Six-Time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Winner, James Hinchcliffe, to Speak at the 2022 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.

Six-Time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Winner, James Hinchcliffe, to Speak at the 2022 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.

The 500 Festival today announces that former INDYCAR driver and current INDYCAR analyst for NBC Sports, James Hinchcliffe will be the featured guest at the 2022 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. The event will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 9:30 am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  

Hinchcliffe will be honored as the day’s featured guest in an interview with Katie Kiel, former 500 Festival Princess and active personality in the motorsport community. As the self-proclaimed mayor of the fictional internet city “Hinchtown,” he will be recognized with his very own mayor’s vest, alongside 70+ Indiana mayors as we honor their work within their communities across the state. 

Breakfast at the Brickyard attracts race fans, business and civic leaders from all corners of the state. During the event, attendees will enjoy a hearty Hoosier breakfast and hear from James Hinchcliffe, as well as IMS and 500 Festival executives, before the announcement of the 500 Festival Marlyne Sexton Queen Scholar. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to drive a car around the famed oval track at IMS (weather permitting) and tour the garages before enjoying the afternoon qualifying session for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500, presented by Gainbridge. 

“Who better to join us for a mayor’s breakfast than the Mayor of Hinchtown himself?” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “James’ incredible career and involvement in the racing community has been nothing short of incredible, after winning six NTT INDYCAR SERIES races and overcoming a life-threatening injury. We are thrilled to have James join us for Breakfast at the Brickyard and to honor all his career and life achievements.” 

James Hinchcliffe made his INDYCAR debut in 2011 as NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year, driving with Newman Hass Racing and later racing for Andretti Autosport and Schmidt Peterson Motorsport. He suffered life-threatening injuries during a vicious Indianapolis 500 practice session crash in 2015, including a puncture to the left upper thigh reaching the pelvic area and underwent immediate surgery due to near-fatal blood loss.  

Following the accident, Hinchcliffe’s remarkable recovery led him to participate and finish as runner-up on Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars. His eight-week run on the Emmy-award winning show landed him appearances on “Good Morning America,” “Ellen,” “The View,” “Access Hollywood,” and “Entertainment Tonight.” A six-time INDYCAR winner, Hinchcliffe started on the pole for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, just one year after his near-fatal accident. In December of 2021, Hinchcliffe announced he was stepping away from full-time racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and now acts as an INDYCAR analyst for NBC Sports.  

“I am honored to be the featured guest at this year’s Breakfast at the Brickyard,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’m thrilled at the opportunity to be involved in such a historic tradition and to be amongst the list of previous featured guests such as Roger Penske, Sam Schmidt, and Mario Andretti. Officially being recognized as the Mayor of Hinchtown is also an added bonus!” 

Tickets for Breakfast at the Brickyard are currently on sale to the public. Prices for individual tickets are $85 each and Preferred Corporate Tables are $950. Tickets may be purchased at 

Support of the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard is provided by: Midwestern Engineers, Inc., Apex Benefits, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, McDonalds, WISH-TV, and WIBC.  

For more information about Breakfast at the Brickyard, or to purchase tickets, please visit or search #BrickyardBreakfast on social media.  


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