The final piece of the Andretti puzzle was put in place today when Michael Andretti’s team confirmed the expected news of James Hinchcliffe rejoining the team on a full-time basis. Hinchcliffe will drive the No. 29 Honda, with 10 races being sponsored by Genesys, including the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500. The former Indy 500 pole sitter aims to get his career back on track, as he reunites with the team where he had most of his success.
The popular Canadian won three races with the team in 2013, and his best Indy 500 finish of 6th also came with Andretti. Last year he qualified 6th and finished 7th for the team as a one-off entry. Hinchcliffe becomes the fourth and final full-time entry for Andretti this season, joining Colton Herta (No. 26), Alexander Rossi (No. 27), and Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28) while Marco Andretti will run the Indy 500 in his No. 98 Honda. The full press release from today is below.
[Andretti Autosport Press Release]
NTT INDYCAR SERIES fan favorite, James Hinchcliffe will be back with Andretti Autosport in the No. 29 Honda. Hinchcliffe will be sporting the Genesys orange for 10 races throughout the 2021 season, including the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
“We’re really excited to have Hinch back in the car for 2021 and thrilled to welcome Genesys again to the Andretti family, this year in an expanded role,” said Andretti Autosport Chairman & CEO Michael Andretti. “This is just the first step in many exciting things for the No. 29 and we know Genesys will be a great partner serving as the cornerstone to the season for James.”
Genesys, the global leader in cloud customer experience and contact center solutions, served as Hinchcliffe’s sponsor at three of INDYCAR’s marquee events in the 2020 season. The company boasts a major employee presence in Indianapolis with more than 50 offices worldwide. Genesys technology helps organizations around the globe connect more than 70 billion customer moments each year across voice, text, messaging apps, web chat and social media.
“We’re building upon our tremendous partnership with James Hinchcliffe and Andretti Autosport. The success we have seen together goes beyond the deep connection Genesys has with the Indianapolis community,” said Tony Bates, CEO of Genesys. “James and the entire Andretti team are leaders on the track because they’re empowered with the right technology and data so they can make informed decisions at the right moment. That’s at the heart of every winning customer experience too, and what’s driving our momentum at Genesys.”
The 2021 season will be Hinchcliffe’s 11th year competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, and his fifth in the Andretti Autosport stable. Accepting every challenge, he was one of the four Andretti Autosport entries to land in the Firestone Fast 9 during qualifying for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500, with no pre-season testing due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“This program is something we’ve been working on since the day we signed our three-race deal with Andretti Autosport last March! Being back full time has always been the goal and it feels so great to know that I will be back on the grid and with such an amazing team, one I’ve had a lot of great memories and success with,” said James Hinchcliffe. “So many people at Genesys worked hard to get this done, and I am looking forward to representing them this year. Everyone at Honda, Don and Tom from Spire Sports, Michael, JF, Doug and the whole Andretti group, and everyone that has worked so hard to make this all come together. Even though it’s been a long road, the real work starts now, and I can’t wait to get to the track and kick off 2021.”
Hinchcliffe and his No. 29 become the fourth full-season entry in the Andretti Autosport 2021 fleet, joining already announced drivers Colton Herta (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda), Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Honda) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda). Additionally, veteran racer Marco Andretti has been announced to join the lineup Memorial Day weekend for the Indy 500. Remaining partnerships for the Canadian driver’s 2021 season will be announced in the coming weeks.