Hinchcliffe aims for third win of season at Indianapolis (VIDEO)

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As James Hinchcliffe tweeted after his dramatic victory in the most recent IZOD IndyCar Series race at Sao Paulo, Brazil, “I don’t always finish races, but when I do, I prefer to win.”

“Rollercoaster” may be the optimal word to describe the Canadian fan favorite’s season so far. It began at St. Petersburg, Florida with his first career IndyCar triumph. But then at Barber Motorsports Park, he ran into early problems and was forced to watch most of the race play out from his wounded car. Round 3 at Long Beach saw him crash out while trying to move through the field, but his fortune turned positive again in Brazil when he took the win with a memorable, last-turn pass of Takuma Sato.

Starting ninth, Hinchcliffe figures to be a threat for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500 as part of Andretti Autosport’s five-car armada for The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he spoke to NBC Sports Network’s Kevin Lee about his “500” preparations and his season so far.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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