Andretti Autosport have a very strong four car line up for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season having announced on Tuesday that James Hinchcliffe will make his full-time return to the series in the No.29 Honda carrying Genesys for ten races this year including the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 30.
The Mayor of HinchTown returns to Andretti where he raced from 2012 to 2014 before moving to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and in 2020 he competed in a number of races for Andretti Autosport including the Indianapolis 500.
James Hinchcliffe believes that Andretti Autosport will hit the ground running in 2021 following on from a strong end to the 2020 season. Speaking to Paddock Eye on Tuesday following the announcement, Hinch said:
eah, for sure. I mean, any time you’re in the race car with the team, there’s items that you can learn from, certainly take into the following year. There’s no major changes to the cars. Every lap I turned in 2020 is going to be valuable, just going to add to the database of knowledge for 2021.
I’ll be working with a different engineering staff now that we’re a full-time program. It’s people I had the chance to work alongside, some people I’ve worked with in the past on the car.
Yeah, I think a lot of the experience from last year is going to translate well. I don’t think we should start behind the eight ball really compared to anybody. I think we should be right there.
Genesys are excited to be extending the partnership with James Hinchcliffe and Andretti Autosport to ten races for this year with their Chief Marketing Officer Joyce Kim saying:
The pride our employees have and the sense of family we created through last season’s experience with James, the Andretti Autosport team and the broader IndyCar community is why we’re back for more.
Hinchcliffe joins Ryan Hunter Reay, Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta at the team while Marco Andretti will run the Indianapolis 500.
Speaking during Tuesday’s announcement, team owner and CEO Michael Andretti said that Marco will not travel to the races he competes in as he wants to focus on other racing activities and explore new opportunities to race in other categories however he has not ruled out Marco returning to the series in the future.
The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season gets underway on April 18 with the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.