James Hinchcliffe Secures IndyCar Ride with Andretti Autosport

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NTT IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe lost his ride with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, now Arrow McLaren SP, early this off-season. Hinchcliffe secured Genesys as his backing sponsor to race in the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in January. Getting a new sponsor was great news for Hinch, but he didn’t have a team yet to drive for. All of that changed for the six-time NTT IndyCar Series winner this past Wednesday. Hinch announced that he would be racing for Andretti Autosport for three races in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season. 

Hinchcliffe will drive the No. 29 Genesys Honda for the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Texas 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Hinch becomes the sixth driver for Andretti Autosport, joining the cars of Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda), Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts/AutoNation Honda), Marco Andretti (No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda), Zach Veach (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda), and Colton Herta (No. 88 Capstone Turbine Honda). Hinch has some great teammates to work with for the Indy 500 because both Hunter-Reay and Rossi have won the 500 for the team. 

Hinchcliffe previously raced with Andretti Autosport from 2012 to 2014. He won three races for the team in his three years with Andretti. Hinch won his first NTT IndyCar Series race at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in 2013. He continued to win two more times in the 2013 season including the Sao Paulo Indy 300 at Brazil and the Iowa Corn Indy 250. Even though Hinch only won with Andretti Autosport in the 2013 season, he was pretty much always up at the front contending for race wins. 

In my opinion, I’m glad to see Hinchcliffe return to Andretti Autosport. Even though it’s only for three races, he gets to show what he’s capable of doing with a top team. Hinchcliffe was teammates with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti during his three-year time with the team, so he has some great help from some old teammates. It’s nice to see Hinch back at the team where his career pretty much started off. He previously raced with Newman/Haas Racing during his rookie season in 2011, but I consider Andretti Autosport his home because they kicked off his career. 

The Hinchcliffe fans can now take a deep breath knowing that their driver is guaranteed to race in the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020. It’s nice seeing Andretti Autosport giving Hinch another go with them. It’s obviously not what Hinch was intending to do for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, but it’s better to race a few times rather than none at all. I think Hinch is going to do well in his three races this season. I see him running in the top ten during the Indy GP and at Texas, but I see him racing for the win at the Indy 500. Watch Hinchcliffe’s return to Andretti Autosport as the NTT IndyCar Series head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9th at 3:30 P.M. EST on NBC.

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