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Hinchcliffe takes over Patrick's ride at Andretti Autosport

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Andretti Autosport has named James Hinchcliffe as the replacement driver for Danica Patrick in the No.27 car for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

Hinchcliffe drove for Newman-Haas Racing during his 2011 rookie-of-the-year season. The 25-year-old Toronto native finished 12th in points last year, scoring three top-five finishes and seven top-10s.

He will join Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay at Michael Andretti's team. GoDaddy will continue its sponsorship with the No.27.

"Can't put into words how cool it is to be driving the #27 for [GoDaddy] and [Andretti Autosport]," Hinchcliffe posted on his Twitter account Tuesday.

Dan Wheldon had signed with Andretti to replace Patrick before his fatal crash in the October 16 season-finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Patrick is NASCAR-bound this year, running a full-time schedule in the Nationwide Series and a partial one in the Sprint Cup Series.

01/10 13:40:15 ET

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