Taylor Hicks, the 2006 “American Idol” winner, received an up-close and (maybe too) personal view of the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park circuit in the front seat of a Honda Accord Pace Car courtesy of Firestone Indy Lights driver and Pace Car Team member James Hinchcliffe.

Taylor Hicks and Hinch

Taylor Hicks and Hinch

Hicks, a Birmingham, Ala., native, sang the national anthem before the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Legacy Credit Union.

American Idol

Taylor Hicks performs the national anthem

“I’ve never been to an IndyCar race and this is the first IndyCar race for a lot of people in the state of Alabama,” said Hicks, who is on tour in “Grease.” “To be able to get out on this course and see what the IndyCars do, you feel like you’re really there and feeling the turns. (Hinchcliffe) did a great job and I had a great time.”

Hinchcliffe appreciated the compliment.
“I may have turned the notch up just a bit in some of the turns,” he said. “I like to think we give everybody pretty good rides, and it’s cool to be here in Alabama and give him a taste of an IndyCar race. I’m pretty sure IndyCar has a fan for life now in Taylor Hicks.”


There are 2 comments for this post.

  1. Rurality on April 12, 2010 12:30 pm

    Thanks, I was wondering who drove the pace cars and who rode in them. Did any of the other celebrities on hand get rides too?

  2. Greg Dickens on July 25, 2010 8:29 pm
    Greg Dickens

    Helio was clealy the winner of todays race, the instant replay clealy shows he kept his lane. You need to review the video before declaring dixon the winner. Helio was the winner get your eyes and attitude checked

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