Tincknell open to IndyCar options
Mazda DPi factory driver Harry Tincknell is not sure what he will do after the Japanese automaker closed its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program in November. Suddenly, the Briton, double category winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and one of the fastest drivers in the DPi category, wonders if a return to his open-wheel roots would be possible with a look at the NTT IndyCar Series .
Prior to his switch to sports cars in 2014, Tincknell focused all of his energies on his attempt to reach Formula 1. Helped Tincknell make an easy transition to prototypes where he won his Le Mans debut in LMP2. Factory roles followed at Nissan, Ford, Aston Martin and Mazda, which drew on his racing and chassis development skills as their respective programs followed one another.
The idea of going back to freewheeling and putting in all those miles and everything he’s learned to use in IndyCar while waiting for the new LMDh prototype formula to launch in 2023 has certainly crossed the mind of the 29-year-old. .
“In the past, there has been talk of doing a test here or there, but it never really worked out, so with a lot of things on the table for me next year, I’d love to show what I could do. in IndyCar, ”he told RACER.“ We (IMSA) have a few races that we share with the IndyCar every year, and I love to go there and see friends racing there. It is clear that this is an incredible series. I think these cars are just great.
“And I feel like they would suit my riding style, you just have to be super aggressive and send it. For anyone who saw me at the end of the races, this is my philosophy. I’m the guy who cuts the traffic and tries for the win. I love racing in North America, and if I could develop something in IndyCar I would grab any opportunity like this with both hands . “
As part of the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing program, Tincknell has worked alongside IndyCar champions Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, and Champ Car champion Sébastien Bourdais. Ryan Hunter-Reay is another IndyCar champion who worked with Tincknell at Mazda, and overall there was nothing to separate them on the clock.
“In the Ford GT program, I had Scott, Tony and Sébastien as teammates, and obviously Ryan Hunter-Reay was also my teammate when we won the 12 Hours of Sebring last year, and it was great to race with or against these guys when it comes to sports cars, “he said.” We always compare ourselves when the star IndyCar drivers jump into our world, so I think it would be great if I could jump into it. their world and see how I would get out of it.
“In particular, talking to Scott was insane because he’s just the most down to earth guy who gave me a lot of advice. He’s definitely given me inspiration on how you need to be on a team, the right work ethic to be successful, and a lot of things he uses to be successful. It really makes me want to jump into IndyCar, and I’d be 110% ready and determined to show what I can do for a team out there.