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Racer James Hinchcliffe in unknown zone | Motorsports | Sports | Toronto Sun


The 2013 IndyCar season was a breakout year for Canada’s James Hinchcliffe ­ — he won three times driving the dayglo green No. 27 Chevrolet for Andretti Autosport.

He comes back this season, however, without the camera-loving presence of the web giant, and with Honda now powering his sleek Dallara DW12 machine.

The 27-year-old native of Oakville, in Toronto Wednesday on a whirlwind series of media interviews, is confident that he won’t miss a beat when North America’s top open-wheel racing loop launches its 2014 season with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Fla.) on March 30.

“It might be a little harder to spot my car on the track this year,” Hinchcliffe said of his new silver and blue livery courtesy of his new primary sponsor, the broadband networking company United Fiber & Data.

The new car colours do have a distinct Canadian feel, however, more than a little reminiscent of the race cars driven by Toronto’s Scott Goodyear in his IndyCar heydays and of the Team Player’s cars of the late Greg Moore of Vancouver.

And Hinchcliffe said working with the UFD folks will be different.

“It is going to be a very different year off the track because the demands of a company like GoDaddy are very different from a company like UFD,” he said. “They want people to know what UFD is and I think they are going about it the right way.”

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