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


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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Toyota No. 8 car wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans for third consecutive year

24 Hours of Le Mans

LE MANS, France — Toyota Gazoo’s No. 8 car comfortably won the 24 Hours of Le Mans by five laps Sunday to secure a third straight victory in the prestigious endurance race.

It was also a third consecutive win for Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima driving. Brendon Hartley was the other driver, having replaced two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.

Buemi and Hartley sat on the side of the car as Nakajima drove toward the podium. Hartley won for a second time after tasting success with the Porsche LMP Team in 2017 before an unhappy season in Formula One.

The Swiss team’s Rebellion No. 1 featured American driver Gustavo Menezes and Brazilian Bruno Senna – the nephew of late F1 great Ayrton Senna.

It finished one lap ahead of Toyota Gazoo’s No. 7, with Rebellion’s No. 3 finishing in fourth place.

For much of the race it looked like Toyota’s No. 7 would win after leading comfortably from pole position. But late into the night the car encountered an engine problem and the 30-minute stop in the stands proved costly.

The race was first held in 1923. A total of 252,500 spectators attended in 2019, but there were none this year when the race started three months late because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We miss the fans,” New Zealander Hartley said. “I look forward to seeing all the fans again.”

In other divisions:

United Autosports won the LMP2 division with the entry of Filipe Albuquerque, Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson.

–In LMGTE Pro, the victory was claimed by Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Maxime Martin, Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell (who drives for Mazda in the DPi division of IMSA).

–TF Sport won the LMGTE Am class.

The Toyota No. 7 took pole after former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi narrowly edged out the Rebellion No. 1 team in qualifying.

In damp and humid conditions Mike Conway got away cleanly from the start, while Senna held off Buemi.

After nearly seven hours, Toyota’s No. 8 fell back after a 10-minute stop in the stands to fix a brake-cooling problem on Kazuki Nakajima’s car. Rebellion’s No. 1, driven by Frenchman Norman Nato, took advantage to move into second place behind Toyota’s No. 7.

Then came the decisive moment at 2:40 a.m. as the No. 7 – also featuring Argentine Jose Maria Lopez – encountered a turbo problem. When the car came back out it was back in fourth.

“We had a few problems early in the race,” Nakajima said. “Later they had a bigger issue than us.”

Rebellion’s No. 1 encountered a problem on the hood at around 9 a.m. and the change took six minutes, allowing the Rebellion No. 3 (Nathanael Berthon-Louis Deletraz-Romain Dumas) to close the gap.

It was becoming a tight battle between the two Rebellion cars behind Toyota’s No. 8.

At 12 p.m. Rebellion No. 3 with Dumas behind the wheel was only one second ahead of No. 1 driven by Menezes. Then both cars came in for a driver change with Deletraz swapping for Dumas on a lengthy stop, and Nato for Menezes as Rebellion No. 1 suddenly moved ahead of its team rival.

Dumas, a winner in 2016 with Porsche, appeared unhappy at the strategy decision to bring his car in first and the length of the stop. There were tense explanations in the team garage.

Colombian Tatiana Calderon, an F1 test driver with Alfa Romeo, was in the Richard Mille Racing Team in the LMP2 category. She was joined by German Sophia Florsch – an F3 driver – and Dutchwoman Beitske Visser. They placed ninth out of 24 in their category.