James Hinchcliffe Betting On First Place At Toronto Indy

Honda Indy Toronto, the second longest street race in the IndyCar Series, returns to rev up the engines alongside Lake Ontario this weekend.  The racetrack runs south of the Gardiner Expressway along Lakeshore Boulevard, turning north and west along Princes Boulevard, arching up to Manitoba Drive before shifting south down Ontario Drive back to Lakeshore.

Canadian racing fans may want to make safe bets on drivers like Helio Castroneves, Will Power, or Ryan Hunter-Reay to win the Toronto leg of the world tour.  But the most patriotic followers will place their faith in hometown racing hero James Hinchcliffe as he makes another attempt to win his first race in Toronto.

Currently seeded 11th in the world standings, Hinchcliffe grew up watching Indy come to Toronto – the event he credits as inspiring him to take up racing.  But after four years in the driver’s seat, the best finish for Hinchcliffe in Toronto is eighth place.  This year, he hopes to break that record with a win, or at the very least a podium finish.

Though he’s had a difficult run in the first half of the season, Hinchcliffe has driven to some notable accomplishments this season.  In 12 races this year, he started as the second placed driver in 5 of those races, though was unable to finish on the podium.

The 27 year old, who races for Andretti Autosport, is a very lighthearted driver who is able to maintain a good sense of humour about his performance this season.  But he is definitely hoping that racing near home will finally allow him to cross the finish line as the first driver to see the checkered flag.

“At the end of the day we're sleeping well at night because we're I think executing very well and it's just really been a function of wrong place, wrong time a lot of the time this year.”

Drivers start their engines on Saturday for the qualifying races before shifting into gear for the main event on Sunday.  Can Canada’s favourite driver come out on top?