IndyCar: James Hinchcliffe presides over Charlie Kimball’s wedding


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 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.

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”