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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 www.redcrossblood.org and enter the code “HinchcliffeHundred” to take part.

More information can be found at https://rdcrss.org/2IbkEMw. 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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Twin sisters chosen for Lincoln Tech-Schmidt Peterson Mentorship Program

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Lincoln Tech and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced a continuation of their long-time partnership earlier this year, and part of that partnership included a return of their mentorship program, which sees Lincoln Tech students join SPM’s team during select race weekends.

The ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway will add a new and interesting chapter to that program as the students selected happen to be twin sisters.

Jacqueline and Nathalie Mische, who are studying Automotive Technology at Lincoln Tech’s East Windsor, CT campus, will be part of James Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda team during the Pocono weekend.

Jacqueline and Nathalie Mische will be part of James Hinchcliffe’s team at Pocono. Photo: IndyCar

What’s even more interesting is that Jacqueline and Nathalie previously worked in a hair salon as after graduating from beauty school. They explained that one of their Lincoln Tech instructors, Kristopher Fluckiger, put the idea of pursuing a career in the racing field in their heads.

“He was a Lincoln Tech graduate, and then he was actually a racer,” Natalie and Jacqueline said of Mr. Fluckiger in a video release by Lincoln Tech detailing their story. “When we had him for steering and suspension, he always told us about stagger and race cars. He integrated racing into everything he was teaching us.”

And the young women feel both humbled and surprised by the opportunity at hand.

“It’s still so surreal. When everyone told us that we got chosen – to be able to go, we feel honored that we get that opportunity,” Natalie revealed.

Jacqueline added, “Especially two of us from one campus, we kind of didn’t think we could (both get nominated).”

Kevin Clark, Director of Education at the East Windsor campus, spoke very highly of the Mische sisters and feels that they both earned the opportunity.

“(They) are truly deserving of this honor – being selected for the SPM Mentor program,” said Clark. “They are outstanding students with exceptional GPAs and near-perfect attendance. They are always upbeat, positive, and smiling while actively engaged in their education and helping others.”

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