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.
— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) December 2, 2018
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: 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.