Jacques Villeneuve paved way for Hinchcliffe

The Andretti Autosport GoDaddy Chevrolet driven by Canada's James Hinchcliffe bears the No. 27 his...

The Andretti Autosport GoDaddy Chevrolet driven by Canada's James Hinchcliffe bears the No. 27 his hero, Jacques Villeneuve, had on his car when he won the 1995 Indianapolis 500. It's also the number of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve's F-1 Ferrari. (Getty)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:01 AM ET

James Hinchcliffe wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to being a Canadian.

At every opportunity, whether it be on the victory podiums this year at St. Petersburg, Fla., and Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he draped himself in the Canadian flag, or in a feature for the ABC television network that will be shown in the pre-race telecast for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, Hinchcliffe proudly points to his growing up in Oakville, Ont., as an important piece of his success so far in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

On Thursday, standing before an throng of international media, Hinchcliffe recounted that his first memory of the most prestigious oval race in the world was Canada’s Jacques Villeneuve winning at the Brickyard in 1995.

He said just remembering that day when he was just eight years old, still gives him goosebumps.

It also would make winning this Sunday’s 97th edition of the Indy 500 that much more special.


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