Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Driver Hinchcliffe Looks to Rebound from Disappointing 2017 Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Driver Hinchcliffe Looks to Rebound from Disappointing 2017 Season

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Hinchcliffe calls '17 season a downward slope

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TORONTO - Canada's James Hinchcliffe started his IndyCar season with a bang and ended it with a whimper.

It was all part of the learning process for the 30-year-old driver from Oakville, Ont., who has completed seven seasons on the circuit.

"Man, 2017, I almost sum up as a downward slope," he said Monday.

Hinchcliffe picked up his fifth career victory last April at Long Beach, one of three top-10 finishes over his first three races. But the season quickly got away from him and he settled for a 13th-place finish in the overall standings.

"As soon as we got taken out of the Indy 500, it seemed that was the day our luck changed for the worse," Hinchcliffe said of the late May race. "Taken out at Texas, taken out at Pocono, engine failure in Detroit, we had a lot of good races that were ruined by bad luck.

"There were certainly things that were outside of our control but to the same extent, we can definitely look inside and find a lot of things that we can do better as a team."

There were some highlights over the year, like third-place finishes at the first of the two Detroit races and in Toronto. However, the lowlight list was longer, including last-place results at the penultimate race at Watkins Glen (gearbox) and the season-ending race at Sonoma (electrical).

"There's a lot of never-give-up attitude on this race team and that's really important," Hinchcliffe said. "You occasionally have seasons like this, everybody does. Every athlete, no matter what the sport is, you're going to have a year or two like that."

Hinchcliffe, who's expected to formally re-sign with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports this month, was named rookie of the year in 2011. His best season came in 2013 when he won three races and had six top-five finishes.

He's now a circuit veteran even though he's occasionally introduced as one of the "young guns" of IndyCar at news conferences. …

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