12.5.13 (via IndyCar.com
) – It's the Mayor of Hinchtown's 27th birthday so inundate him with best wishes @Hinchtown.
James Hinchcliffe, who won three times this past season, including his initial IZOD IndyCar Series race in the opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, will be back in the No. 27 car on Dec. 18 at Sebring International Raceway for testing of the new Honda twin turbocharged engine. In the interim, he's been doing a fair amount of traveling. On Dec. 7, he embarks on a cruise out of Costa Rica. Nice birthday present, eh?
Q: You’ve been the bit of a world traveler since the season ended. Where exactly have you been since we last saw you at Auto Club Speedway?
James Hinchcliffe: I always try to get one trip out of the way pretty close to the end of the season. It’s always good to unwind after what’s always a hectic, frantic year and end of the year. I went to the UK for my brother’s 30th birthday. He’s in (graduate) school over there, so my sister (Rebecca) and my girlfriend (Kirsten Dee) and I went over to surprise him.
It was a really good trip. We were there for eight or nine days and Kirsten had never seen the UK before. My dad is from England, so we got to see some family and I got to introduce (Kirsten) to my 98-year-old grandmother, which is always cool. It was a good trip, just too much eating and drinking.
Q: And you’re headed on a cruise here shortly as well, co-hosting a SeaDream Yacht trip in Costa Rica and Nicaragua with Graham Rahal on Dec. 7-14?
James Hinchcliffe: It’s like it is a winter of vacations for me, I guess. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never been to Costa Rica and I’ve never done a cruise before. The people at SeaDream have given us this awesome opportunity. As far as appearances go, this one probably tops it. It will be a cool experience getting to see a new country and a new culture. Hopefully we can educate some new INDYCAR fans at the same time.
Q: You’ll be celebrating your 27th birthday on Dec. 5. What should someone get you?
James Hinchcliffe: It’s tough to top a cruise, to be honest, so I’ll thank SeaDream for that.
I used to hear older drivers talk about this, and I never quite got it, but now I get it. I’ve decided after this birthday, I’ll turn 27 and I’ll just stop doing the birthday thing. I’ll stop there. Twenty-seven seems like a reasonable place to stop. There’s a good correlation with the car number. I think I’m going to call it quits on birthdays. No more gifts and just be 27 forever. I think that will work.