From press release
Mazda has added Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe to the SKYACTIV Prototype driver line-up for the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona, opening round of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Hinchcliffe, a three-time IndyCar race winner and native of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, will drive for the Mazda factory team for the fourth consecutive year at the 24-hour race.
Hinchcliffe has driven in the Prototype, GT and GX categories at the Rolex 24. On his way to the IndyCar ranks, he competed in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system that helps young drivers climb to the top level of their sport.
The Canadian will be sharing the wheel of the No. 70 Mazda with Tristan Nunez, Jonathan Bomarito and fellow countryman Sylvain Tremblay.
“This will be my fourth year in a row with Mazda, so I think that shows how I feel about them and the level of professionalism that they show. 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.
“Coming up through the Mazda Road to Indy, I have had a lot of experience driving different Mazda-powered machines. To see what they’ve done with that program and how they support the ladder system, not only in open-wheel racing but sports car racing and motorsports overall, it’s really really cool to see.
“(Director of Mazda Motorsports) 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 (Tremblay, team owner) 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.”