Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe ended the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season in 13th place in the standings on 416 points.

The Mayor Of HinchTown finished the season ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma in 12th place just behind his team mate Mikhail Aleshin having started the race from 20th place on the grid following a frustrating Saturday with the No.5 Arrow Honda.

Hinchcliffe ends the year with three podium finishes which came at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis where he finished the race in third place behind race winner Simon Pagenaud and second placed Helio Castroneves.

Hinchcliffe went on to finish his home race, the Honda Indy Toronto in third place scoring his first home podium.

Last month, the Mayor of HinchTown finished the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway in second place behind winner Graham Rahal in what was the closest finish in Texas Motor Speedway history.

Hinchcliffe also claimed pole position for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Speaking following the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Hinchcliffe commented by saying:

It wasn’t a terrible day but it wasn’t a tremendous day. “From where we started, I think coming home twelfth was a reasonable gain but we were certainly hoping for more coming into the day. The Arrow Electronics car was good. We just kind of wavered back and forth about which strategy to use and went with the three-stopper, which might have been the right call. It’s tough to tell until we sit down and look at it.Either way, we brought the car home and the crew was great in the pits. The car was better in the race than it has been all weekend. Like I said, it was not the finish that we wanted but it was still a great season overall. A big thanks to SPM and Arrow Electronics for a great 2016 and we’ll be back stronger than ever next year.

Hinchcliffe now switches his attention from the race track to the dance floor as he an dance partner Sharna Burgess continue with ABC’s Dancing With The Stars with the second episode airing live tonight before switching his focus back to the Verizon IndyCar Series in preparation for 2017.

 

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