Hinchcliffe Secures Sponsor For Indy GP & Indy 500


This offseason isn’t what NTT IndyCar Series veteran James Hinchcliffe had in mind. News broke early in the offseason that Hinchcliffe lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP, previously known as Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, in the No. 5 car. Meanwhile, the fans were shocked about the team’s late decision for Hinch. This news was a blaze of a story that rapidly spluttered out for want of fuel to feed it. But the Canadian recieved a little bit of good news last Thursday.

Hinchcliffe now has sponsorship by Indianapolis tech company Genesys for two NTT IndyCar Series races in 2020. According to a report from the Indianapolis Star, the two races are expected to be the two races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May-the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge. No team affiliation was mentioned during the press release.

I heard this good news about good to hear this news from the six-time IndyCar race winner. Hinchcliffe got released from his contract at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports after five years with the team. He got three race victories with Andretti Autosport, three more race wins, and won the pole for the 2016 Indianapolis 500 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Hinch finished 11th in last year’s Indy 500 from starting 32nd and 12th in the NTT IndyCar Series championship standings with one podium at Iowa in 17 races. 

I think that this is great news for Hinch. I wasn’t happy when I heard that he lost his seat at Arrow McLaren SP. The team has said that he would still be driving the No. 5 car for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, but they changed their mind. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports switched from Honda powered engines to Chevrolet powered engines over the offseason. I think they did that because they are now allianced with McLaren and Honda doesn’t like McLaren because of Fernando Alonso not using a Honda decal for a test, so they switched to Chevrolet engines to not make things complicated. Hinchcliffe is under a Honda contract and if he switches teams, they would have to have Honda engines for him to get the seat.

With Arrow McLaren SP switching to Chevrolet engines, I think Hinch had a conflict with his Honda contract. Honda wouldn’t like Hinch if he races for Arrow McLaren SP with Chevrolet engines. The manufacturer deal was already made when Hinch got released from the team. Hinch would be breaking his contract with Honda if he raced with Arrow McLaren SP in a Chevrolet powered car. I think the main reason why Hinch got released from Arrow McLaren SP is because the team switched to Chevrolet engines and Hinch can’t race with a Chevrolet engine because of his Honda contract. 

I think Hinchcliffe finding a sponsor for the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge is great news to hear. Everybody knows Hinch because he is one of the most popular drivers in the NTT IndyCar Series. The series would be way different without him in it. Even though Hinch hasn’t announced the team he would be driving for, there has been some rumors on who it is. Rumors have said that Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing would be the team Hinch would be driving for. He would drive the No. 55 Genesys Honda. The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season kicks off with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 15th at 3:30 P.M. ET on NBCSN. 

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