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.