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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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Hinchcliffe threads the needle, then sews up first podium of year

Monday, August 4th, 2014

8.3.14 (via motorsportstalk.com) - Today’s Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course could have ended right after it had begun for James Hinchcliffe.
 
When Tony Kanaan spun out in the middle of the track on the opening corner, the field behind the Brazilian scattered everywhere in a bid to avoid his car.
 
One of them was Hinchcliffe, who started 17th on the grid and had to “thread the needle” between multiple cars, then avoid Kanaan to his outside at the exit of the turn.
 
Needless to say, things were pretty tight…
 
But Hinchcliffe made it out in one piece and even better, he had improved all the way to sixth. The Andretti Autosport driver would rise even further before coming home third in today’s race to claim his first podium finish of the 2014 IndyCar season.
 
“Obviously, it was nice to finally get a break in the United Fiber and Data car and get on the podium,” he told NBCSN afterwards. “This start was manic, man. I kinda went down into [Turn] 4 there and the seas kind of part before me.
 
“I feel bad for the guys that got involved in that wreck, but obviously it opened a door for us and we were able to take advantage.”
 
Hinchcliffe hovered around that sixth place position for the middle stages of the race, but on his final stop at Lap 67, Hinchcliffe was able to come out ahead of pole sitter Sebastien Bourdais in second place.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Munoz making waves as top rookie

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

7.30.14 (via RACER.com) – Andretti Autosport's Carlos Munoz has been shot out of a cannon since making his debut at the 2013 Indy 500. Qualifying and finishing second at the Speedway, Munoz has gone on to score three podiums this year and holds seventh in the championship.
 
And now, as he looks to close his first full season of Verizon IndyCar Series competition, the young Colombian is trying to match the best rookie season in recent history as he jockeys for position with open-wheel champions Juan M​ontoya, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan for a top-5 finish in the standings.
 
The 23-year-old will need to place fifth if he wants to equal Simon Pagenaud's impressive rookie campaign in 2012, and among his Andretti teammates, Marco Andretti's run to seventh in the championship as a rookie in 2006 ranks as the best in-house goal to pursue, but it won't be easy to achieve fifth or seventh.
 
The drivers he needs to get in front of have been gaining momentum, and with Kanaan, Andretti and Sebastien Bourdais breathing down his neck, Munoz will need to drive like a veteran over the final four rounds if he wants to hold onto his current position.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Don’t Miss Out: Driver Appearances for Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

7.29.14 - 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 Mid-Ohio! 

 

 

Thursday, July 31

Marco Andretti

Wal-Mart

2485 Possum Run Rd. Mansfield, OH 44903 

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Friday, August 1

Shelby Blackstock & Garett Grist

Pro Mazda Autograph Session

INDYCAR Fan Village 

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

 

Saturday, August 2

Zach Veach & Matthew Brabham

Indy Lights Autograph Session

INDYCAR Fan Village 

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

 

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

Verizon IndyCar Series Autograph Session

INDYCAR Fan Village

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 a.m.