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Want to spend this Monday at IMS for free -- and for a good cause?

Texas Motor Speedway Media Day

FORT WORTH, TX - FEBRUARY 28: James Hinchcliffe, driver of the No. 5 Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, speaks during a Q&A during the Media Day presentation at Texas Motor Speedway on February 28, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Richard Rodriguez

Want to experience what it’s like to be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway up close and personal – for free?

Just roll up your sleeves.

Verizon IndyCar Series star James Hinchcliffe has joined with Indiana Health and the American Red Cross to host the #HincliffeHundred blood drive this Monday at IMS (on Legends Row) from Noon to 6 p.m. ET.

All you have to do is go to and enter the code “HinchcliffeHundred” to take part.

More information can be found at The hashtag for the event is #HinchcliffeHundred.

The first 100 people to schedule an appointment to donate blood will receive a ticket and garage pass for the day.

Monday’s event is the kickoff for an even larger multi-year initiative involving Hinchcliffe. He will also host blood drives at several INDYCAR races in the future, including this season’s events at Iowa Speedway and the season finale at Sonoma Raceway.

Blood donation has become a major cause to Hinchcliffe, and understandably so. When he had his horrific crash while practicing for the 2015 Indy 500 at IMS that left him in critical condition, he underwent several blood transfusions.

While it was serious business back then, Hinchcliffe now looks back at the worst crash of his racing career – and resulting recovery – with a sense of humor.

He received a total of 22 units of blood during transfusions. The typical human body holds about 10 to 11 units of blood, prompting the Mayor of Hinchtown to joke he underwent “two full oil changes” during his treatment and recovery.

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