James Hinchcliffe hopes to break Toronto skid this year

The temporary street track at Exhibition Place has not treated Canada's own James Hinchcliffe well...

The temporary street track at Exhibition Place has not treated Canada's own James Hinchcliffe well in the past. (REUTERS)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:31 PM ET

There is no doubt that IZOD IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe is one of the most engaging professional athletes the Greater Toronto Area has ever produced.

He gets it that his job only starts on the race track and he understands the importance of connecting with ordinary fans, especially when those fans are from his hometown.

Hinchcliffe is always ready to be part of the promotion of his home Honda Indy Toronto, this year twice as much, as it will be back to back races July 12 and 13 for the first time.

Hinchcliffe only wishes that Exhibition Place, the 2.824-km temporary street course that houses the race, would somehow reciprocate.

“I have a love-hate relationship with Exhibition Place,” Hinchcliffe said Tuesday. “I love it and it hates me.”

The statistics back up his assertion that the only luck he has racing in Toronto is bad.

In his previous four visits driving Indy-type cars — two in IndyCar series and two in the Indy Lights series — H


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