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Ex-Moore Formula Ford a cherished piece of history for Hinchcliffe

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The more we get to learn about IndyCar star James Hinchcliffe, we find there’s still more about him that we don’t know.

It’s what makes Hinchcliffe so unique and such a fan favorite.

Dan Proudfoot wrote a great piece Monday in Toronto’s The Globe & Mail about Hinchcliffe and fellow Canadian and lifelong hero, the late CART racer Greg Moore.

Moore was killed at the age of 24 in a crash in the 1999 CART season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

While Moore’s death devastated Hinchcliffe and millions of his fellow Canadians, it also gave Hinchcliffe some solace from one of his fondest memories of Moore that occurred just 3 ½ months before the latter’s death.

It was during race weekend at the 1999 Molson Indy in Toronto that the-then 12-year-old Hinchcliffe waited patiently outside Moore’s transporter – three hours, in fact – in hopes his Canadian idol would autograph a steering wheel Hinchcliffe had in-hand.

“He was super kind,” Hinchcliffe said of Moore to Proudfoot. “Now, knowing from experience how stressful that time at the track can be, especially at a Canadian race, I’m all the more impressed that he couldn’t have been nicer, more courteous. I thought at the time, I’d been right to choose him as my hero.”

Incidentally, Hinchcliffe’s father, Jeremy, had secretly purchased the Van Diemen RF91 Formula Ford that Moore won rookie-of-the-year honors in the 1991 Esso Protec F1600 championship.

Somehow, even though his father’s purchase was a secret, James managed to get a hold of the steering wheel from Moore’s 1991 race car.

That signed steering wheel remains one of the Mayor of Hinchtown’s prized possessions. And he and his father both still own Moore’s race car, that is in storage in Bethany, Ontario.

“I just don’t think I’ll ever race Greg’s Formula Ford again,” Hinchcliffe told Proudfoot. “There’s too much sentimental value in it at this point.”

In addition to the Formula Ford, Hinchcliffe has a significant collection of Moore memorabilia that he’s collected over the years, including a driver’s suit, gloves, shoes, trophies and more. Hinchcliffe’s 2012 Indianapolis 500 qualifying run, his first with Andretti Autosport and second overall, saw him carry a pair of Moore’s trademark red gloves with him en route to qualifying second on the grid.

“This car should go to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame,” Hinchcliffe told Proudfoot.

The CMHF has not built a permanent structure yet, so another option would be to potentially give Moore’s 1991 racer to the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, which houses a permanent display about Moore and his life.

Click here to read Proudfoot’s entire story about Hinchcliffe and his hero, Greg Moore.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.