Royal Purple, Manpower to Horsepower program to be featured in Red Bull GRC this week

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Cool program here between Royal Purple and Manpower to Horsepower (MP2HP), a non-profit organization that helps rehabilitate combat veterans and re-acclimate them to civilian life through specialized training for careers in motorsports, heading into the fourth of July weekend.

The full release is below:

Premium synthetic lubricant and performance chemical manufacturer, Royal Purple®, today announced it is celebrating its partnership with veterans organization, Manpower to Horsepower, in an NBC Sports video feature at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River race in Jacksonville, North Carolina on July 5.

A longtime partner of Royal Purple, Manpower to Horsepower is an organization that seeks to help combat veterans re-acclimate to civilian life by providing specialized training and job placement for careers in motorsports.

The organization has helped rehabilitate dozens of American heroes since its founding in 2010, offering its comprehensive 16 week program at no charge to those enrolled. Royal Purple supports Manpower to Horsepower by supplying its complete line of premium high performance lubricants and chemical products as well as well Royal Purple branded shop apparel for use in the program. Royal Purple also extends this same support to a number veteran staffed race teams composed of graduates of Manpower to Horsepower’s program.

Filmed on location at the MCAS New River Red Bull Global Rallycross race, Royal Purple will honor Manpower to Horsepower in a three minute NBC Sports video by offering a behind the scenes look at this remarkable organization and its efforts to help the heroic men and woman of the U.S. armed forces thrive in civilian life.

“We couldn’t be more proud to partner with and celebrate Manpower to Horsepower,” said Leah Herrington, Royal Purple Vice President of Marketing. “The veterans of this country selflessly put their lives on the line to protect our nation’s freedom, and by supporting Manpower to Horsepower we honor their service.”

Royal Purple invites race fans to tune into NBC Sports on Sunday, July 5 at 5 p.m. ET to watch Royal Purple honor Manpower to Horsepower during the Red Bull Global Rallycross MCAS New River race. For more information on Royal Purple and its full line of synthetic lubricants and performance chemical additives, please visit http://www.RoyalPurple.com.

James Hinchcliffe on Andretti: ‘It’s certainly the place I want to be’

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Since before the start of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, James Hinchcliffe tirelessly has worked to ensure the future would include a full-time return in 2021.

And with an opportunity to run the final three races this season with Andretti Autosport, there seems a surefire (albeit unlikely) path.

“If I go out and win all three,” Hinchcliffe joked with IndyCar on NBC announcer Leigh Diffey in an interview Friday (watch the video above), “it would be hard for them to say no, right?”

Regardless of whether he can go unbeaten at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course next weekend or the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida (where he earned his first career win in 2013), Hinchcliffe will have the chance to improve his stock with the team that he knows well and now has an opening among its five cars for 2021.

All three of Hinchcliffe’s starts this season — the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, July 4 at the IMS road course and the Indianapolis 500 — were with Andretti, where he ran full time in IndyCar from 2012-14.

“Obviously, the plan from January 2020 was already working on ’21 and trying to be in a full-time program,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed being reunited with Andretti Autosport, and everybody there has been so supportive. It’s been a very fun year for me on track. It’s been kind of a breath of fresh air in a lot of ways.

“It’s certainly the place I want to be moving forward. We’ve been working on that, working on those conversations. Genesys has been an incredible partner in my three races. We’ll be representing Gainbridge primarily, but Genesys will still have a position on our car in the last three.”

Gainbridge is the primary sponsor of the No. 26 Dallara-Honda that was vacated by Zach Veach, who left the team after it was determined he wouldn’t return in 2021. Hinchcliffe can empathize having lost his ride with Arrow McLaren SP after last season with a year left on his deal.

“You never want to earn a ride at the expense of somebody else in the sense that has happened here with Zach,” Hinchcliffe said. “I feel bad that he’s not able to see out the last three races of his season. I’ve got a lot of respect for him off track. He’s been a teammate this year, a colleague for years before that and honestly a friend for years before that. I’ve got a lot of time for him and his family. I understand a little bit of what it’s like in that position and what he’s going through.”

Hinchcliffe is ready to seize the moment, though, starting with the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He had been hoping to add the Harvest Indy Grand Prix to his schedule and had been working out for the possibility.

“Then last week I had given up hope (and) was resigned that wasn’t happening,” he said. “I told my trainer, ‘I think we’re done for this year.’ Three days later, this call comes. I’m glad we didn’t make that decision too early. I feel great physically.

“I look at it as a great opportunity to continue to show I’ve still got what it takes and should be there hopefully full time next year on the grid.”

Watch Hinchliffe’s video with Leigh Diffey above or by clicking here.