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Hinchcliffe Added to SpeedSource Mazda Lineup for Daytona

James Hinchcliffe added to SpeedSource Mazda for Rolex 24 at Daytona…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

Mazda has added IndyCar veteran James Hinchcliffe to its lineup for next weekend’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The Andretti Autosport open-wheel ace will join Tristan Nunez, Jonathan Bomarito and Sylvain Tremblay in the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda SKYACTIV-D prototype.

It will mark his fourth consecutive Rolex 24 with the Japanese manufacturer and two in a row in the Prototype class.

“It is a privilege and joy to get to drive for them and it’s a partnership I hope we can keep going for many more years,” Hinchcliffe said.

“John Doonan has been a big supporter of mine and a good friend for many years, so to get a chance to continue that relationship – personally and professionally – is great.

“With SpeedSource and Sylvain and all the guys, John’s put together a real crack organization. It goes hand-in-hand with how they do it at every level of the sport.”

Mazda Motorsports director John Dooonan added: “James is a great example of what the Mazda driver development programs are all about. I’ve known him for many years throughout his climb up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder to become a winning driver in IndyCar.

“He is a great young man who brings value to Mazda Motorsports on and off the track. We’re thrilled to have him with us again.”

The No. 07 car will also feature a four-driver lineup, with team principal Tremblay listed alongside Tom Long, Joel Miller and Ben Devlin.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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