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IndyCar’s James Hinchcliffe: Hoping Alabama GP isn’t the pits


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Hello from the Deep South. NASCAR country, some might call it. That’s exactly how we in the Verizon IndyCar Series regarded it when we first came here, to Barber Motorsports Park, six years ago. But the so-called myth of southern hospitality is 100% true. They’ve welcomed us with open arms and been massive supporters of this weekend’s event—the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, which you can catch on Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.

For those of you thinking about attending in person, know there are plenty of good seats still available, with great sight lines too. The grounds alone are beautiful. The racetrack—a 2.3-mile, 17-turn fun ride—is top notch. No, there aren’t many grandstands. But there is a sort of stadium-style terrain that allows fans to post up in tents and lawn chairs, crack open a cooler and enjoy a good race. Certainly, all of us on the No. 5 Arrow Honda machine for Schmidt Peterson have reason to feel extra optimistic after the effort we gave last week in Long Beach.

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