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#TBT: When James Hinchcliffe made a brat video at Road America (VIDEO)

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Before James Hinchcliffe was “Hinch” and arguably one of if not the most marketable stars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, he was an up-and-coming driver in the Champ Car Atlantic series whose early YouTube escapades as the “Mayor of Hinchtown” made him something of a cult hero and urban legend.

For those who’ve followed him that long, you’ll appreciate and remember this video.

Back in 2008, the last year that Atlantic series ran at Road America – besides Hinchcliffe the field featured a number of talents like Dane Cameron, Jonathan Bomarito, Simona de Silvestro, Jonathan Summerton among others like Frankie Muniz and Nigel Mansell’s two sons – Hinchcliffe went through the paddock and introduced the famous Johnsonville bratwurst served at Road America to drivers, officials and media.

Eight years later, the video remains a cult classic and part of the reason why Hinchcliffe loves Road America so much.

Of course, he loves driving there as well, and it was fitting that when he made his comeback after his accident in practice for the Indianapolis 500, that the comeback occurred at Road America.

On this Thursday, a day before the Verizon IndyCar Series properly resumes at Road America for the KOHLER Grand Prix weekend (race airs Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN), we bring you this #TBT for when Hinch and brats came together for a legendary 2008 Internet video (video shot by IMSA PR ace Nate Siebens).

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).