Last weekend, Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Charlie Kimball got married to Kathleen Thompson on a sunny Saturday in Indianapolis.
The minister that presided over their ceremony was very familiar to them: Kimball’s friend and on-track rival, James Hinchcliffe (pictured). No, really.
The Andretti Autosport pilot, who told IndyCar.com that he used to joke with Kimball and Thompson about marrying them and then was asked to do the honors following their engagement, went through minister licensing and online wedding training.
“[Kimball and Thompson] come from different religious backgrounds and I said right away that if you ask me to do this, I’m going to do it my way and they said that was the point,” Hinchcliffe said. “They didn’t want anything formal.
“For me and what I had been asked to do and by whom, I did a lot of research into what institution made the most sense and found one that fit well with the values of the people involved.”
Per Kimball’s Twitter account, he and his new bride are off on their honeymoon:
Meanwhile, Hinchcliffe has disclosed on his own account that he’s now “taking bookings”:
Who knows, it could wind up as a lucrative side gig for him. In any case, congratulations to Kimball and Thompson. We wish them all the best in their new life together.