HINCH TO GO STOCK CAR RACING

- September 11th, 2012

James Hinchcliffe is going stock car racing.
Not NASCAR, but in the Australia-based V8 Supercar series, where he will be part of the Gary Rogers Motorsports team at the Gold Coast 600 in Surfer’s Paradise in October.
It will be Hinchcliffe’s first attempt at driving full bodies sedans and he told SPEED.com that it is something that he has had on his “to do” list for a long time.
“For me, it’s a dream come true,” he said Hinchcliffe. “I’ve always wanted to get behind (the wheel of) one of those cars. I’ve watched the racing for years on TV and they’re just so bad ass. The races are awesome and the drivers are great.”
He will be racing against the best stock car drivers in Australia, plus some of his colleagues from IndyCar, including Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti, who will drive for Kelly Racing in the V8 invitational.
Hinchcliffe is replacing American Le Mans Series regular Patrick Long, who last year took the GRM Holden Commodore to a podium finish, something the team has done ever since the Gold Coast event was established.
Hinchcliffe said he doesn’t want to break the tradition.
“You don’t want to be the guy that breaks the streak, right?” he said. “This team has had a phenomenal run of success at this race with international drivers coming in and you don’t want to be the guy who doesn’t hold up his end of the bargain.”
As an added bonus Hinchcliffe will carry the fluorescent green and black colours of his GoDaddy.com IndyCar sponsor for the race.
“It’s a cool partnership with GoDaddy coming on board as well,” he said. “We’d like to get that car back up on the podium, for sure.”

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