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9.30.2014 – The four-time IndyCar Series and one-time Pro Mazda championship winning team will take part in two tests in the coming weeks to evaluate Formula E racer Daniel Abt (right) and Mazda Road to Indy driver Dalton Kellett (left).
Abt, a former Formula 3 teammate of 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Carlos Munoz, will test one of the team’s Indy cars on October 27 at Barber Motorsports Park. The 21-year-old German has been on the team’s radar since competing against him in its FIA Formula E efforts across the pond and would like to see what the GP2 Series veteran can do in an Indy car.
“I’m super excited to be testing an Indy car for the first time,” said Daniel. “I want to thank Andretti Autosport for giving me the chance to get my first outing in a race car in the USA. There will be a lot of things for me to learn, but I’m sure I can adapt quickly and master the challenge with all the experience I have gained in single-seater racing over the last couple of years. IndyCar is something I could definitely see myself racing in, so it’s good to get a feeling for everything and to show what I can do.”
The team’s Pro Mazda crew will see Canadian Kellett get behind the wheel at Putnam Park next Monday, October 6. The 21-year-old participated in his rookie year of Pro Mazda for the 2014 season and came away 10th in the championship with one podium, two top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
"I am very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to test with Andretti Autosport's Pro Mazda Team," Dalton added. "In the process of looking ahead to my next step in the Mazda Road to Indy, spending a test day with this successful organization will be a rewarding experience. Seeing how the team works and how I fit in with them will be an important part of the day. I hope to learn a lot and am looking forward to a successful test!"
The Indianapolis-based team remains busy during the INDYCAR offseason with its efforts in Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross with race winners Tanner Foust and Scott Speed racing in the November 5 season finale at SEMA. Additionally, the Andretti Formula-E Team, with drivers Franck Montagny and Charles Pic, alongside reserve driver Matthew Brabham, will head to Malaysia in late November for the second round of FIA Formula E competition. To stay up to date with the team, please follow along via Twitter (@FollowAndretti, @AndrettiFE), Instagram (andrettiautosport, andretti_fe) and Facebook (Andretti Autosport).
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!
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.”