(via INDYCAR) – James Hinchcliffe has been dedicated to raising awareness for the massive need for blood donations since he needed 22 pints to help save his life following a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015.
The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver continued the mission Thursday by hosting a fourth American Red Cross donation drive at an INDYCAR track this season. This time, Sonoma Raceway was the site for the American Red Cross Hinchcliffe 100 Blood Drive. The first 100 registered donors received free general admission passes to Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Thursday’s drive followed earlier ones this season at Indianapolis, Iowa and Portland. Hinchcliffe, driver of the No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda, was pleased to play a role in the season-long effort.
“It’s been huge and this is why we’ve been doing these with the American Red Cross,” Hinchcliffe said. “We have a lot of great fans that come to every INDYCAR race and they support the sponsors of their favorite teams and drivers. And they support their favorite drivers’ causes as well. What started out as three events, grew to four in the middle of this year and we’re looking at doing more next year.”
Hinchcliffe visited the Red Cross mobile units at the track to thank those who donated. It gave the Canadian an opportunity to hear their stories.
“One of the most satisfying things is we had a lot of first-time donors come out,” he said. “That’s huge. The people who came who are regular donors, it was nice to get them to come. But the ones who had never given, never thought about doing it, and learned the need through what we’ve been doing for the American Red Cross and got motivated to come out, that’s what this is really all about. New donors. We’re really pleased with the results.”