LOS ANGELES – IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe, who finished a surprise second on last season's "Dancing with the Stars," is racing along a steady track of love with actress girlfriend Becky Dalton.
He gushed to Fox News about Dalton, who has appeared in Hallmark Channel movies.
"Our ability to laugh together is what attracted us right from the get go," he said. "And we're both very driven.
"I put my life on the line to compete."
The couple recently bought a house together, but Hinchcliffe said during one moment his mother called his girlfriend "a sugar-coated arsenic pill."
I can't thank my beautiful @beckydalts for everything the last three months. Dealing with being relocated, crazy hours, last minute schedule changes, late rehearsals, a sore, tired and sometimes cranky boyfriend, lots of ordering in, guy liner and fake tan on me...and handled it all like a champ! Wouldn't have survived without you my love!
Speaking to us ahead of the Long Beach Grand Prix, Hinchcliffe said, "Evidently I get my competitive nature from my mother… and we were playing a friendly family game of Monopoly Deal and I guess Becky pulled some sly move on Mama Hinch and she didn't take too kindly to it and that's when the line was drawn. It was all in jest and good fun over a card game.”
He added that regularly, "They get along very well.”
The Canadian-born race car driver impressed "DWTS" fans last fall by finishing runner up to gymnast Laurie Hernandez.
Since then, he's been racing constantly for IndyCar.
Hinchcliffe's former "DWTS" partner Sharna Burgess is now training Bonner Bolton during season 24-- and rumors are flying she might be dating the bull rider. (They've said they're just friends)
"That's their business," Hincliffe laughed. "If that's the case, I hope they're happy."