Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Racing News: Mayor of Hinchtown Lands a Sweet Gig

Looks like a great day for Canadian drivers in the INDYCAR series. Last year's Rookie of the year and Toronto's own, James Hinchcliffe sealed the deal with Andretti Autosports to drive the #27 Go Daddy.com car for the 2012 INDYCAR season.
You can read all about it in USA Today, here.
The #27 Go Daddy.com car was formerly driven by Danica Patrick who moves to NASCAR this season and her seat was originally supposed to go to Dan Wheldon, who was killed in the season finale in Las Vegas, last October.
Eerily similar to 1999, when Canadian driver Greg Moore who was driving for Players Racing at the time, was killed in the final race of the season at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. Moore was supposed to move to Penske Racing the next year, but instead the seat went to a little known Brazilian driver at the time by the name of Helio Castroneves and we all know how that story went.
I don't think Hinchcliffe will have any problems surpassing Patricks accomplishments in the car, and with a competitive car like this, a championship suddenly becomes a definite possibility for the 2012 season.
Congratulations also goes out to Alex Tagliani, who landed a full season ride with Bryan Herta Racing.
All that's left is for the thrill from West Hill, Paul Tracy, to find that full time ride for this farewell season.

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