HINCHCLIFFE IS VICTORIOUS AT MAZDA RACEWAY "Maximum Point Weekend" Oakville, Ontario -- October 15, 2005. -- James Hinchcliffe, of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, went flag-to-flag this past weekend to earn his third victory of the season at...
HINCHCLIFFE IS VICTORIOUS AT MAZDA RACEWAY
"Maximum Point Weekend"
Oakville, Ontario -- October 15, 2005. -- James Hinchcliffe, of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, went flag-to-flag this past weekend to earn his third victory of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the final round of the 2005 Star Mazda Series Championship. Hinchcliffe piloted the #98 NOCO/Mobil 1 AIM Autosport Mazda to the checkers after putting the car on the pole position earlier in the weekend.
The young Hinchcliffe did everything in his power to make a run at the championship by garnering the pole position, fastest race lap, most laps led and victory but came just short in his title hunt finishing third in the overall series and second in the Rookie-of-the-Year honors.
"Well I did everything I needed to do today to try and capture the championship but Raphael (Matos) and Robbie (Peccorari) didn't cooperate," Hinchcliffe, who captured his third pole position of the season earlier in the day, explained. "With all the caution periods this race was pretty uneventful, and while I can't complain about winning this race, you never like to finish under the yellow flag. I have to thank everyone at AIM Autosport for all their hard work this season and to come here and wrap up the season with maximum points."
Hinchcliffe had an excellent rookie season with three victories, three pole positions, and six podium finishes capturing a total of 433 points to secure third in the championship. Hinchcliffe was a model of consistency, finishing in the top ten in all twelve races, and along with the championship winner, completed every lap of every race.
"I have to thank so many people for such a great season. First and foremost has to be the AIM Autosport squad. They did a terrific job all year long and even though we had a few minor problems, they were always there to work through whatever was thrown at us. NOCO Lubricants and NOCO racing along with Mobil 1 have been great supporters of my career so far and I am looking forward to working with them again next year. Last but not least, I need to thank my family for being with me and believing in me every step of the way."
Hinchcliffe is already working hard towards next season as he looks to be Canada's next open wheel star. Looking to move up the Motorsports ladder, Hinchcliffe is looking to make the right move to further his career.