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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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The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon celebrate with champagne following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal in action in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal celebrates in victory lane after finishing second in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon celebrate in Victory Circle following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon celebrate in Victory Circle following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal,and Scott Dixon hoist their trophies following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal,and Scott Dixon hoist their trophies following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe rolls down pit lane during practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal sits in his Honda machine prior to practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe exits Turn 10 during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal turns into Turn 10 during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe celebrates with the Schmidt Peterson Motorsport team after victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana on Sunday, April 12, 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves, James Hinchcliffe and James Jakes celebrate on the podium after the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana on Sunday, April 12, 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves, James Hinchcliffe and James Jakes celebrate on the podium after the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana on Sunday, April 12, 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe celebrates with team mate James Jakes on the podium after the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana on Sunday, April 12, 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe celebrates victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana on Sunday, April 12, 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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