INDIANAPOLIS - James Hinchcliffe just wanted a chance to be

INDIANAPOLIS - James Hinchcliffe just wanted a chance to be

Berichtdoor jokergreen0220 op ma 11 sep 2017, 11:53

INDIANAPOLIS - James Hinchcliffe just wanted a chance to be the No. Brandon Carlo Bruins Jersey . 1 driver for an IndyCar contender.Hes about to get that shot.The 27-year-old Canadian signed a multiyear contract with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, a move that pairs one of the series most popular drivers with an up-and-coming team that has championship aspirations.Everyone wants to know if they can perform and Im putting myself on trial a little bit, Hinchcliffe said at Tuesdays announcement.Team co-owner Ric Peterson said Hinchcliffe would inherit the No. 77 car that was so successful with Frances Simon Pagenaud last season. He did not reveal Hinchcliffes primary sponsor. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.The announcement ends speculation about where Hinchcliffe would land after a three-year run with one of the leagues most formidable teams Andretti Autosport.While there, Hinchcliffe won three races and emerged as one of the series most popular and marketable drivers by embracing social media. He became the self-appointed Mayor of Hinchtown, engaged with fans and now is promoting his own beer brand Hinchtown Hammer Down Golden Ale.With all that on the table, Andretti would have preferred to re-sign the young driver. But Hinchcliffe couldnt afford to wait much longer.We are happy to have had Hinch as part of the team over the past three years and have enjoyed our successes together, Andretti said. As a former driver, I understand him having to make the decision he did, he needed to cover himself. I wish that we could have resolved a deal to secure him for 2015, but we are not in that position yet. Were sorry to see him go, but wish him the best.Last season, Hinchcliffe made 18 starts, had four top-five finishes, eight top-10s and finished 12th in points.On Tuesday, he repeatedly said he harboured no ill will toward his former team or his ex-teammates. Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and Ryan Hunter-Reay did face some unique challenges in 2014. At times, they raced hard not only against the field but also against one another something Hinchcliffe said he only expects to intensify in 2015 now that they will be competing on different teams.Theyve been phenomenal teammates and even better friends, Hinchcliffe said. We beat up each other on the track and then would go out for a beer, and I think that will be the same way this year.Hinchcliffe, a native of Oakville, Ont., already has an impressive resume. He was the series 2011 rookie of the year, finished eighth in points in 2012 and 13, qualified second at Indianapolis in 2012 and 14 and had finished a career-best sixth at the series marquee race in 2012.Tuesdays move could be another big step for SPM.In just three seasons, the low-funded, upstart Schmidt Peterson team has become the biggest threat to the series power structure. Pagenaud finished fifth in points last season the best finish for a driver who didnt work for Andretti, Chip Ganassi or Roger Penske.Pagenauds recent move to Penskes team opened the door for Hinchcliffe and it didnt take long for Peterson, Sam Schmidt or general manager Rob Edwards to make the offer.Ive been aware of James since 2006, and three years ago when we looked at drivers then he was someone we looked at, Edwards said. I think hes progressed as a driver.Why make the move?Hinchcliffe said he had more experience running with a two-car team, already had some relationships with team members at SPM and, yes, dreamed of the chance to be the lead dog on a team that could win both the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar championship.And that was too good to pass up.It was frustrating competing against these guys the last couple of years, Hinchcliffe said. Hopefully, we can make this team grow. Adam Oates Jersey .Michael Briscoe is serving a life sentence for sexual assault, kidnapping and first-degree murder in the death of 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte in 2005. Ryan Spooner Bruins Jersey . The last team in the NBA that will have any sympathy for the Thunder is the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are showing signs of putting everything together after two years of devastating injuries. . "Well over 50 (per cent)," coach Claude Noel said Tuesday after practice, where the Jets were looking at ways to cut down the scoring chances theyve been giving away.With the NHL Draft coming up on June 27 and free agency opening on July 1, discussions between NHL general managers are already heating up towards a busy off-season. Each day, provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. Keeping The Captain? Brian Giontas agent Steve Bartlett told La Presse on Tuesday that the Montreal Canadiens want to keep their captain - an unrestricted free agent on July 1 - in the fold, while sources tell the paper that the two sides will start talks this week. "Well probably make progress in our discussions over the next few days," Bartlett told Richard Labbe of La Presse. "We havent really discussed an amount or length of contract, weve only had a few discussions in very general terms, nothing precise. "But I know that the Canadiens want to bring him back and I must now talk about this possibility with my player." Bartlett added that Gionta is open to signing a new deal with the Habs, a team hes played with for the last five seasons. "He loves Montreal and he loves the team, but needs to know where he fits with their plan of direction - what would be his role," said Bartlett. Gionta, 35, signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Canadiens in 2009 and tallied 173 points in 303 games. Still Happy In San Jose Joe Thorntons agent and brother John Thornton told the San Jose Mercury News that his client would consider waiving his no-movement clause if he felt the fans in San Jose didnt want him back. "If he felt the fans didnt want him in San Jose, he might re-think things," Thornton explained to Mercury News writer David Pollak. John Thornton added that his Joe is very happy in San Jose and wants to stay and help the team win a championship. "He wants to stay there and win the Cup," he said. "He believes they still have enough ttalent. Brad Marchand Bruins Jersey. " A New Face In Winnipeg? Gary Lawless of TSN Radio 1290 and The Winnipeg Free Press suggests that Mike Richards - if hes bought out at the end of the season by the Los Angeles Kings - would be a great fit with the Jets. "For the Jets, its a no-brainer," Lawless wrote. "Richards would set a standard of competition in the Jets dressing room and on the ice. Itll be easy from the perspective of the coaching staff and management to see who matches up and who doesnt. "The Jets need a player willing to grab the rest of the team by the throat." No Jokin Around Lawless adds that no talks have taken place between the Jets and soon-to-be-free agent Olli Jokinens camp. Jokinen, 35, made $4.5 million last season and tallied 18 goals and 25 assists. "We havent heard a thing from the Jets," Jokinens agent, Ian Pulver told Lawless. "I understood we would talk. But it hasnt transpired. Well see where it goes. I dont know Winnipegs plans." Busy Summer In Pittsburgh? Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch breaks down the Pittsburgh Penguins off-season possibilities and suggests that winger James Neal could be a trade candidate this summer. Neal, 26, will make $20 million over the next four years. Gordon adds that new GM Jim Rutherford might retain former Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen, while Martin Brodeur might be a good addition in net alongside Marc-Andre Fleury. Also, Gordon writes that the Blues or Anaheim Ducks could be a good fit for Jason Spezza, with the Ottawa Senators reportedly wanting a prospect, a player and a first-round pick in return. Gordon adds that salary cap concerns could force the Boston Bruins to deal forward Brad Marchand, who has three years and $13.5 million left on his contract and could feee up room to re-sign Jarome Iginla. 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