NTT INDYCAR SERIES veteran turned NBC Sports analyst and commentator James Hinchcliffe will make his racing return when he competes in round seven and eighth of the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup by BFGoodrich Tires at Watkins Glen International Circuit from June 22-24.

The Mayor of HinchTown will compete in the No.3 JTR Motorsports Engineering entry.

Speaking about the news, Hinchcliffe says:

We’ve had the benefit of having MX-5 Cup run at a bunch of IndyCar races over the years and I’ll tell you everyone in the paddock is either on the pit wall or switching over the feed in the engineering office to watch those races because they look like so much fun. “I think the series does a great job keeping everything nice and even. I think the competition is incredibly fierce and as drivers, that’s what you want to see. I’ve always enjoyed watching it and always thought it would be a blast to get the opportunity to try it. I’m very much looking forward to this.”

Mazda Motorsports Program Manager Jonathan Applegate commented saying:

“The love Mazda MX-5 Cup receives from top-tier, world-famous drivers is something really special. “We’re thrilled once again to welcome a tremendously talented guest driver to the series in James Hinchcliffe. Having a driver with a unique Mazda connection is great, but most importantly we want James to enjoy his time with us and share the fun of MX-5 Cup racing with his fan base.”

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