Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe makes his 100th Verizon IndyCar Series career start in the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway.
The Mayor of HinchTown made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Newman Haas Racing in 2011 and scored his first top five finish in only his second race when he finished the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
In 2012, Hinch moved to Andretti Autosport replacing Danica Patrick in the car that was originally due to go to Dan Wheldon following Patrick’s move to NASCAR.
In only his third race with the team at Long Beach, Hinch scored his first podium finish with a third place.
In 2013, Hinch had a great season as he won three races starting with the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. The Mayor of HinchTown followed it up with victory in Brazil. Hinch also took victory in Iowa which is where the Verizon IndyCar Series are heading this weekend.
In 2014, Hinch’s best result was a third place finish at the Mid-Ohio sportscar. The Mayor of HinchTown moved to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2015 and took victory in only his second race for the team in Louisiana.
During practice for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, Hinch suffered near fatal injuries in the biggest G-Force loading accident ever recorded in the history of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Hinch sat out the rest of the season and made a full recovery returning to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2016.
Hinch scored his first podium of the season at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis where he finished the race in third place. At the following race, the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, his return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval layout for the first time since his accident, the Mayor of HinchTown scored his first ever Verizon P1 Award.
Hinch scored a podium finish at his home race, the Honda Indy Toronto last year when he finished the race in third place.
Hinchcliffe finished in second place at the rescheduled race at Texas Motor Speedway where he finished in second place behind race winner Graham Rahal in what was the closest finish in Texas IndyCar Series history.
So far in 2017, Hinch has secured one win which came at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and took a third place finish in race one in Detroit.
Hinch heads to Iowa this weekend in 12th place in the standings on 242 points.