After helping James Hinchcliffe top the scorecards, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro Sharna Burgess spoke to Beyond The Flag after a wild IndyCar ride.
On Monday IndyCar fans saw Sharna Burgess team with James Hinchcliffe to deliver a foxtrot that tied for the highest Dancing with the Stars score of the night. Four days later Hinchcliffe repaid the favor by taking Burgess out for a spin in an IndyCar two-seater during preparations for the 2016 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Once she’d completed her lightning-fast trip around Sonoma Raceway, Burgess spoke to Beyond The Flag about what it was like for her to be in Hinchcliffe’s world.
“I completely terrified myself going into this experience,” she laughed. “I just didn’t know what to expect. 165 MPH is a lot faster than I’ve ever gone and probably ever will go.
“My legs felt like jelly, and I kind of felt like everything else was moving in slow motion after going that fast. It was an indescribable feeling.
“I knew I was in safe hands with James,” Burgess continued, “but at the same time, you can’t expect what that’s going to feel like. But two turns in, I was thinking, ‘This is amazing!”
The DWTS veteran, who has been with the ABC reality show since Season 13 and became one of the featured professionals in Season 16, also spoke to Monday’s phenomenal performance.
Several of the show’s judges commented on how they didn’t expect such an outstanding showing from Hinchcliffe, and Burgess was thrilled that he exceeded their initial perception.
“I think it’s amazing that James came into Dancing with the Stars, as A) someone not all of our fans knew about and B) no one really expected anything from him. And he came in Week 1 and blew everyone away. Now a lot more people know his name and he has built a fan base already for himself and Indy.
“I think everyone is realizing,” she added, “Helio [Castroneves] came on and won [the competition in 2007] and James is already killing it in Week 2. There’s something about these IndyCar drivers!”
Burgess and Hinchcliffe will take the floor again Sept. 19 with a Latin dance; if you missed their premiere performance, you can watch it here.
Unfortunately, the show will also prevent Burgess from cheering on her partner during Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. She told us that she was catching a flight back to Los Angeles right after the driving session in order to prepare for Monday’s next episode.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC. The 2016 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma takes place Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.