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The Mayor Underwater: James Hinchcliffe With an IndyCar First

The "Mayor of Hinchtown" suited up and gave the first ever IndyCar underwater press conference.

LONG BEACH, Calif.--The Mayor of Hinchtown is trying for his third win of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Calif., Sunday. He talked with media about from the inside of one of the tanks at the Aquarium of the Pacific. James Hinchcliffe, who said he's a fish at heart, suited up for IndyCar's first ever underwater press conference.

"I think it always helps the confidence when you come back to track that you've run well at. You know, we won the race here last year. I've been on the podium here before-my first podium in IndyCar, my first top 5 in IndyCar was here," said Hinchcliffe.

Qualifying is Saturday afternoon. The race is Sunday at 1:40 p.m., and is 85 laps.

"We're here to win and we want to try and taste that champagne again on Sunday."


Hinchcliffe enjoys diving as a hobby, but said the diving at the Aquarium was different because it was quite cold.

"It's almost the opposite of G force down here. You're light. You're airy. You can float around. In a race car the forces are keeping you tight and stuck down to the ground. So, this is a nice difference from what we'll be doing on the weekend," he said.

Hinchcliffe said diving at the Aquarium was a different experience, but it's given him a new appreciation for the area.

"It's beautiful. I would love to come do some diving here. I just hope I don't get too distracted on the weekend and try and drive into the fountain and get back into the water."

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