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


  • Four-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


  • Self-proclaimed mayor of fictional Internet city “Hinchtown.”
  • Regarded for his self-deprecating sense of humor
  • Has microbrew beer named for him: Hinchtown Hammer Down brewed by Flat12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis
  • Ordained minister; officiated the wedding of fellow Verizon IndyCar Series driver Charlie Kimball
  • Collects guitars and antique lighters
  • Worked as a broadcast analyst for IMS Radio Network, Champ Car and A1 GP Network.
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 89 4 1 23 45 641 74
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
First Win
March 24, 2013
St. Petersburg

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2015
    • Competed in five Verizon IndyCar Series races for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with win at NOLA Motorsports Park
    • 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 Verizon IndyCar Series standings for Andretti Autosport.
    • Recorded four top-five finishes, with best of third at Mid-Ohio.
    • Led five races for total of 75 laps.
  • 2013
    • Finished eighth in IndyCar Series standings for Andretti Autosport.
    • Recorded three victories and six top-five finishes overall.
    • Closed season with third- and fourth-place finishes at Houston and Auto Club Speedway.
    • Led five races for total of 264 laps.
    • Was running at the finish in 15 races.
  • 2012
    • Finished eighth in IndyCar Series standings for Andretti Autosport.
    • Recorded eight top-10 finishes, with best of third at Long Beach and Milwaukee.
    • Scored best qualifying position of second at Barber.
  • 2011
    • Finished 12th in IndyCar Series standings for Newman/Haas Racing.
    • Named 2011 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 Firestone Indy Lights championship 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 Firestone Indy Lights’ rising star.
  • 2009
    • Finished fifth in Firestone 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 the Atlantic Championship for Forsythe/Pettit Racing with a win at Laguna Seca, two poles and four podium finishes.
  • 2007
    • Competed for Team Canada in the A1 Grand Prix series.
    • Finished fourth in the Atlantic Championship for Sierra Sierra Enterprises. Earned three pole positions, six top-five results and nine top-10 results in 12 races.
  • 2006
    • Enjoyed a strong rookie season in the 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 third in Star Mazda with three victories, three poles and six podium results.
    • Finished the season ranked second among all rookies.
  • 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.