Hinchcliffe Making IndyCar Debut
April 5, 2011 | 5:30 P.M. EST
Canadian James Hinchcliffe will make his IndyCar debut Saturday in Alabama. (Photo: IndyCar)
Newman/Haas Racing will expand to two cars for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama this weekend as James Hinchcliffe will drive the No. 06 entry.
Even better for the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights championship runner-up is that he'll compete in all North American events on the IZOD IndyCar Series calendar, including the Honda Indy Toronto in his hometown.
"Finally making my IndyCar debut really is a dream come true and the end of a 15-year journey getting me to this point," said Hinchcliffe, 24.
He recorded victories at Long Beach, Edmonton and Chicagoland Speedway last season with Team Moore Racing. In total, he earned eight podium finishes in 13 races. Hinchcliffe progressed through the ranks of F2000 (2003), Formula BMW (2004), Star Mazda (2005) and Atlantic Series (2006-2008) before joining Firestone Indy Lights in 2009.
Hinchcliffe completed four days of testing at Sebring, Fla., in December and January; and two days at Barber Motorsports Park in March. He'll be teamed with Oriol Servia, driver of the No. 2 Telemundo entry.
"I used to think that driving for Newman/Haas Racing at some point in my career would be amazing, but to get to do it in my rookie season is beyond words," Hinchcliffe said. "I am only the third true rookie to drive for the team and I think that says a lot about the relationship we have forged over the last few months. It was tough to miss Round 1, but getting to debut in Barber makes me feel really comfortable since we have already tested there.
"As anxious as I am to get that first race under my belt, I am already looking forward to my first month of May and, of course, the races in Canada. I hope this is the first of many years for me at this level and I'm going to give everything I've got to make the Canadian fans proud."
Sprott, Inc., a leading independent asset manager based in Toronto, will be the primary sponsor of Hinchcliffe's entry.