When "Dancing With The Stars" 2016 resumes Oct. 24 on ABC, IndyCar driver and undeniable fan favorite James Hinchcliffe will take to the ballroom floor to celebrate decades past during the series' time-hopping Eras Night. Per spoilers released by Just Jared Jr. last week, Hinchcliffe and "DWTS" pro partner Sharna Burgess will continue along their path toward the Mirrorball Trophy with a 1940s-inspired Jitterbug set to "In the Mood," and a group dance alongside fellow competitors Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold, Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev, and Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke. So what prompted Hinchcliffe to get his dance on in the first place?

He provided an amusing answer to the ever-present question with an Oct. 21 tweet to followers.

James Hinchcliffe's 'DWTS' 2016 inspiration?

Hinchcliffe's clever tweet included the text"People ask who talked me into going on #DWTS...now you know" along with a photo of a simple black tag featuring the words "Trust me, you can dance. - Vodka."

Whether or not alcohol had anything to do with the 29-year old racecar driver's decision to join the"Dancing with the Stars" season 23cast is up for debate, his worthiness of winning the title at season's end is not. To date, Hinchcliffe and Burgess have earned the second-highest total of judges' points awarded by "DWTS" panelists Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli, with only pre-season favorites Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy with more points to their team name.

Best-ever male celebrity 'DWTS' dancer?

In fact, James Hinchcliffe is so good that Julianne Hough made the startling claimduring the Oct. 17 live episode of "Dancing with the Stars" 2016that he is "hands down the best male dancer we've ever had on this show." That's saying a lot, given the number of talented male celebs who have danced for the trophy, including actor Gilles Marini and TV host Mario Lopez.Hough herself partnered Helio Castroneves --who is also an IndyCar driver-- to the "DWTS" trophy several years ago.

To see if James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess re-claim the top spot on the leaderboard, watch "Dancing with the Stars" Eras Night at 8 PM Eastern/Pacific on ABC.

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