When the Go Daddy bigwigs and Michael Andretti decided to hire Oakville, Ont., driver James Hinchcliffe as Danica Patrick’s replacement, it wasn’t because he looked good in a bikini. Having shown winning potential as a rookie driver, the Mayor of Hinchtown was also a marketing machine, something Go Daddy needs. Let’s face it, take the pretty girl out and replace her with a dude and that dude has to have a pretty special personality. Hinch is that guy.
Despite having some bad luck during the 2012 season, Hinchcliffe showed good speed and was almost always in the top third of the field. Perhaps more importantly, he engaged the fans at every turn. Nowhere is that more clear than in the IndyCar most popular driver poll of fans. One could say that the Mayor trounced the field in the popularity race, ahead of Simona de Silvestro, Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and Rubens Barrichello.
With such a strong fan following, the young Canuck is right on track for an awesome 2013 season!
Who knew Jimi Hendrix was a Dune Buggy lover?
Yesterday was Jimi Hendrix’s birthday. Unlike most rock stars, I can’t recall seeing a bunch of photos of Hendrix with his cars all over the place, so when this picture popped up on Facebook yesterday, I took notice. Of course I also noticed because I have had a life long obsession with the VW Beetle based machines and have vowed that one day I will own one.
For me, this shot of the guitar god at the wheel of a dune buggy just adds yet another layer of cool to the legend.
Toronto area driver Mark Wilkins excited for 2013 World Challenge Series
For years, one of Canada’s greatest exports has been racing drivers. In recent years, Southern Ontario seems to have become a hotbed of talent, with the likes of James Hinchcliffe, ALMS driver Kyle Marcelli and endurance racer Mark Wilkins. As a late entry to the Kia factory team in the Pirelli World Challenge behind the wheel of a Kia Optima, Wilkins started off his season on a high note with a win at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park round. Wilkins posted this season highlight reel on his recently re-designed web site, alongside the news that he has re-signed with Kinetic Motorsports and Kia to drive in the 2013 season. It is always tough to guarantee a ride in endurance racing, so this is great news for Wilkins, Kia and perhaps most of all for Canadian race fans, who will get a chance to see one of our brightest talents for another season!
Behind the scenes of ‘Bring A Trailer’
What began as a couple of guys shooting emails about cars for sale back and forth, took on a life of its own when Randy Nonnenberg and Gentry Underwood launched ‘Bring A Trailer’. Using a simple blog format, the pair have created a resources than many old car fans visit daily in an effort to find their next project. I have featured BAT regularly here in the Insider Report too. The folks at Petrolicious spent some time with the friends and caught a bit of the back story in this video, which gives a glimpse into how the project came to be.
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