Hinchcliffe and Wickens team for Canadian IndyCar lineup
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe at the Honda Toronto Indy, on July 15, 2016. (Mark Blinch / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:49AM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS -- Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will field an all-Canadian lineup next season as James Hinchcliffe returns to the IndyCar team alongside Robert Wickens.
Hinchcliffe signed a multi-year contract extension with the team, while Wickens will be making his IndyCar debut. The duo marks the first all-Canadian lineup in North American open-wheel racing since Paul Tracy and Patrick Carpentier drove for Forsythe Racing in Champ Car in 2004.
Hinchcliffe, from Oakville, Ont., has five career wins, 14 podium finishes and started on the pole at the 2016 Indianapolis 500.
Wickens, from Toronto, has spent the last six seasons competing in Europe for Mercedes Benz in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). The 28-year-old won six races, five poles and 15 podium finishes.
Wickens has two Formula Championships, and a season as a Formula One test driver for Marussia Virgin Racing.