IndyCar opened the 2019 season with a test at Sebring. James “Hinch” Hinchcliffe topped the charts. With new teammate Marcus Ericsson, IndyCar rookie after several years in Formula1, James is happy to report that their driving styles are very similar. Consistency in driving styles will help the engineers configure the car set-ups to maximize performance. This was a benefit that James enjoyed last year with teammate Robert Wickens.

Robert Wickens continues to improve. After a wicked crash in Pocono last August left him severely injured. The list of injuries included thoracic spinal fracture, spinal cord injury, neck fracture, tibia and fibula fractures to both legs, fractures in both hands, fractured elbow, four fractured ribs and a pulmonary contusion. His commitment to recovery and his rehabilitation have been nothing short of amazing. Unable to walk, this week’s latest social posts have shown Robert pedaling a stationary bike on his own for the first time. Support continues to pour in and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is keeping a car available to Robert.

James is sure to stop by and visit his long-time friend and teammate every opportunity he gets. Robert has relocated from Indianapolis to a rehabilitation facility in Colorado. Mobility may be limited, but there is no shortage of humour.

IndyCar announced a new series title sponsor, NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation). The partnership is an example of the constantly evolving world of sponsorship. NTT, who has been involved in IndyCar for several years as a team sponsor, is bringing it’s technology and innovative digital solutions to the Series. Super-charged sponsorship anyone?

NTT is ranked 55th on the Forbes Global 100. Operating in over 40 countries with 22,050 employees worldwide NTT is one of the largest telecommunication companies in the world.

LINK: Seven things you should know about NTT and IndyCar

LINK: New NTT IndyCar App

The 2019 season kicks off March 10th in St. Petersburg, FL. The season includes:

March 10th – Streets of St. Petersburg

March 24th – Circuit of the Americas

April 7th – Barber Motorsports Park

April 14th – Streets of Long Beach

May 11th – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix

May 26th – 103rd Indianapolis 500

June 1st – Streets of Detroit Race 1

June 2nd – Streets of Detroit Race 2

June 8th – Texas Motor Speedway

June 23rd – Road America

July 14th – Streets of Toronto

July 20th – Iowa Speedway

July 28th – Mid Ohio Sports Car Course

August 18th – Pocono Raceway

August 24th – Gateway Motorsports Park

Sept 1st – Portland International Raceway

Sept 22 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

For more information on the races please visit www.hinchtown.com/events.

James Hinchcliffe – www.hinchtown.com @hinchtown

Robert Wickens – www.robertwickens.com @robertwickens

Marcus Ericsson – www.marcusericsson.com  @Ericsson-Marcus

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – www.spmindycar.com @spmindycar

IndyCar – www.indycar.com  @INDYCAR