James Hinchcliffe (born December 5, 1986) is a Canadian race car driver currently competing in the IndyCar Series with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Born in Oakville, Ontario, Hinchcliffe started his open-wheel career in karting and began car racing in 2003, when he finished 3rd in Bridgestone Racing Academy F2000 series. Next year he was top rookie in Formula BMW USA, winning three races. In 2005, he raced in the Star Mazda Series, finishing 3rd overall with three wins. In 2006 he moved to the Champ Car Atlantic Series with Forsythe Racing. He won one race at Portland and scored two other podiums, but was only able to finish 10th in the overall standings. Hinchcliffe also provided commentary for the Eurosport coverage of Champ Car events during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.