IndyCar driver bids farewell to beard

May, 11, 2012
James HinchcliffeAP Photo/Chris O'Meara
You see that guy? That's James Hinchcliffe -- 2011 Izod IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year, successor to Danica Patrick at Andretti Autosport, and purveyor of a subtle beard that's become his signature.

Until now.

On a bet with fellow IndyCar driver Wade Cunningham, Hinchcliffe promised that if he made the podium (top three) at any series event in 2012, he'd shave off that facial hair. One third-place finish at Long Beach later, and here you go -- Thursday's straight-razor obliteration, straight from Indianapolis and Indy 500 practice:

Photos courtesy of IndyCar.




Hinchcliffe's quote, from IndyCar: "I think I was actually more nervous going into that than I was the 500 last year! I haven't been clean-shaven for the better part of a decade. But, a bet is a bet, so I had to hold up my end.

"Everyone at Red's [Classic Barber Shop] was great, the treatment was first class, and at the end of it all I look about 6 years younger. I'm still not used to it, and I am going to grow it back as soon as possible, but I can say now that I've done it!"
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?