Canadian James Hinchcliffe secures sponsorship for two IndyCar races

INDIANAPOLIS — Canadian auto racer James Hinchcliffe is expected to compete in at least two IndyCar races this season after landing a sponsor on Thursday.

Genesys, an American-based technology company, says it will sponsor Hinchcliffe for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road-course race on May 9 and the Indianapolis 500 on May 24.

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The company says details on Hinchcliffe's team will be in announced in the coming weeks.

Hinchcliffe, from Oakville, Ont., lost his seat with Arrow McLaren SP Racing after the 2019 season.

McLaren came on board with Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson's team following the season and opted to make a lineup change. Pato O'Ward and reigning Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew will drive for the team.

The 33-year-old Hinchcliffe, one of the most popular IndyCar racers last decade, has been a full-timer in the series since 2011. He has won six races.

"Hinchcliffe brings an incredible level of skill and charisma to IndyCar, not to mention his genuine empathy for other teams and drivers," Genesys CEO Tony Bates said in a statement.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 16, 2020.

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