IndyCar’s James Hinchcliffe heads home to Canada

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“PT was around last year, my first year in IndyCar, and he still got a lot of the attention. But this year, without Paul and with (me) being a little bit higher up the food chain, we know there’s going to be attention,” he said. “We’ve worked very closely with (the team) and the league to make sure I contain everything.”

But the expectations are clearly there, and there should be more than a few fans in attendance wearing the limited edition “Red Gloves Rule” T-shirt being sold by the Toronto Motorsports group. He’s worn red gloves most of his career as a tribute to Moore, but it drew particular attention at the Indianapolis 500.

A friend of Moore’s gave Hinchcliffe a pair of the late drivers’ gloves, and asked Hinchcliffe to take them on a lap around the famed speedway where Moore never got a chance to race. Hinchcliffe waited until qualifying day, tucked the gloves inside his firesuit and nearly won the pole.

“For someone to ask me to do that, and think I was worthy enough to give Greg the laps around the most famous race track in the world was unbelievable,” Hinchcliffe said. “I don’t think of myself as worthy enough, because he was my hero. But to be able to give him that was very special to me.”

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