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IndyCar’s James Hinchcliffe: Hoping for the best at ‘tricky’ Belle Isle

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DETROIT — Hey, folks. James (a.k.a. The Mayor) here, writing to you from the Motor City, the latest stop on the Verizon IndyCar series. That’s right, the season did not end with last week’s thrilling Indianapolis 500. This weekend, there’s yet another race—a double-header, no less. So tune in for the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, a 140-lap extravaganza set around a 14-turn, 2.35-mile street course on lovely Belle Isle. ABC’s coverage of the race will start at 3:30 p.m. ET. This info will probably be a bit redundant to those of you who caught the many promos for this upcoming race during the broadcast of last weekend’s race—which was, shall we say, a moving experience. My mom in particular got pretty swept up in it.

Before green flag, right as I was about to settle into the Speedway grid for those eight minutes of helmeted peace I was telling you guys about in last week’s video-only edition of the column, I gathered up my parents for pre-race hugs and, well, my mom kind of teared up afterward. Knowing Mom as I do, I kind of assumed that would be an emotional moment for her. At the risk of sounding like a bad son, I’m already full business at that point. Normally, I get a big hug before I get in the car, but hers was a little bigger this time. Part of that is the inherent fear that she has of me racing. But part of it was also the pride of what we accomplished the week before—by landing on the pole a year after my accident, and everything that’s gone on in between. I imagine for a lot of the race she was a little bit of a wreck.

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