It seems everything in Indycar comes back to the starting point. In a news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this morning, it was announced that James Hinchcliffe will return to Andretti Autosport for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500. He will also race in the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis on May 9 and at Texas Motor Speedway June 6. Genesys, an Indianapolis based technology company will sponsor car number 29.
Hinchcliffe drove for the team from 2012-2014, and he had his best years with the team. Three of his six career wins came in 2013, and he was eighth in points in 2012 and 2013. With Andretti Hinchcliffe started the Indianapolis 500 twice from the middle of the front row and had a career best finish of sixth in 2012.
From 2015-2019 at Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Hinchcliffe’s best season finish was 10th in 2018. He was released from driving duties at the end of 2019. He won the pole for the 100th running of the 500 in 2016.
Hinchcliffe will be attempting to start in his seventh 500 mile race this May. He has struggled to make the race the last two years. In 2018 he was bumped from the field and last year qualified 32nd. Making the race should not be an issue this year.
Hinchcliffe will have some orange on his car.Genesys’s colors are orange, charcoal, and white. Ironic considering he was let go by Arrow McLaren SP.
I’m surprised that Toronto was not one of the additional races. I would have that race would have been his second priority. Perhaps it will be added later.
Michael Andretti mentioned that the team would like to try to get Hinchcliffe on full time. If that happens, who might be out? I would think Zach Veach is on the hot seat unless he has a strong season. Could Ryan Hunter-Reay be looking at Indy only after 2020?