James Hinchcliffe
James  Hinchcliffe
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
James Hinchcliffe
rank
13
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Championship
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Birthday
Dec 5, 1986
5 Honda Canada Road To Indy Graduate
Website hinchtown.com
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Hometown
Toronto, Ontario
Residence
Indianapolis

IN HIS OWN WORDS

(On INDYCAR's competitiveness): "It is such a competitive series, and consistency is so valuable that even if you're not winning races, if you're consistently in the top five, getting on the podium, maybe snag a win or two, there's absolutely no reason why you can't be at least in the hunt, in the conversation of the championship."

ON TRACK

  • Five-time Verizon IndyCar Series race winner
  • 2011 Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year
  • 2010 Indy Lights runner-up.
  • Tony Renna Rising Star Award winner, 2011; Greg Moore Legacy Award winner, 2010

OFF TRACK

  • Self-proclaimed mayor of fictional Internet city "Hinchtown."
  • Finished second on Season 23 of "Dancing with the Stars" along with partner Sharna Burgess. His eight-week run on the Emmy-award winning show landed him appearances on "Ellen," "Good Morning America," "Entertainment Tonight," "Access Hollywood" and "The View."
  • Has microbrew beer named for him: Hinchtown Hammer Down brewed by Flat12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis. The golden ale is now available year-round across Indiana, Kentucky and Hinchcliffe's native Ontario.
  • Collects guitars and antique lighters, counts Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy among his favorite guitarists
  • Worked as a broadcast analyst for Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Champ Car and A1 GP Network. Hosts the "Mayor on Air" radio show and podcast on Sirius/XM Radio.
  • Lists Twenty One Pilots, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Skrillex and Diplo among his favorite musical artists.
  • Ambassador for Spyder's high-end performance clothing line; certified SCUBA diver.
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CAREER STATS
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 1 0 3 7 50 11
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 1 4 9 217 15
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 5 1 0 1 2 20 5
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 0 0 4 8 75 15
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 3 0 6 11 264 15
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 0 0 5 8 39 11
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 0 3 7 26 13
Total 106 5 1 26 52 691 85
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2010 Indy Lights 13 3 0 10 12 117 11
2009 Indy Lights 15 0 0 6 10 20 12

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish


Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Logo

Team co-owner Sam Schmidt made 27 career starts in the IndyCar Series as a driver, earning one victory and pole position, both achievements in his hometown of Las Vegas in September 1999 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway while driving for Treadway Racing.

In January 2000, Schmidt became a quadriplegic due to injuries suffered in a testing crash at Orlando, Fla. Schmidt puts his master's degree in international finance from Pepperdine University to work managing the marketing efforts for the IndyCar team he formed in 2001 and the strategic direction of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.

In late 2012, Schmidt and Ric Peterson, founder and COO of Oculus Transport Ltd., announced the formation of a partnership as owners of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

Team Website spmindycar.com/
First Start
April 10, 2011 (Barber)
First Win
March 24, 2013 (St. Petersburg)
First Pole
May 21, 2016 (Indianapolis)

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2016
    • Finished 13th in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with best finish of second at Texas.
    • Won first career pole position at Indianapolis 500, capping his remarkable comeback from serious injury the previous year.
    • Scored podium finishes at GP of Indianapolis, Toronto and Texas among his nine top-10 finishes.
    • Led a race-high 188 laps at Texas.
  • 2015
    • Competed in five Verizon IndyCar Series races for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with win at New Orleans.
    • Finished seventh at Barber.
    • Led three of five starts for a total of 20 laps.
    • Injured in practice crash while preparing for the Indianapolis 500 and missed rest of the season.
  • 2014
    • Finished 12th in season standings driving for Andretti Autosport, with one podium finish (third at Mid-Ohio) and eight top-10 finishes.
    • Qualified in the top 10 in 11 races, including a stretch of five second-place starting efforts in six races.
    • Led race-high 32 laps at Houston-1 before finishing fifth.
  • 2013
    • Finished eighth in point standings for Andretti Autosport, scoring first career Indy car wins at St. Petersburg, Sao Paulo and Iowa.
    • Recorded six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
    • Made daring pass out of final turn to win at Sao Paulo.
    • Led 264 laps, including a dominating 226 of 250 at Iowa.
  • 2012
    • Finished eighth in point standings for Andretti Autosport with best finish of third at Long Beach and Milwaukee.
    • Recorded five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
    • Started a career-best second at Barber and matched it by qualifying second at Indianapolis, where he finished sixth.
  • 2011
    • Finished 12th in standings for Newman/Haas Racing.
    • Named Tony Renna Rising Star and Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
    • Recorded seven top-10 finishes, with a best of fourth at Long Beach, New Hampshire and Kentucky.

James's Road To Indy

  • 2010
    • Finished second in Indy Lights for Team Moore Racing with three wins (Long Beach, Edmonton and Chicagoland).
    • Posted series-best four pole positions (St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Watkins Glen and Edmonton).
    • Scored 10 top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes in 13 starts.
    • Won Greg Moore Legacy Award as Indy Lights rising star.
  • 2009
    • Finished fifth in Indy Lights for Sam Schmidt Motorsports with best finish of second at Mid-Ohio.
    • Recorded five podium finishes, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 15 starts.
  • 2008
    • Finished fourth in Atlantic Championship for Forsythe/Pettit Racing with a win at Laguna Seca, two poles and four podium finishes.
  • 2007
    • Finished fourth in Atlantic Championship for Sierra Sierra Enterprises.
    • Earned three pole positions, six top-five results and nine top-10 results in 12 races.
    • Competed for Team Canada in the A1 Grand Prix series.
  • 2006
    • Enjoyed a strong rookie season in Atlantic Championship with Forsythe Championship Racing.
    • Scored three podium results including third at Long Beach, his first series victory at Portland and a third-place run at Montreal, where he also captured his first Atlantic pole.
  • 2005
    • Finished the season ranked second among all rookies.
    • Finished third in Star Mazda with three victories, three poles and six podium results.
  • 2004
    • Earned Atlantic test with Polestar Racing Group at Sebring.
    • Earned Formula BMW USA Rookie of the Year honors after scoring three wins, four poles and 10 podium finishes.
  • 2003
    • Earned five wins, four poles and 11 podium results while finishing third in the Bridgestone Racing Academy F2000 series.
  • Early Career
    • Captured the TKC Junior Rotax Class Karting Championship with seven wins in seven starts in 2002.
    • Earned Junior Rotax Canada Cup title and won TKC Winter Series Championship in 2002.
    • Competed in several regional and national karting series and championships throughout the United States and Canada.