Newsstand » Hinchcliffe To Make Fifth Rolex 24 Start
James Hinchcliffe will make his fifth start with Mazda for the Rolex 24 at Daytona at the end of January.
The 30-year-old Verizon IndyCar Series driver will join full-season IMSA drivers Tom Long and Joel Miller in the No. 70 ModSpace/Castrol Edge Mazda Prototype. It will be the first time any of them have raced the all-new Mazda RT24-P race car!
“It’s great to be back behind the wheel at Daytona!” said Hinchcliffe. “It sucked sitting out last year’s race, but my focus at the time was getting myself back in shape for the IndyCar season. Coming back to Mazda and SpeedSource, where I’ve done all of my races at Daytona, is like coming home and I can’t thank Sylvain [Tremblay, SpeedSource owner] and John [Doonan, Mazda Motorsports director] enough for the chance. I can’t wait to be working with everyone there again, to get my hands on the new car, and try and deliver a win for Mazda.”
Hinchcliffe recently swapped his racing boots for dance shoes and finished runner-up on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars with dance partner Sharna Burgess. He resumes his IndyCar season with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 10-12, driving the No. 5 ARROW Electronics car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Mazda Motorsports boasts the most comprehensive auto racing development ladder system of any auto manufacturer in the world. The Mazda Road to 24 (#MRT24) program offers a number of scholarships to advance drivers up the sports car racing ladder, beginning with the Global MX-5 Cup series and culminating with the Mazda Prototype team. The Mazda Road to Indy (#MRTI) is a similar program that includes Mazda-powered categories of USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights. In grassroots road racing, more Mazdas race on any given weekend in North America than any other manufacturer. Mazda is also the title sponsor of the renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. Follow all of the latest news at MazdaMotorsports.com, @MazdaRacing on Twitter, and MazdaMotorsports on Instagram and Facebook.