Andretti Autosport has officially made official the signing of sophomore pilot James Hinchcliffe to run the teams Go Daddy sponsored ride in 2012.
"I'm so excited to be driving with the Andretti Autosport team and representing Go Daddy next season," said James Hinchcliffe. "Go Daddy is one of the best sponsors in sports, in terms of their activation execution ... plus Go Daddy is a world leader in just about everything they do. I have to thank Michael [Andretti] and Go Daddy for providing me this opportunity to compete for the championship and an Indy 500 victory."
Following the exit Go Daddy sponsored Danica Patrick from the IZOD IndyCar Series, former Andretti Green driver Dan Wheldon was set to return to his 2005 Indianapolis 500 winning team taking over the black and green Dallara. Soon after signing, Wheldon was tragically killed on the 11th lap of the season finale in Las Vegas.
Reigning Rookie of the Year winner James Hinchcliffe seemed to have been set alongside Oriol Servia for a return to Newman Hass Racing where the duo was very competitive in 2011. That was until the first of December when the legendary team announced their withdraw from IZOD IndyCar Series competition, leaving both Hinchcliffe and Servia ride less.
"I saw an article that said 'Hinch was a cinch' to drive our Go Daddy car," said Go Daddy, Senior Executive VP & CMO, Barb Rechterman. "I guess the many reasons Go Daddy wanted to put James behind the wheel are obvious ... he's tech savvy, personable, edgy and 100 percent competitive ... just like Go Daddy!"
The Go Daddy sponsored car shifted from the #7 to the #27, giving the teams confirmed full-time entries Marco Andretti's #26, Hinch's #27, and Ryan Hunter-Reay's #28.
"James is a perfect addition to our team for next year," team owner, Michael Andretti, said. "He's got a lot of talent and we believe he will be great for our driver chemistry. He will definitely grow and thrive with Andretti Autosport. Even in his rookie year in IndyCar, he proved to be a great competitor. I look forward to seeing what he is capable of in the next few months."