weekend. Plus I hear driving a car with fenders is cool because it is easier to hit people.... I'm kidding, kind of! We are doing the one day event which is too bad because the added track time of a full weekend really would have helped me and the team acclimatize to the car. But Mark and I will get in and give it our best! So just a big thanks to AIM for the opportunity, should be a ton of fun and if we do well they might even ask me back!"
With a Lexus-powered Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype chassis purchased from Target Chip Ganassi Racing, AIM intends to compete in three events this year, preparing for a full championship season in 2007.
"I am extremely pleased to be involved in taking AIM to the next level in professional motorsport," said AIM partner, Ian Willis, who manages the Formula Mazda team and has taken on management of the new program. "Having Mark and James teamed up for Daytona is really exciting as they work so well together and are both fast and mature drivers for their young ages."
"James is a great driver," Mark Wilkins added, "And I look forward to racing with him. I think we will be a competitive combination."
Hinch wins in Portland.
So Hinch only led one lap, but it was the one that counted. Hinch's first win in the Yokohama presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship powered by Mazda also resulted in a sharp move in the overall standings. Hinch is now in 2nd place behind his teammate Andreas Wirth. "Passing, getting passed, cars coming on, cars going off, cars breaking down - it was like the race nobody wanted to win - but I'll take it! The #3 Emexis/INDECK car wasn't the best car out there this weekend but we really brought it back after a bit of a rough qualifying session. We were nice and consistent on a day when everybody seemed to be quick at first and then fall off. We made a few moves and gained some spots, but my heart goes out to Ryan (Lewis, who was leading when his gearbox failed) and Joe (D'Agostino, who was second but pulled off track with two laps to go). But for us to come back from a difficult weekend at the last race in Monterrey to put two guys on the podium is a testament to just how hard our guys work. And I had to win the race; I couldn't let A.J. (Allmendinger, Forsythe Champ Car Team) make us all look bad by winning on his first weekend on the job. We pulled it off in style!"
Hinch's winning race time of 47:22.170 established a new Atlantic record for a 40-lap race at PIR.
Hinch heads to Cleveland for a tough double-header that will feature standing starts for the first time this season.