James Hinchcliffe
James  Hinchcliffe
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
5 Honda Canada Road To Indy Graduate
UAK18 Road-Street
James Hinchcliffe
Career stats
Indy Car History
Championships: 0
Indy 500 Wins: 0
Total Poles
Race Wins
Dec 5, 1986
Website hinchtown.com
Toronto, Ontario


(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."


  • 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


  • 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 Timberlake, The Weeknd, Skrillex and Diplo among his favorite musical artists.
  • Certified SCUBA diver.


2018 NTT IndyCar Series 16 1 0 5 9 65 15
2017 NTT IndyCar Series 17 1 0 3 7 50 11
2016 NTT IndyCar Series 16 0 1 4 9 217 15
2015 NTT IndyCar Series 5 1 0 1 2 20 5
2014 NTT IndyCar Series 18 0 0 4 8 75 15
2013 NTT IndyCar Series 19 3 0 6 11 264 15
2012 NTT IndyCar Series 15 0 0 5 8 39 11
2011 NTT IndyCar Series 16 0 0 3 7 26 13
Total 122 6 1 31 61 756 100
2010 Indy Lights 13 3 0 10 12 117 11
2009 Indy Lights 15 0 0 6 10 20 12

RAF = Running at Finish




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

NTT IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2017
    • Placed 13th in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, winning at Long Beach.
    • Scored podium finishes at Belle Isle-1 and Toronto.
    • Recorded seven top-10 finishes.
    • Led four races for 50 laps.
  • 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 Formula BMW USA Rookie of the Year honors after scoring three wins, four poles and 10 podium finishes.
    • Earned Atlantic test with Polestar Racing Group at Sebring.
  • 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.
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Established in 2001 and owned by former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt and Canadian businessman Ric Peterson, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) currently competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

With a storied history in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series with more than 70 wins, more than 70 pole positions and seven championship wins, the Indianapolis-based team has also found success in the Verizon IndyCar Series with six wins, two Indianapolis 500 pole positions and four poles claimed overall, as well as three top-five finishes in the championship points standings.


Team Website arrowspmindycar.com