Hinch is joined by 12 other contestants, and they're sure to make this season one to remember.

Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe is changing the proverbial gears in a huge way come September 12, when he's set to join the cast of Dancing with the Stars for the series' 23rd season.

Oakville, Ontario-born Hinchcliffe will join pro dancer Sharna Burgess as he aims to win the competition, which sees celebrities and their partners try to beat out numerous other dancers over the course of several episodes. He announced his newest venture in a tweet on Tuesday.

 

 

 

This won't be the first time a race car driver has participated - Helio Castroneves, who also participated in the IndyCar series from 1998-2001, was the winner of the show's fifth season with the help of dancer Julianne Hough. IndyCar's Tony Kanaan reportedly auditioned for the show back in 2013, but never successfully made it onto the series.

Still, it's the first time a Canadian driver has been on the show, and he's sure to get plenty of support from a country that tends to rally around its celebrities and athletes. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders, for instance, made it to this year's MLB All Star game thanks to Canadians rallying together and voting him in. Luckily for Hinchcliffe, audience votes (along with judging votes) help put contestants through to subsequent rounds on Dancing with the Stars.

Hinch is joined by 12 other contestants, and they're sure to make this season one to remember. Music artist Vanilla Ice, of "Ice Ice Baby" fame, will be participating, along with disgraced U.S. Olympian Ryan Lochte. The show is no stranger to football players, and sure enough, retired Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson will also be putting on his dancing shoes in September.

We can't say we've ever seen Hinchcliffe dance, so we have no idea how he'll fare on Dancing with the Stars, but we'll be rooting for the kid from Oakville nonetheless. He already has four racing wins, and more recently a third-place finish at the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto, but here's hoping he can add something far more unique to his trophy table.

The newest season begins on September 12 at 8 PM EST, and can be viewed in Canada on CTV.

Source: People

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