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Hinch to donate to wildfire victims

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In 2014 when James visited Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team owner Ric Peterson and his company Oculus Transport in Alberta he was on the campaign trail for bringing more IndyCar races back to Alberta and more to Canada. Today James announced that he will donate his winnings from the 2016 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis to the Canadian Red Cross to support the more than 14 000 families and 12 communities that have been affected by the Alberta wildfires this past week.

Wildfires in Alberta can number between 1,000 and 1,700 a year. On Thursday, May 5 high temperatures and changing winds caused wildfires burning near Fort McMurray to change course and intensity resulting in the largest fire-related evacuation in the province’s history. With more than 80,000 people now forced to leave their homes the Canadian Red Cross is accepting support and donations to help these displaced families.

“It is heartbreaking to see so many people who have lost their homes. The Canadian Red Cross has been doing a tremendous job. We just pray that the weather will co-operate and any further damage can be contained. In the meantime I want to offer support for those affected.” James said.

The Canadian Red Cross is taking donations through the Alberta Fires Appeal.

“Donations could provide relief for those affected in the form of emergency food, clothing, shelter, personal services, and other necessities to help assist with recovery and resiliency.” – Canadian Red Cross

The Angie’s List  Grand Prix of Indianapolis takes place on Saturday May 14th at 3:30pm EST at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. James will drive his #5 Arrow Electronics IndyCar entry for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

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