Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe could very well be on his way to a championship, following in fellow driver Helio Castroneves’ footsteps.
But we’re not talking about an IndyCar championship here – at least not yet. But Hinchcliffe could very well be on his way to another kind of championship.
On Monday’s edition of “Dancing With the Stars,” the 2016 Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter and dance partner Sharna Burgess danced the tango to near-perfection in the eyes of judges Bruno Tonioli, Julianne Hough and Carrie Ann Inaba, drawing a 29 out of a perfect 30, earning perfect 10 scores from Tonioli and Inaba, and a near-perfect 9 from Hough.
Castroneves and Hough won the 2007 DWTS championship.
Hinchcliffe’s near-fatal crash while practicing for the 2015 Indy 500 was also part of an emotional video vignette aired on the show that covered his comeback from the injury.
Check out the DWTS video above, as well as the following social media posts:
The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.
The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.
The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.
A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.
Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:
(All times are Eastern)
IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1
Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)
IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2
10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)
IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3
10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout
IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4
10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race