Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe and his dancing partner Sharna Burgess scored the highest points in Dancing With The Stars on Monday night.
Dancing the Tango, the pair scored a 29 out of a possible 30 points. The night’s theme was about the most memorable year and the Mayor of HinchTown picked 2015, when he suffered his near fatal accident during practice for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
In a video clip before their dance, Hinchcliffe described the crash as ‘the best thing that ever happened to me.’
In the video package which featured interviews with Hinchcliffe’s parents Jeremy and Arlene, the trauma surgeon who helped save the Mayor of HinchTown’s life, Dr Timothy H Pohlman was asked what is the survival rate from injuries such as the ones suffered by Hinchcliffe to which he replied zero.
Dr Pohlman said that he transfused blood into James’s body three times. Hinch and Sharna danced the Tango after which Dr Pohlman who was in the audience surprised Hinchcliffe on by coming on stage.
Speaking following their performance, Hinchcliffe told IndyCar.com
It was great, Dr. Pohlman and I have become buddies. “One of the things that was really interesting for me in getting to know him after the fact was normally he’s a trauma surgeon – someone comes in, he fixes them, they leave. They never see each other again. He never gets to see his work.
The Mayor of HinchTown went on to say:
And in me, we created a friendship; we created a bond and we see each other regularly. We go to dinner, we drink Scotch together, he flew out here for this. My parents and him and his fiancée vacation together. We’ve become very good friends. For him, it’s a bit of a point of pride. It’s later in his career and he gets to see the fruits of his labor, so to speak, somebody that he saved is not only alive, back to doing his job. So it’s a cool connection we have.
Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba commented on Hinchcliffe saying:
a miracle, and I’m not just talking about surviving that crash. I’m talking about on the dance floor. As far as posture, hold, technique, you are the one to beat,