Sleepers are a good story in sports. Everyone loves a good Cinderella story. Two weeks ago, Colton Herta at 33/1 won the NTT IndyCar Series race at the Circuit of the Americas. Now, it could be James Hinchcliffe’s turn.
This season, Hinchcliffe is off to a fairly decent start. He brought his No. 5 Honda home with a top 10 finish in the season opener on the streets of St. Pete. Then, he was running towards a top 10 finish in the second race at COTA before contact with Felix Rosenqvist dashed those hopes.
The speed has been there.
Now, he’s hoping to inch closer to victory lane for Sunday’s third race of the season on the scenic Barber Motorsports Park facility.
The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver has five consecutive top seven finishes on the Alabama road course including a podium run last year. In fact, since 2012, he’s finished worse than seventh just once (2013).
“Definitely excited to get to Barber Motorsports Park,” said the popular Canadian driver. “Obviously for us, the finish at COTA wasn’t what we wanted, but we had a lot of potential on Sunday and were on track for a good result before our incident. Barber’s been good to us the last few years; we had a podium there last year, qualified in the Firestone Fast Six. So I’m really hoping to maximize the weekend and hopefully find ourselves in a good position on Saturday afternoon to capitalize and bring home a good result in the Arrow car on Sunday.”
That gives him high hopes for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/IndyCar Radio Network).