IndyCar’s James Hinchcliffe’s top Canadian songs list misses too many

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IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe is rightly very proud of his Canadian heritage and likes to share all that’s good from north of the border to fans in the U.S. and elsewhere.

For example, Hinchcliffe gave IndyCar.com a list of some of his favorite Canadian singers and songs, saying he “was feeling extra Canadian and wanted to share some of the greats of music back home.”

Here’s Hinch’s list:

  • Where are U Now (with Justin Bieber) – Jack U, Skrillex, Diplo, Justin Bieber
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • The Motto – Drake, Lil Wayne
  • Can’t Feel My Face – Def Ghetto Boyz
  • Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  • American Woman – The Guess Who
  • If I had $1,000,000 – Barenaked Ladies
  • This Is How It Goes – Billy Talent
  • Paralyzer – Finger Eleven
  • Bad Girlfriend – Theory of a Deadman
  • Courage – The Tragically Hip
  • Monty of May – Arcade Fire

Admittedly, some of the Mayor of Hinchtown’s picks are outstanding, including Bryan Adams and The Guess Who.

But come on, Justin Bieber as No. 1?

And what about all the other Canadian greats that Hinch missed on his list? How could he skip RUSH, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Anka, Shania Twain and so many others?

So in response and all in good fun, here’s a counter-list to Hinch’s list (and Biebs is nowhere to be found, I might add). Will the Mayor look at the list, slap his forehead and say, “How could I have forgotten them? What the heck was I thinking, eh?”

  • Tom Sawyer — RUSH
  • Rockin’ In The Free World — Neil Young
  • Go For Soda — Kim Mitchell
  • The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald — Gordon Lightfoot
  • Snowbird — Anne Murray
  • My Way — Paul Anka
  • Feel Like A Woman — Shania Twain
  • My Heart Will Go On — Celine Dion
  • Big Yellow Taxi — Joni Mitchell
  • Fight The Good Fight — Triumph
  • Complicated — Avril Lavigne
  • You Oughta Know — Alanis Morissette
  • Takin’ Care of Business — Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • You’ve Made Me So Very Happy — David Clayton Thomas (of Blood, Sweat and Tears fame)
  • Constant Craving — k.d. lang
  • Home — Michael Buble
  • Sunglasses At Night — Corey Hart
  • Take Off — Bob and Doug McKenzie

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Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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