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.”

Chase Sexton wins Triple Crown Anaheim 2 Supercross: Levi Kitchen unseats Jett Lawrence in 250s

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Chase Sexton won two of the three races in the Monster Energy Supercross Anaheim 2 Triple Crown, which was enough to overcome a fifth-place finish in Race 2 and give him the overall victory. It was the second Supercross win of his career.

“Super big night for me,” Sexton told NBC Sports’ Will Christien. “After last weekend with that being a struggle, I just need to come out here and stop the bleeding a little bit and I did that tonight.”

Sexton suffered a crash on Lap 1 of his heat, sending him into Last Chance Qualifier. The bad gate pick put him in a difficult position to start the race and he was able to climb to only fifth at the checkers.

At Anaheim 2, three riders entered the final race of the Triple Crown in a winner-take-all scenario. Sexton, Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac each had a shot at victory. It raised the intensity level for all riders in an evening that featured a lot of comers and goers.

Jason Anderson took the early lead in Race 3, which set him up for the overall victory. Sexton stalked and passed him midway through the race and then a minor mistake late allowed Webb to slip around as well. Anderson’s 5-1-3 gave him second overall.

“I had a tough couple of rounds, getting off that Anaheim 1 crash and then last week weekend I fumbled a little bit, but I’m excited to get back on the box and start moving forward,” Anderson told Jason Thomas.

Anderson finished seventh in the first two rounds of 2023.

RESULTS: How they finished for the 450 Main in Anaheim 2

Ken Roczen was the model of consistency in the opening rounds and at Anaheim 2. In three races so far this year, he’s gotten progressively better each time with a fifth in A1, a fourth last week in San Deigo and a third this week.

With results of 2-3-4, he earned his first podium of the season, which lands him fourth in the standings.

“This was hard earned,” Roczen said after the race. “I completely botched the start and then to have to work my way up. I only happen on the very last lap to step up here on the podium.”

Webb’s solid second-place finish in the third race allowed him to leapfrog several riders and finish fourth overall, but a seventh in Race 1 kept him off the podium. He improved in each race in Anaheim, however, with a 7-4-2.

With a 4-6-5, Dylan Ferrandis rounded out the top five.

The intensity of the race was a little too much for Tomac.

While battling side-by-side with Webb in Race 3 at the one-third mark, Tomac jumped wide and crashed hard. He fell to 14th, doing some damage to his bike in the process. He advanced only one position in that race to 13th. His first two races, a third and second, were strong enough to give him sixth overall. He retains the points lead, but it has shrunk to a gap of only four over Sexton and Webb.

Malcolm Stewart injured late in the week and was not able to mount.


Levi Kitchen became the first rider to unseat Jett Lawrence in the Triple Crown format at Anaheim 2 and won the overall with consistency. In his three races, Kitchen finished 4-2-2 to narrowly edge the winner of the first two races.

“This whole day; this is unbelievable. I took a few good slams in practice and I was down on myself,” Kitchen told NBC Sports Jason Thomas afterward. “The first moto I got a good start and got shuffled back, then I knew I just needed to be consistent.”

Jett Lawrence saved his best for last – which wasn’t hard given the struggles he experienced in the first two races.

Despite those problems, he entered Race 3 of the Triple Crown three points behind Kitchen after suffering a pair of disappointing races by his personal measuring stick. In the first and second 250 races of the night, Lawrence hit the ground. He dropped to the final rider in the running order in Race 2 with a Lap 1 fall. But in both races, he was able to overcome his mistake and close the gap so that he had a chance to take his first Triple Crown win of his career.

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Lawrence rode to third in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2. In the final race of the night, Lawrence did all he could. He earned the holeshot, but when Kitchen fell in behind him, Lawrence’s fate was sealed. His 3-6-1 tied him in points with Stilez Robertson, but the tiebreaker goes to the final round and his win secured second-place.

“I can definitely say Triple Crowns are not my thing,” Lawrence told NBC Sports Will Christien. “We have one more to try and fix this, so hopefully we can get that done.”

Lawrence will move into the 450 class for the Lucas Oil Motocross outdoor season and his 250 record book will be closed.

The best news for Lawrence is the other riders who entered this round in the top three had a worse night, so Lawrence leaves Anaheim with a 16-point gap on Cameron McAdoo and 17 over RJ Hampshire.

Roberston finished 6-1-3 to take the final step of the podium.

“Getting that win in the second Main meant a lot,” Roberston told Thomas. “I wish I could have done a little better in the third one, but we’re still up here on the box.”

Mitchell Oldenburg used consistency to earn fourth in the overall. He finished 5-4-6.

After missing the Main last week in San Diego, Max Vohland finished 7-8-4 to round out the top five.

RJ Hampshire set himself up as the early favorite with his Race 1 win. In Race 2, it all fell apart. He fell in the sand section and damaged his bike, finishing last in that race. The final event of the night for the 250s provided only a 13th-place finish, leaving Hampshire deep in the points.

Cameron McAdoo hard crash in qualification, which was scary news for a team that has seen three of their riders sidelined with injury. McAdoo was never quite able to get his rhythm with an 8-7-5.

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San Diego: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence double down
Anaheim 1: Tomac wins opener for the first time

Anaheim 2 coverage

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