Following a career-best season, James Hinchcliffe has earned a nomination for the Canadian Athlete of the Year award -- an honor selected by voters on sportsnet.ca.
Hinchcliffe arrived as a superstar this season in his second year with Andretti Autosport, where he won three times and finished eighth in the final championship standings. Despite losing sponsor GoDaddy at the end of the season, Andretti was able to secure a replacement sponsorship package and the popular Canadian will remain in the No. 27 car next season.
"It's an honor to receive a nomination and I'm simply proud to be on the list in amongst so many outstanding Canadians," Hinchcliffe said in a news release. "We can all be super proud of our accomplishments as athletes this year and it shows the strength and determination of Canadians to succeed in competitive environments. Even better, it's a fan vote and in my opinion that's all the matters as they're the people who matter."
Hinchcliffe is one of 16 nominees and is up against the likes of multi-time world champion figure skater Patrick Chan, golfer Graham DeLaet, world champion bobsleder Kaillie Humphries, mixed martial artist Georges St-Pierre, two-time reigning Winter X Games champion snowboarder Mark McMorris and curler Rachel Homan.