Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe says that it’s huge to be coming back to the same program as he prepares to make his full-time NTT IndyCar Series return driving the No.29 Genesys Capstone Honda for Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport.

Speaking to Paddock Eye during Friday’s media day, the Mayor of HinchTown said:

So I think it’s huge to be coming back to the same program. I think if you had to start from scratch again, it would certainly take a little bit longer to get up to speed. I feel like we can really kind of hit the ground running, like I said.

Yeah, the engineering staff that I’m working with is a little bit changed from the races last year, but for the most part it’s a lot of familiar faces, so I think that’s a huge advantage.

Expectations for the season are like any time. We’re not going to know what we have until we get to that first race. And certainly going off the tail end of last year, I think the team was very strong across all the cars, and we’re kind of hoping to keep that pace up and that momentum up.

If we can have a good sort of first stint here going into the month of May and the season, it’s going to set us all up for a good shot at being in the championship fight come Long Beach.

Speaking about the deal with Andretti, Hinchliffe said:

Yeah, so it was a one-plus-one sort of thing. So there’s an option for continuing for sure, and obviously that’s the goal of all the parties involved.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season gets underway with the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports from April 6-8.

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