James Hinchcliffe gearing up for another title run

James Hinchcliffe will be back in the No. 27 for Andretti Autosport as the IndyCar season gets set...

James Hinchcliffe will be back in the No. 27 for Andretti Autosport as the IndyCar season gets set to launch. (QMI Agency/Files)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:24 AM ET

TORONTO - The Verizon IndyCar Series finished up its final two days of testing Tuesday, the final bit of business prior to launching the 2014 season next week at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersberg.

Rain and fog at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., however, cut the session in half, much to the disappointment of Canada’s James Hinchcliffe.

For the first time in his IndyCar career, Hinchcliffe will be starting the season-opening race as a defending champion.

He won last year’s Grand Prix on the Florida Gulf coast in dramatic fashion stealing the win with a near prefect pass of Helio Castroneves on the final lap driving the No. 27 Andretti Autosport DW12.

Hinchcliffe went on to win three races for Andretti.

This season Hinchcliffe is back in the No. 27 machine, but with a different engine — Andretti switched from Chevrolet to Honda after last season — and a new sponsor, United Fiber & Data.


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