Former NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver turned NBC Sport NTT INDYCAR SERIES pundit and commentator James Hinchcliffe has been named as one of the members inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall Of Fame class of 2023.
The Mayor of HinchTown who competed in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES from 2011 to 2021 has claimed six victories in the series and famously took pole for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, on his return to the Brickyard following the practice crash that nearly killed him the year before in 2015.
CMHF Chair Peter Lockhart said,
“We’re excited to announce this year’s new inductees to the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. We appreciate everyone who took the time to research and submit nominations. And we applaud the contributions of those who will be inducted, as well as all of those who were put forward for consideration. We’re very grateful to the Canadian racing community for the exceptional quality and quantity of the nominations. And I would like to recognize and thank the members of the Independent Selection Committee – headed by our Chair Emeritus Dr. Hugh Scully – for thoughtfully reviewing and scoring the nominations. It was a lot of work, and they did an excellent job identifying worthy individuals for induction to the Hall.”
“As soon as the Board approved the recommendation for the Class of 2023, I had the honour and pleasure of reaching out to each of the inductees to congratulate them on being selected and as well to their nominators, to thank them for submitting their successful nominations. On behalf of the Board of the CMHF, we celebrate their contributions to racing in Canada. And we look forward to welcoming them to the CMHF in February.”
Speaking about the news Hinchcliffe said
Huge honour to be inducted into the CMHOF. Have always had a special connection to the Hall from when Dad sat on the board. Amazing full-circle feeling now having my own place in the story of such an important institution of Canadian Motorsports. https://t.co/WISxWnjeIP
— James Hinchcliffe (@Hinchtown) November 2, 2023