Happy birthday to IndyCar’s Canadian comedian and newsmaker, Mayor Hinchcliffe

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We wish James Hinchcliffe a happy 28th birthday today, as the Oakville, Ontario native who joins Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series has been in the news a lot recently.

To recap what he’s already done this offseason, he presided over Charlie Kimball’s wedding, he announced his switch to SPM, expanded on what it will mean to be SPM team leader, raced with a bunch of media folks on a beer bar/bicycle and talked a lot about his own brew, Hinchtown Hammer Down, from Flat 12 Bierworks.

Oh, and he’s also taken electronic dance music (EDM) superstar Deadmau5 in a two-seater ride at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, then raced him in a similar Honda Fit.

But that merely serves as the preamble for more news he’s been making in Indianapolis recently.

THE MAYOR’S A HOMEOWNER

Hinchcliffe told me during the IndyCar postseason celebration in Los Angeles he was expecting to buy a house this offseason – this was before we knew whether he’d stay with Andretti Autosport or make the move to SPM.

He can check that box off the list. Earlier this week he moved into a new house, and posted a pic to Instagram. That’s below.

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HE’S PLAYING SANTA AND VISITING THE RILEY HOSPITAL FOR KIDS

Hinchcliffe recently helped the Heroes Foundation’s Team JOEY Program deliver LEGOs to children fighting cancer at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Video from IndyCar is below, too.

HIS BREW HAS MADE NATIONAL MAGAZINES

More on Hinchtown Hammer Down – and Hinchcliffe’s own goals for improving into 2015 after a tough 2014 – comes in this nice piece for Men’s Journal.

HE WANTS MORE CANADIAN RACES

While embarking on a heavy traveling run, hitting Chicago, Calgary and Fort John, B.C. among other places – while supporting his new team co-owner and countryman Ric Peterson’s Oculus trucking company – Hinchcliffe made the plea for additional Canadian races on future IndyCar schedules.

Since Edmonton left the calendar after 2012, a doubleheader in Exhibition Place in Toronto has served as the lone Canadian stop on the schedule. Over the last 20 years, Edmonton, Montreal, Mont-Tremblant, and Vancouver have also served as homes for North American open-wheel races besides Toronto.

“The next thing for us to try to get a race (in Calgary),” Hinchcliffe told the Toronto Sun’s Dean McNulty. “That would mean a lot to everybody on the team.

“I am 100% in on getting Calgary an IndyCar race. In fact, I think we should have three races in Canada and I feel a second one (in Calgary) is realistic. The level of passion for IndyCar racing in Canada has not decreased.”

HE’LL BE SADDLING UP AND TESTING SOON

Davide Valsecchi stole the headline as he announced his own participation in a December 16 test at Sebring with SPM, but that day will also mark Hinchcliffe’s first run with SPM. As yet, his engineer has not been publicly identified with Ben Bretzman departing for Team Penske with Simon Pagenaud.

Hinchcliffe said while he welcomes the Italian in his first ever IndyCar test, he’ll have to focus on his own program first.

“In all honesty, in that scenario, since nothing is signed for who that teammate is going to be and with me coming in, I’m gonna have to be selfish,” Hinchcliffe said as nicely as possible during a recent interview with NBCSN IndyCar pit reporter Kevin Lee and the Indianapolis Star‘s Curt Cavin on Trackside, on 1070 AM The Fan in Indianapolis.

“I’ll have a lot to do to gel with my guys. I’ll help Davide out where I can, but it’s not a done deal. If he’s not the teammate, it could be time misspent. It’s shocking where we get to practice less and they took more days away form us. I’ll focus on my program until they nail down the second car.”

Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win

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Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.

After scoring his first career victory Sept. 8 at RedBud, Cianciarulo made it two consecutive victories on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He won the first moto by 1.7 seconds over Blake Baggett and the second moto by 2.7 seconds over Baggett.

“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”

With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.

In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).

Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for his second win of the season in the 250 class (Align Media).

Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.

“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.


RESULTS

Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
  8. Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
  9. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
  10. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-11)
  7. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (7-5)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-8)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (8-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 257
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 254
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 202
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 194
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 186
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 162
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 140
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 123
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 114
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot in both motos at Spring Creek (Align Media).