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James Hinchcliffe of DWTS Survives a 'Nightmare' Race Crash

Jaimie-lee Prince
May 20, 2019
05:52 P.M.
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James Hinchcliffe is running out of patience with an Indianapolis racetrack that keeps beating him up. The "Dancing With The Stars" alum had another tough qualifying round this weekend.

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Hinchcliffe, who participated in season 23 of the celebrity dance competition, crashed his car last weekend during the Indianapolis 500 qualifying round. 

On Turn 2, Hinchcliffe hit a wall then ran his no. 5 Honda on the track's backstretch. According to Indy Star, he was able to exit the car of his own volition. He was then cleared and released by medics. 

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Reporters asked him why the track is supposedly against him, to which Hinchcliffe responded, "I don't know. Ask it... but my patience is wearing thin." 

It started in 2015 when Hinchcliffe had a serious crash during practice for the same event. At the time, he suffered a pierced left thigh when his suspension broke off. It ended the season for him.

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This time, Hinchcliffe's chances weren't cut short. While he confessed that the incident was "pretty much a nightmare," he'll have another chance, he said. 

He wasn't sure exactly what had happened. Sporting News reported that he attributed to crash to his team's aggressive strategy and that "with a gusty day, that happens." 

He said: 

“I have a lot of faith in the crew. Get this car, the backup car, whatever it is out, and we’ll take a shot at it [Sunday] ... We’re prepared. Obviously this team, they’re professionals. They know this can happen. I’m not worried about getting back out, we just don’t know what kind of pace we’re going to have until we get there.”

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In 2016, Hinchcliffe attained the seventh place in the Indy 500. In 2018, he reached 22; he was bumped out of the running last year.

2016 also saw Hinchcliffe finish off his appearance on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" as the runner-up alongside professional dancer Sharna Burgess. 

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Laurie Hernandez, a gymnast, and her professional partner Val Chmerkovskiy claimed the title for the season. Fellow driver Helio Castroneves was the only IndyCar driver to win the show back in season five.

Hinchcliffe still came out a winner, though, when he proposed to his girlfriend Becky Dalton and she said yes. The Canadian driver made light of the sweet affair on Instagram. 

He wrote: 

"Wait, what?! I thought they said 'til DEBT do us part!' #BeckyGetsHinched."

The pair were dating since 2015 before their engagement but knew each other since they attended the same high school. Hinchcliffe's near-fatal crash in 2015 caused them to reunite and hopefully live a happily ever after.

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