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James Hinchcliffe in at Newman/Haas

The funding is finally in place for Newman/Haas Racing to expand to two cars from Alabama this weekend, with James Hinchcliffe joining the team alongside Oriol Servia.
James Hinchcliffe looked as though he was going to miss out on his chance of a 2011 IndyCar series seat after Oriol Servia was faster at the pre-season testing at Barber Motorsports Park and duly got the nod to take the helm of the Newman/Haas #2 Telemundo entry, which is all the team had funding for at the start of the season.

But now with new money coming in from Sprott Inc., a leading independent asset manager based in Toronto, the team is finally able to confirm that it will be fielding Canadian driver Hinchcliffe in the #06 car not just for Alabama, but for all this year's North American events.

"I'm sure we can do Canadian sport proud!" said Hinchcliffe, 24, who was runner-up in last year's Firestone Indy Lights championship, earning victories at Long Beach, Edmonton and Chicagoland along the way. "Finally making my IndyCar debut really is a dream come true and the end of a 15-year journey getting me to this point.

"I used to think that driving for Newman/Haas Racing at some point in my career would be amazing, but to get to do it in my rookie season is beyond words," he continued. "I am only the third true rookie to drive for the team and I think that says a lot about the relationship we have forged over the last few months."

The three previous rookies with the team were Nigel Mansell, Sebastien Bourdais and Graham Rahal - indicating the big shoes Hinchliffe is stepping into and now has to live up to.



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9-11 April, 2010, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. #67 Sarah Fisher Racing`s Graham Rahal followed by Baguette and Duno.
Oriol Servia is strapped into his Andretti Autosport Honda prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia on course during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal sits in his Honda machine on pit lane during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia is strapped into his Andretti Autosport Honda prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais with experimental LED Tire Lights on course during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, Josef Newgarden, and Graham Rahal drive their machines across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe, Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Marco Andretti, and Graham Rahal at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti, Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Graham Rahal, and James Hinchcliffe bring their machines across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson speaks with Oriol Servia in pit lane (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal leads a group through the Turn 2 Keyhole turn during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal and his father, Bobby, celebrate in Victory Circle following their win in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson and Simon Pagenaud after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal sprays the champagne in Victory Lane following his victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal wins the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal begins the celebration as he wins the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais exits pit lane to begin practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio -- Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media

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