Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe returns to the race track for the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the 2016 this weekend following his debut on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
The Mayor of HinchTown and his dance partner Sharna Burgess secured the joint top score of 31/40.
Speaking about Hinch’s performance, Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi who was in the audience to watch the show commented by saying:
It was awesome to be here. We’re all very proud of him. I definitely think he’s going to go very far on the show.
The Mayor of HinchTown’s room-mate and fellow Verizon IndyCar Series driver Conor Daly was also in the audience with Dale Coyne Racing driver commenting by saying:
James, as a driver, he’s a winner. We know he was nervous but he went for the lead and he took it and shared the pole with Laurie Hernandez. He’s going to win this thing.
Speaking following the show, Hinchcliffe commented by saying:
Tonight was shocking I think in a few ways, but obviously it was an incredible night. “For us to come out second, I was a bit nervous to go early, but on the other hand it was kind of nice to get it out of the way. We’ve been practicing so hard working on that routine. Sharna is an incredible teacher and an incredible choreographer and that I think really showed. The dance went off better than we could have expected. The judges’ scores and comments were better than anyone could have expected for Night 1. We’re just over the moon with how it came together.
The Mayor of HinchTown also commented on the show interruption by saying:
It’s very unfortunate. He’s come here to dance. He’s come here to show a different side of himself. To have something like that happen, it puts a damper on the evening but I think he’s handling it pretty well and, if anything, it just might make him bounce back even stronger in Week 2.”
Hinchcliffe’s attention now shifts gear to the final race of the season. The Canadian heads to Sonoma Raceway this weekend for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma in 10th place in the series standings and is hoping to end his season on a high:
Obviously, I’m sad that the 2016 season is coming to an end, but there’s no better place to do that than Sonoma Raceway. The test last week was not as smooth as we would’ve liked, but that has happened a few times this year and each time we came back for the race much stronger. I’ve got full confidence in my Arrow Electronics team to come back strong and finish the season on a high.