Hinchcliffe & Andretti Unite For Three, Including Indy 500

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Hinchcliffe & Andretti Unite
James Hinchcliffe will reunite with Andretti Autosport for three races this year, including the Indianapolis 500. (IndyCar photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Month of May will mark a homecoming for James Hinchcliffe, as the Canadian driver returns to Andretti Autosport, the team with which he celebrated his first NTT IndyCar Series victory in 2013.

Hinchcliffe will strap into the No. 29 Honda, carrying Genesys colors, as he enters three Indy car events for Andretti Autosport, including the 104th Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe will also pilot the No. 29 Honda in the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and at Texas Motor Speedway for the Texas 600 in June.

The 2016 Indy 500 polesitter, Hinchcliffe, holds a total of 139 Indy car starts, collecting six wins since his 2011 series debut. He’s made seven Indy 500 appearances as well.

“Honestly, it’s so nice being able to announce some more good news,” Hinchcliffe said. “It’s no secret that the 2020 season isn’t going to be exactly what we were expecting, but being able to start the new year with the announcement that Genesys was stepping in to save our season and partner with us was awesome, and now adding the next big piece in my reunion with Andretti Autosport just really makes it feel like the momentum is going our way.

I can’t wait to work with this group again and to get back behind the wheel of an Indy car.”

Together from 2012 through 2014, Hinchcliffe and Andretti Autosport recorded three IndyCar Series victories, 15 top-five finishes and nine front-row starts, including sitting on the front row for the Indy 500 twice.

“We’re really pleased to be able to welcome James back into the Andretti team. He has, for sure, been knocked down a few times by this sport and to be able to help him meet the challenge is really special,” said Andretti Autosport chairman and CEO Michael Andretti. “We had a lot of fun, and some great successes with James when he was part of the team before, and we’re really looking forward to picking up where we left off.

“I’d also like to welcome Genesys to the Andretti family for their first experience in INDYCAR racing. We now have three, major Indiana-based companies in our portfolio, along with several other brands that call Indianapolis home. It’s special to see these companies supporting Indiana’s home sport of INDYCAR racing, and we’re proud to carry them each with us,” Andretti continued. “We are looking forward to working with James and the Genesys team to deliver both on and off-track success.”

The fan favorite announced on Jan. 16 that Genesys, a leading provider of cloud customer experience and contact center technologies, would serve as his primary sponsor at two of INDYCAR’s marquee events.

The No. 29 Honda will take on the orange, white and charcoal of Genesys, a company with a major employee presence in Indianapolis and nearly 60 offices worldwide.

Genesys technology helps organizations connect more than 70 billion customer moments each year across voice, text, messaging apps, web chat and social media.

“We saw tremendous potential in James from the beginning – and now, with the power of Andretti Autosport behind him, it’s going to be an incredible ride,” noted Genesys CEO Tony Bates. “Our successes at Genesys are possible because of our team’s skills and the innovative technology that’s behind the many positive experiences consumers have with businesses. Success on the track requires the same winning combination.

“Between Andretti Autosport’s storied history and James’ talent behind the wheel, we couldn’t ask for a better way to kick off our inaugural presence in IndyCar.”

Hinchcliffe joins five teammates for the Indianapolis 500, with Andretti Autosport’s full-time NTT IndyCar Series stable consisting of Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Colton Herta, Marco Andretti and Zach Veach.