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Want to spend this Monday at IMS for free — and for a good cause?

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Want to experience what it’s like to be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway up close and personal – for free?

Just roll up your sleeves.

Verizon IndyCar Series star James Hinchcliffe has joined with Indiana Health and the American Red Cross to host the #HincliffeHundred blood drive this Monday at IMS (on Legends Row) from Noon to 6 p.m. ET.

All you have to do is go to and enter the code “HinchcliffeHundred” to take part.

More information can be found at The hashtag for the event is #HinchcliffeHundred.

The first 100 people to schedule an appointment to donate blood will receive a ticket and garage pass for the day.

Monday’s event is the kickoff for an even larger multi-year initiative involving Hinchcliffe. He will also host blood drives at several INDYCAR races in the future, including this season’s events at Iowa Speedway and the season finale at Sonoma Raceway.

Blood donation has become a major cause to Hinchcliffe, and understandably so. When he had his horrific crash while practicing for the 2015 Indy 500 at IMS that left him in critical condition, he underwent several blood transfusions.

While it was serious business back then, Hinchcliffe now looks back at the worst crash of his racing career – and resulting recovery – with a sense of humor.

He received a total of 22 units of blood during transfusions. The typical human body holds about 10 to 11 units of blood, prompting the Mayor of Hinchtown to joke he underwent “two full oil changes” during his treatment and recovery.

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Indy Lights: Oliver Askew wins Freedom 100 in thrilling finish

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Oliver Askew won Friday’s Freedom 100 Indy Lights race in thrilling fashion, narrowly edging out Ryan Norman for the victory by an incredibly slim margin – 0.0067 seconds to be exact – in the fourth-closest finish in Freedom 100 history.

Askew took the lead away from teammate Norman just a few feet away from the yard of bricks on the final lap, which was all he needed to claim his third win of his maiden Indy Lights season.

“This is unreal,” Askew told NBC Sports in Victory Lane. “I’ve never raced in front of so many people in my life. This is unbelievable.”

“I woke up this morning and I felt like this could be the day. Starting from eighth, I knew I was going to have a good car. This is incredible. Oh my gosh.”

With Askew and Norman finishing 1-2, Rinus VeeKay would finish the race in the third position. Toby Sowery and Dalton Kellett would round out the top five, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Race polesitter Robert Megennis would be the last driver to finish on the lead lap, taking the checkered flag in the eighth position.

The yellow flag would fly twice in the 40-lap event, with the first caution coming out on lap two when David Malukas spun in Turn 4.

Malukas would make contact with Chris Windom, sending both drivers violently into the inside wall. Both drivers would walk away from the incident safely.

The second caution of the day came out on lap 30 when Sowery made contact with Megennis at speed in Turn 1, causing Sowery’s car to turn in to the nose of the No. 2 car of Megennis. Somehow, both drivers were able to save their cars from making contact with the wall and would continue to race, though Sowery was assessed a penalty for avoidable contact.

With his victory, Askew now sits at the top of the series points standings with 190. He leads VeeKay by 11 points.

The Indy Lights schedule now moves on to Road America, with a double header scheduled for Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. Both races will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

Click here for full Freedom 100 results

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