INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - In an effort to showcase the hard work of first responders, Indianapolis' Public Safety Department appointed James Hinchcliffe Director for the Day.
"Its been a real honor getting to meet some of the people that are keeping the citizens of Indianapolis safe," said Hinchcliffe.
It was a jam packed day for the IndyCar driver, who made stops at downtown fire departments and took part in some hands on demonstrations of IMPD's biggest toys.
"I have to say, all the firefighters, police officers have really enjoyed having a driver here of his caliber today," Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said.
Although popular among the ranks, Riggs is not worried Hinchcliffe will leave IndyCar for City Hall anytime soon.
"He is showing that he understands things pretty well. Some people were trying to get him to sign some overtime slips but he was smart enough not to."
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