IZOD IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe of Oakville is soon to become the series’ most popular driver, once this YouTube video gets around.
"Hinch," who’s en route to Brazil for this weekend’s Sao Paulo Indy 300, has starred in a video to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of a dog shower/spa that’s on offer at his sister’s new pet grooming business in Burlington.
He gets right in the washing machine and stays for the cycle (to the tune of Bobby Darin's 'Splish-Splash,' by the way).
He doesn't bark to get out, either.
The Newman-Haas driver is just the breath of fresh air that the series – which visits Toronto July 8-10 for the Honda Indy Toronto – needs.
Meantime, another young Canadian race driver, Daniel Morad of Markham, is off to Europe today in hopes of attracting additional sponsorship to get him back in a car for the GP3 race at Istanbul that will be a preliminary to the May 8 Grand Prix of Turkey.
Morad’s grandfather is Lebanese, and that enabled him to attract sponsorship from Lebanon for a season last year in the GP3 Series, in which he won a race.
A current World Champion of karting, Morad has the credentials to make it all the way to the top, as he proved when he won the Formula BMW Americas title in 2007. He won rookie-of-the-year in that series in 2006.
Morad would like to attract Canadian sponsorship. His current backer, Andrew DeFrancesco of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., founder and CEO of Delavaco Capital Corp. , has supplied him with a budget but he needs more to make a season.
If anybody would like to help out Morad, and wants to get in touch with him, email me and I’ll send you his phone number.
He deserves to be out there with Robert Wickens, Gianmarco Raimondo, J.R. Fitzpatrick and other young Canadian chargers who have the talent to beat the world but are often lacking the financial resources to do it.