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Speedway Style: Marco Andretti on racing, fashion and why DWTS is not in his future

Monday, September 8th, 2014

9.8.14 (via Fashion Trends Daily) – You never forget your first time.

Deep growls reverberated throughout my body. My pulse quickened and I could nearly taste the adrenaline rush. The deafening groans were almost too much to take as the sleek bodies hugged the curves — and then it passed and for a moment and I could breathe again. My first Indy Car race. I would never be the same.

It was my first time at the Long Beach Grand Prix, where in addition to feeling the visceral excitement of racing for the first time (TV does not count), I spotted Marco Andretti posing graciously and confidently with two of his many adoring fans. It was evident why racing and style are such seductive bedfellows and why Andretti, who hails from one of racing’s most illustrious families, is considered one of the sport’s top ambassadors. Straight out of the gate in 2006, Andretti finished second in his first Indianapolis 500 in the second-closest finish in 500 history and was named Rookie of the Year. Later that year, Andretti won at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. at just 19 years old. He has since finished top five in the Indy 500 five out of the last nine years.

While IndyCar racing has always been considered the kind of sexy sport that attracts high-end sponsors who capitalize on the industry’s equally sexy cars, camera-ready drivers (both men and women now) and high-octane action, what is newer to IndyCar racing has been luxury fashion and accessories companies stepping into the mix — both with sponsorship of the cars and collaborations and partnerships with the drivers. This past year we saw Detroit-based heritage and watch brand Shinola as a major sponsor of the Detroit race and  Izod, William Rast have also been past sponsors and luxury watch brands such as LAPIZTA and B.R.M. (Bernard Richards Manufacture) have collaborated with IndyCar drivers for exclusive lines. (Read more here).

Promoting the upcoming series finale at Auto Club Speedway outside Los Angeles, Andretti took the time to chat with Fashion Trends Daily from his home in Pennsylvania and give us a look into what it’s like to be one of racing’s hottest names and style arbiters — and why he thinks he’s just too boring for reality TV. (For the record: We beg to differ! How boring can you be if you vacation with Ludacris and can say that Ice-T and Coco’s dog King Maximus fathered your bulldog?!)

Read on for our fun chat with Andretti!

Fashion Trends Daily: I went to the Long Beach Grand Prix this year, and I saw firsthand how gracious you were with fans before the race, posing for pictures, giving autographs. Have you seen a change in the type of IndyCar fan coming to the track during your career? 

Marco Andretti: You know what’s funny? I’m not sure I see a difference in the fans, but I see in difference in myself. I’m often misperceived because I have a million things going on in my head at the racetrack. So I’ve been really working on myself and working on being more graceful with fans.

 

Read more here…

 

 

 

Hinchcliffe weighs in on new Indy Lights car

Monday, September 8th, 2014

9.8.14 (via IndyCar.com) – Current performance is solid while it’s the new-for-2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires car’s potential that excited Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon and James Hinchcliffe.
 
One month after its initial on-track testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the drivers provided feedback following separate sessions Sept. 5 on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Reigning Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves will add his perspective during testing Sept. 6 on the iconic 2.5-mile oval.
 
Scott Dixon“As far as performance, it feels very good though it’s hard to compare it to the other Indy Lights car,” said Dixon, the three-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. “It’s fun going through some setups and driving something different. It’s early in its development with setups, but there are a lot of similarities to the IndyCar in terms of technology and safety. A nice thing is I can take my seat and put it in there, which is well thought out.
 
“The platform of Indy Lights is very important to see good drivers come through on their way up, hopefully, to the IndyCar Series so I’m happy to assist in any way.”
 
The turbocharged 4-cylinder Advanced Engine Research engine is mated to a Dallara chassis designed to be fast and safe on the variety pack of racetracks utilized in conjunction with Verizon IndyCar Series race weekends.
 
“It’s all about getting miles on the car and trying to contribute to the testing program,” said Hinchcliffe, of Andretti Autosport. “You feel out the brakes and the turbocharged engine, which has some different characteristics from the V8 engine that the other car had, and then you get to the chassis side and work on setups to handle each circuit. You have to build up slowly those first couple of runs.
 
“Every bit of data at this point is valuable. I’m a huge proponent of the Indy Lights series; it was a huge step for me in developing my skills and helping me get up to IndyCar. Anything I can do to help the series grow I’m here. To be part of the development of anything new is a nice new challenge and something fun.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Andretti Autosport’s Steve Barry named IndyCar Truck Driver of the Year

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

9.4.2014 - Steve Barry is one of the many members of the Andretti Autosport family and also one of the co-pilots of the No. 27 United Fiber & Data transporter that houses the two Honda-powered Indy cars of James Hinchcliffe. As a Transportation Manager, or truckie as they are fondly known, Barry drives the bright blue and white transporter from race to race, back to Andretti HQ and back out again. He, alongside the rest of Andretti Autosport's truckies, set up the "garage" at each race event or test, manage the pit box, load and unload all of our equipment and help with the ever-important pit stops during races. For 2014 he was named IndyCar Truck Driver of the Year by his fellow truckies throughout the paddock.

"I'm pleasantly surprised and humbled about this award," the Milwaukee native said. "Sometimes you're out here just working and doing your job and don't realize that other people watch. It's kind of humbling to know that all the work you put in gets noticed by other people. I think this whole award is chosen by the other people you work with out here and all the other guys that drive the trucks and set up the pits. There are eyes on you all the time – we're kind of a separate entity from the crew itself, and our responsibilty every weekend is to make everything gel. From that perspective, it's just nice that the other guys know you're doing a good job and vote for you."

The 15-year veteran of motorsport notes he is thankful to have his wife Sarah for holding down the fort all by herself while he travels with his Andretti Autosport family for so many days out of the year. Barry has been with Andretti Autosport since 2011 where he first started in the team's hospitality department; he has co-piloted one of the team's trucks for three years and now resides in Indianapolis with Sarah and their pets.

 

Congrats Steve! We're happy to have you be a part of the Andretti family!

Carlos Munoz Sunoco Rookie of the Year in a deep IndyCar freshman class

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

9.2.14 (via MotorSportsTalk) – The early season favorite for Verizon IndyCar Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year was Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz, and Munoz confirmed the award with an eighth place finish in Saturday night’s MAVTV 500 season finale at Auto Club Speedway.

Munoz scored three podium finishes (all third-places), two additional top-fives and three further top-10 finishes to end eighth in the IndyCar points standings.

Andretti’s Ryan Hunter-Reay finished sixth, Marco Andretti was ninth and James Hinchcliffe 12th this season.

As for the other rookies, Munoz was part of one of IndyCar’s better rookie classes in recent memory (2011 comes to mind), in a year that also featured the emergence – and podiums – from Mikhail Aleshin, Jack Hawksworth and race winner Carlos Huertas, all at Houston.

“First of all I want to wish (Mikhail) Aleshin a speedy recovery,” Munoz said. “As a rookie this year, I think it was the strongest rookie field IndyCar ever had. In general, we had the podiums and everything and that was great, and that’s why I feel really nice to be Rookie of the Year.

“As I said before, the competition this year was really tough. I’m just really happy; this is just the beginning, hopefully, of my career in IndyCar for many years. It’s always nice to have this honor in your resume. I think we finished the season strong, so I’m happy.”

 
Munoz also praised the work done by his No. 34 Cinsay/AndrettiTV.com Honda crew throughout the Fontana weekend, for getting him turned around after a difficult test and qualifying session (he qualified 18th).
 
 
 
 
 

Why Carlos Munoz is the Biggest Sleeper Threat to Win at Fontana

Friday, August 29th, 2014

8.29.14 (via racereviewonline.com) – Saturday night, the Verizon IndyCar Series season will come to a close. We will crown the 2014 champion, the Fontana race winner and the rookie of the year. One shoo in for the rookie of the year award should be Andretti Autosport driver Carlos Munoz as all he has to do is finish 16th or better and the crown is his.
 
Munoz has had a very solid season as I can honestly see it ending in a victory at Fontana this weekend.
 
The youngster has been very good in 500-mile races over his brief career as he finished second in the Indy 500 as a rookie a year ago and was in the hunt to win at Fontana filling in for E.J. Viso last year but crashed while running third just past the halfway point.
 
In 2014, Munoz came home fourth at Indy and third at Pocono to give him three top four finishes in four career 500-mile starts.
 
With that being said, a lot of drivers are going to be points racing on Saturday night, Munoz is going for the win. How many times over different forms of motorsports have we seen the sleeper win the season finale and propel them to a storied career?
 
That could happen to Munoz.
 
I like his chances this weekend and honestly think he will be battling it out for the win at the end. Munoz, is my sleeper this weekend as I feel another top five is coming.
 
From there, he’s a legit title contender next season.
 
 
 

Don’t Miss Out: Driver Appearances for MAVTV500

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

 

8.28.14 – Don't miss out on your opportunity to visit with all our IndyCar drivers! Check out the list of appearances for the MAVTV500!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, August 28
 
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Autograph Signing
Ralph’s – 16225 Sierra Lakes Pkwy, Fontana, CA

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, August 30
 
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Carlos Munoz
Verizon IndyCar Series Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 
 
 

Don’t Miss Out: Driver Appearances for Sonoma

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

8.20.14 – Don't miss out on your opportunity to visit with all our Pro Mazda, Indy Lights and IndyCar drivers! Check out the list of appearances for our weekend at Sonoma Raceway!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday, August 23
 


Marco Andretti
, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Carlos Munoz
Verizon IndyCar Series Autograph Session

INDYCAR Fan Village

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.



 
Shelby Blackstock, Garett Grist
Pro Mazda Autograph Session

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
 
 
Zach Veach, Matthew Brabham
Indy Lights Autograph Session

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
 


Ryan Hunter-Reay
Autographs
GoPro Booth

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


 
 
 
 

DHL and Andretti Autosport to Continue Successful Partnership

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

8.17.14 - The relationship between DHL and Andretti Autosport is four seasons strong and shows no signs of weakening. With Milwaukee IndyFest as a backdrop, the two parties today publically signed a partnership extension, which will see the global market leader in the logistics industry remain the primary sponsor on the No. 28 Andretti Autosport Indy car as part of a multi-year agreement.



"The speed, reliability and dedication exemplified by Andretti Autosport, Ryan Hunter-Reay and the DHL IndyCar team is truly an ideal fit for DHL and we are extremely pleased to continue our successful partnership," said Christine Nashick, Chief Customer Officer for DHL Express. "Since we teamed together in 2011, we've been able to successfully connect our global brand with the public and promote DHL as the International Specialists. We look forward to more spectacular years of racing with Andretti Autosport and Ryan."



Elements of sponsorship continue in 2015 with DHL image and advertising rights as well as VIP hospitality platforms for DHL customers at races in major U.S. and international markets.



In addition to this sponsorship extension, the Indianapolis-based four-time IndyCar Champions confirmed that 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay will return to the team in 2015 and beyond to pilot the DHL- sponsored machine.



"I'm thrilled to be able to announce today that the relationship between myself, DHL and Andretti Autosport will continue," said two-time ESPYS Best Driver award recipient Hunter-Reay. "To think back on my career and how far it has come, I know that DHL and Andretti Autosport have been instrumental in great achievements. I'm happy to call both organizations family and proud of how we have grown together over the past years. DHL is an iconic international brand and I can't thank them enough for not only their support in the team and myself, but also for their trust in me as a spokesperson and representative of their company. Every driver strives to find the stability in their career that allows them to continually grow each year; having a home at Andretti Autosport for the last five seasons, working with the same crew and supportive sponsors has no doubt been a key part of our successes. I look forward to all that is yet to come."



Hunter-Reay, 33, currently sits third in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship points standings, only 63 points behind the championship leader. With 166 Indy car starts, Hunter-Reay holds 14 race wins, 81 top-10 finishes and captured the 2012 IndyCar Series Championship title in a thrilling season finale showdown.



"Together DHL and Ryan (Hunter-Reay) have won their first series championship and first Indy 500 and we couldn't be happier to have both returning to the Andretti family," said team owner Michael Andretti. "Having a driver as dedicated as Ryan and a partner as supportive as DHL is what every IndyCar team strives to achieve. I'm happy to have shared the last few years with them and look forward to all of the success that will no doubt be in our future together."

 

 

Don’t Miss Out: Driver Appearances for Milwaukee IndyFest

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

8.13.14 – Don't miss out on your opportunity to visit with all our Pro Mazda, Indy Lights and IndyCar drivers! Check out the list of appearances for our weekend at the historic Milwaukee Mile!

 

 

 

Friday, August 15



Marco Andretti

Piggly Wiggly

2201 E. Rawson Ave, Oak Creek, WI 53154

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.




James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti

IndyFest Street Party Autograph Session

5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

 



Carlos Munoz

IndyFest Street Party Autograph Session

5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

 



Ryan Hunter-Reay, Zach Veach, Matthew Brabham

IndyFest Street Party Autograph Session

6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.



 

Garett Grist, Shelby Blackstock
IndyFest Street Party

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


 

Michael Andretti

IndyFest Street Party Autograph Session

6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

 





Saturday, August 16



Zach Veach, Matthew Brabham

IndyFest Tweet Up

Social Media Tent in the Infield

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Garett Grist, Shelby Blackstock

Pro Mazda Autograph Session

INDYCAR Fan Village

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.



 

Zach Veach, Matthew Brabham

Indy Lights Autograph Session

INDYCAR Fan Village

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 





Sunday, August 17



Michael Andretti

Coffee with Legends

Main Stage in the Infield

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.



 

James Hinchcliffe, Carlos Munoz, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti

Verizon IndyCar Series Autograph Session

INDYCAR Fan Village

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.



 

Marco Andretti

Generations Q&A

Main Stage in the Infield

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

 

Hunter-Reay seeking more magic at the mile

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

8.12.14 (via indycar.com) – Of Ryan Hunter-Reay’s eight Indy car starts at Milwaukee, he has three victories, has led 399 of the 1,260 laps and has one pole among his five top-10 starts.

“I have some great memories of the Milwaukee Mile and it’s been great to me,” he says with a nod to understatement.

Naturally, Hunter-Reay is looking forward to returning to the Mile this week for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest. He is third in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings – 63 points behind front-runner Will Power of Team Penske with three races left. Eleven drivers enter the 250-lap race Aug. 17 mathematically eligible for the title.

A third consecutive victory on the historic oval — which would match a feat accomplished by Tom Sneva from August 1982 to June 1984 — would greatly assist Hunter-Reay’s prospects of securing his second series title just as the June 2012 Milwaukee race. The eighth of 16 rounds on the schedule, Hunter-Reay overtook Helio Castroneves and led the final 84 of 225 laps for his first victory of the season. He exited the event fourth in the standings (41 points behind Power), and went on to also win at Iowa and Toronto in a three-week span.

The streak led Hunter-Reay to the top of the standings (34 points ahead of Power), and results of the intervening four races set up a title showdown in the finale at Auto Club Speedway. Hunter-Reay finished fourth while Power placed 24th after an early incident in the 250-lap race on the 2-mile oval to earn the championship by three points.