It’s been an incredible week of disappointment for James Hinchcliffe when news broke that he was being removed from his ride at Arrow McLaren Racing SP. It was officially announced on Wednesday morning that Pato O’Ward of Mexico and Oliver Askew of Jupiter, Florida – the past two Indy Lights champions – would be in the car next season.
The popular 31-year-old driver from Oakville, Ontario remains under contract to the team, but is free to pursue other driving options.
Thursday morning, Hinchcliffe offered his first public comment on his Twitter feed.
“It goes without saying the happenings of the last 48 hours have been difficult,” Hinchcliffe Tweeted. “We were shocked to learn we would not be in the #5 car for the 2020 season. Obviously it’s very late in the game, but my team is working flat out to try and salvage a full 2020 IndyCar campaign.”
The popular driver thanked his many race fans and supporters for their encouragement.
“The support from the Motorsports community has been overwhelming and is endlessly appreciated,” Hinchcliffe Tweeted. “We only get to do what we do because of the fans, and your passion is amazing.
“Disappointment aside, I still have my health, incredible family, friends and fans supporting me, and at the end of the day, there’s not much a little maple syrup and a Leafs game can’t fix.
“We’ve been kicked down before and came back stronger. This is simply our next fight.