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Canadian James Hinchcliffe's Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg victory was watched by a mere...

Canadian James Hinchcliffe's Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg victory was watched by a mere 90,000 viewers on Sportsnet. (AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

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It was a great day for Canadian motorsports fans when Oakville’s James Hinchcliffe won the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Even better that, the event was broadcast live on Sportsnet across the country.

But — and there is always a but when it comes to IndyCar — open wheel racing on this continent has an image problem.

It suffers from the same disease as the Canadian Football League when it goes head-to-head with the National Football League.


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