Top 10 IndyCar finish for Petro-Canada and James Hinchcliffe
Petro-Canada Lubricants' sponsored driver James Hinchcliffe has completed his 2018 IndyCar Racing Series in an overall 10th place. It's was a bittersweet season that saw James win in Iowa, but then at the Indy 500 he somehow managed to miss qualifying for the Greatest Spectacle in Sports, The Indy 500.
Given the mixed bag nature of the 2018 season, Hinchcliffe and SPM could move in either direction next year. If they can match the speed and success they showed in the spring and through the early summer, then Hinchcliffe could finally become the title contender his three-win 2013 campaign with Andretti Autosport made him out to be. On the opposite end, poor runs like those the team ended the season with could undermine any growth they’ve made.
The 2018 IndyCar season was a memorable one for Hinchcliffe and SPM, in both good and terrible ways. Hinchcliffe proved that he can run with the best in the paddock when things go to plan, though the No. 5 team still couldn’t salvage the bad days like contenders Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi and Josef Newgarden managed in most races.
Everything will be there to play for in 2019. But until the field returns to Indianapolis and the Canadian is offered a chance at redemption.