Canadian James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Lochte to compete on Dancing with the Stars

Canadian race car driver James Hinchcliffe will appear on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars against an assortment of athletes, actors and other celebrities, including controversial swimmer Ryan Lochte.

Rick Perry, meanwhile, will become 1st presidential candidate to compete

James Hinchcliffe, seen on Aug. 27, is back on the IndyCar Series this year after a life-threatening accident. He'll take on a new challenge against the usual cast of athetes, actors and other celebrities on Dancing With the Stars. (Mike Stone/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe is taking a lap around the dance floor.

The 29-year-old Oakville, Ont., native will appear on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.

"Oh boy, we are really doing this!" the star driver tweeted Tuesday. "Trading Stop n Go boots for dance shoes!"

ABC says Hinchcliffe's partner will be Sharna Burgess.

Hinchcliffe makes his appearance just under a year-and-a-half are being rushed to hospital in critical condition after an accident in an Indianapolis 500 practice run. Hinchcliffe suffered massive bleeding from a leg injury and required two surgeries, but returned to the racing track over four months later.

"Sharna definitely has her work cut out for her," Hinchcliffe said in a conference call on Tuesday. "But I've got the competitive spirit, and IndyCar drivers have a pretty good record on this show."

Former IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves appeared on the show twice, winning in the fifth season with partner Julianne Hough.

"I spoke to Helio at length before I committed to doing the show," Hinchcliffe said. "Having a friend and colleague who had been through it was a huge benefit to me. He thoroughly enjoyed it, so much he went back a second time.

"He warned me about the amount of work, but said that it's going to be an awful lot of fun."

Despite his current legal woes, 12-time Olympic medallist Ryan Lochte was named Tuesday as one of the contestants.

Lochte admits he lied about having a gun held to his head at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, where he and three other American swimmers had stopped to use a restroom. Lochte says he has offered to reimburse fellow swimmer James Feigen for a nearly $11,000 fine Feigen paid to resolve legal issues and leave the country.

Brazil wants Lochte to return to face a charge of filing a false police report, but he told ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday his legal team is dealing with the situation, adding "we're just trying to get this over with."

The other athletes due to perform are Rio Olympics gold medal gymnast Laurie Hernandez and recently retired NFL star Calvin Johnson.

Former Texas governor Rick Perry will make history, meanwhile, as the first U.S. presidential candidate to appear on the show. Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay previously appeared on the show.

The 23rd edition of the show, premiering Sept. 12, also features recording artists Babyface and Vanilla Ice; model and former Kanye West flame Amber Rose; Terra Jole from the reality show Little Women; and actors Jake T. Austin, Marilu Henner, Jana Kramer and Maureen McCormick.

With files from The Associated Press


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