Hinchcliffe, 35, scored six wins throughout his 11-year profession at this degree, placing collectively three within the house of simply 10 races in 2013 driving for Andretti Autosport.
But arguably his most memorable second was scoring pole for what was then the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports staff on the 2016 Indianapolis 500, only a 12 months after a life-threatening accident on the Speedway sidelined him for the rest of the season.
Now, off the again of a largely disappointing spell with Andretti Autosport, by which he nonetheless appeared to rally within the closing third of 2021 and scored a podium in Nashville, Hinchcliffe has introduced he’s stepping down from full-time competitors.
The personable Canadian’s six wins got here in 161 begins, and after spending his rookie season with Newman/Haas Racing which shuttered on the finish of the 12 months, the rest of his profession was spent at simply two groups – Andretti Autosport and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Quoting Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber, Hinchcliffe tweeted, “I’m going to hold by the bar, put out the vibe…”.
His message to IndyCar followers learn:
“In 2011 I noticed a lifelong purpose of changing into an IndyCar driver. I keep in mind nearly each minute of the journey getting there. There have been many ups, and lots of downs. Although all of the challenges and uncertainty there have been two constants; my unabated want to make it to IndyCar and my household’s unwavering help.
“Within the 11 years that adopted, I lived out my dream in a approach that a nine-year-old child, sitting in a kart for the primary time, might by no means have imagined.
“With a decade plus of unbelievable recollections within the financial institution, I’m blissful to announce I’m stepping away from full-time IndyCar competitors. This was not a call taken frivolously, and it was one made with the total help of my household and closest supporters. There have been many components, each private , that led me to this determination, however it actually felt just like the time was proper.
“That is in no way a retirement from racing! If something, this determination has freed me as much as dip my toes into different types of motorsport and discover different pursuits and alternatives. Extra on that coming quickly!
“I wish to thank my groups, teammates, rivals, the IndyCar Collection officers, employees and volunteers, sponsors, supporters, after all my household, and final however actually not least, the followers of IndyCar racing. With none one in every of these teams of individuals, my time in IndyCar wouldn’t have been attainable.
“Thanks for the recollections and I hope to see you all on the observe”
Hinchcliffe’s different alternatives are believed to incorporate becoming a member of NBC’s IndyCar commentary staff, given his eloquence and up-to-date expertise. His compatriot and former hero Paul Tracy introduced final week that he was departing the sales space, leaving a emptiness alongside Leigh Diffey and Townsend Bell.