Andretti Autosport announced on Friday that James Hinchcliffe, the Mayor of HinchTown will return to the NTT IndyCar Series for the final three races of the 2020 season.
The news comes after Zach Veach relinquished his No.26 Gainbridge Honda. Chairman and CEO of Andretti Autosport Michael Andretti commented saying:
“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021. James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”
The Mayor of HinchTown was the highest placed Andretti car in the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge last month and speaking about the news he said:
“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can. I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.
“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”