James Hinchcliffe, the man who can save IndyCar

IndyCar racer James Hinchcliffe. (AFP)

IndyCar racer James Hinchcliffe. (AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:06 PM ET

As the clock ticks down to the start of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season on Sunday at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, North American open-wheel racing is still doing a lot of navel-gazing.

In fact, it seems it never stops — another season, another round of questions on how to make the series more visible and more viable.

The problem is the questions keep coming, but the answers never do.

But there is a solution and he is a 26-year-old Canadian — James Hinchcliffe — who will be entering his third season in IndyCar, his second full year with Andretti Autosport driving the No. 27 Chevrolet.

The Oakville, Ont., native has been climbing the rungs to the top of the open-wheel ladder since he was a pre-teen.

Unlike most of his contemporaries, however, he paid attention to every detail along the way.

He stored away what he saw and experienced, waiting for the opportunity to put it to use.


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