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Early Honda performance impresses Hunter-Reay

Monday, November 18th, 2013

11.18.13 (via IndyCar.com) – Ryan Hunter-Reay was involved in the early development of 2.2-liter, twin turbocharged V-6 engine as Chevrolet rejoined the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012.

The Andretti Autosport driver, who rode that engine to the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series championship and two victories this past season, now is involved in the offseason development of Honda Performance Development’s twin turbocharged engine.
 
Andretti Autosport announced at the season finale Oct. 19 that it would switch to Honda power for the 2014 season. Hunter-Reay joined Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in testing the engine Nov. 18 at Sebring International Raceway.
 
“I’m very impressed with the power and delivery,” Hunter-Reay said. “We’re all happy with how we started testing. The development side of it is a lot of fun. You have an opportunity to customize and personalize and have your impact on a program. What we do right now is important, to get every bit of data out of every day, is crucial to the 2014 championship.
 
“All the hard work going into it will make a big different come the season opener at St. Pete. It’s great to get back to it."
 
In July, INDYCAR announced it would require all engines used in 2014 to be powered by twin turbochargers. Honda, the series' sole engine producer from 2006-11, had been using a single turbocharger.

Carlos Munoz Joins Andretti Autosport IndyCar Effort

Monday, November 18th, 2013

11.18.13 – Four-time IndyCar Series champions Andretti Autosport confirmed today that Colombian Carlos Munoz will join the team’s IndyCar stable for 2014. The former Firestone Indy Lights standout will join Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay for the Indianapolis-based team’s four-car IndyCar squad. Sponsorship details for Munoz’s entry will be announced at a later date.
 
“I don't have the words to express right now how I feel." said Munoz. "After so many years of racing and all the sacrifices – leaving my family in Colombia and going to Europe to race, then coming here to the U.S. – but finally, I'm a professional race car driver in the maximum category in America, IndyCar. I have to thank Andretti Autosport, and especially Michael Andretti, for this opportunity. To be a part of this team, they believe a lot in me, and to pay them back would be to bring them great results. With that, I have to work hard in all aspects – mentally and physically. I'm really happy and I'm looking forward to start practicing and testing. I also have to thank my family for all of their support all these years. Finally my dream has come true. Also to my fans for being here and believing in me; this is just the beginning.”
 
Munoz made his IndyCar Series debut at the 2013 Indianapolis 500 where he earned Rookie of the Year honors for starting on the front row and, after leading the historic race for 12 laps, finishing in the second position. The 21-year-old also competed in IndyCar’s Grand Prix of Toronto in July, as well as the season finale at Auto Club Speedway where he competed in both the (formerly) Firestone Indy Lights and IndyCar Series events.
 
Team owner Michael Andretti said, "Carlos stepped up this season and showed outstanding potential on track in Indy and Fontana. We are looking forward to welcoming him as a full time IndyCar driver and seeing what 2014 has in store. We are confident that his success in Indy Lights will carry on into his IndyCar career.”
 
The Colombian recorded five Indy Lights pole positions and four wins (Barber, Long Beach, Pocono and Fontana) in 2013, marking his career-best year in two seasons of Indy Lights competition. Throughout his time spent at the final step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, Munoz has accrued six wins, six pole positions, 10 podiums and 20 top-10 finishes. The Indy Lights veteran came away with a fifth-place finish in the 2012 championship point’s standings and third for 2013.
 
 
 
 

STATEMENT ON RETIREMENT OF DARIO FRANCHITTI

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

11.14.13 – We are saddened to hear about the retirement of Dario Franchitti. Over the years he has become more than a former driver, he is truly a great friend and will forever be a part of the Andretti racing family. Dario captured his first championship and Indy 500 victory with us and the teams strong history is much to Dario's credit. We'd like to congratulate him on a successful career and wish him the best as he transitions into the next stage of his life. We have no doubt that he will continue to make a great impact on the sport of racing, albeit from behind the pit wall.
 

James Hinchcliffe nominated for Canadian Athlete of the Year!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

11.5.13 – Three-time IndyCar winner James Hinchcliffe is nominated for Sportnet's 2013 Canadian Athlete of the Year! "It's an honor to receive a nomination, and I'm simply proud to be on the list amongst so many outstanding Canadians," Hinch said.

"We can all be super proud of our accomplishments as athletes this year, and it shows the strength and determination of Canadians to succeed in competitive environments. Even better, it's a fan vote, and in my opinion, that's all the matters as they're the people who matter! For me personally, it was a great year taking three IndyCar victories for Andretti Autosport and GoDaddy. That's a platform I want to build on next year sporting United Fiber & Data colors, and once again, with the continued support of the fans both here in Canada, in the US and around the world!"

Voting ends November 15, so be sure to get your votes in now. You can vote for the Mayor of Hinchtown HERE!

 

 

 

James Hinchcliffe to Return to Andretti Autosport with United Fiber & Data

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

FONTANA, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2013) - IZOD IndyCar Series multiple race winner James Hinchcliffe will return to the team with which he captured his first career victory. The reigning series champions, Andretti Autosport, confirmed today that the Canadian fan favorite will pilot an Andretti Autosport Indy car for the 2014 IndyCar championship.

Hinchcliffe's No. 27 machine will don the colors of United Fiber & Data (UFD), a tech company, founded by three members of the multi-platinum rock band LIVE and their Think Loud Development company. UFD will also serve as a major associate on the No. 25 and No. 28 cars piloted by Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay, respectively. In addition, Andretti announced earlier today that the company will serve as the primary sponsor for Pro Mazda Champion Matthew Brabham as he transitions to Indy Lights in 2014.

The 26-year-old Hinchcliffe will make his 50th IndyCar career start at Auto Club Speedway this weekend. Hinchcliffe has recorded three wins and 25-top 10 finishes in his previous 49 starts. The Toronto-native joined Andretti Autosport before his 2012 sophomore year in the open-wheel series.

Based in York, Penn., United Fiber & Data offers a complete suite of all-fiber networking and broadband solutions and also served as a major associate sponsor of the No. 25 machine of Marco Andretti for the 2013 season.

United Fiber & Data will feature a 400-mile fiber optic line running between New York and Virginia and will operate out of different data centers across Pennsylvania (Allentown, Lancaster, Reading and York).

MICHAEL ANDRETTI, CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT:
"We are very happy to announce that Hinch will be back with us and that United Fiber & Data will be growing their sponsorship role. Hinch is a great addition to our team, and Chad (Taylor), Bill (Hynes) and everyone at UFD have become a true part of the Andretti Autosport family. We have a great friendship and partnership in UFD, and we look forward to sharing in many more wins together."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, DRIVER, NO. 27 UNITED FIBER & DATA CAR:
"It's great to be back with Andretti. Obviously, this has been home for the last two years and we preach so much about chemistry in this team and to keep it together is awesome. I want to, first off, thank GoDaddy for the last two years and the support past that they've given to this team. But, I'm really excited about UFD and being able to work with those guys. I think we can do a lot together and it's great to be back working with Michael (Andretti), Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and Marco (Andretti) and everyone on the team."

CHAD TAYLOR, CHAIRMAN, UNITED FIBER & DATA:
"UFD's title sponsorship of James Hinchcliffe further extends our belief in Andretti Autosport's championship caliber team. No doubt the 'Mayor of Hinchtown' will carry the United Fiber & Data IndyCar to Winner's Circle and hopefully a series championship!  'Gotta live, gotta live in Hinchtown.'"

BILL HYNES, DIRECTOR, UNITED FIBER & DATA:
"United Fiber & Data is excited to expand our multi-car affiliation with Andretti Autosport. Our title sponsorship of James Hinchcliffe represents UFD's long-term commitment to harnessing speed and technology for our state-of-the-art fiber infrastructure and redundant data facilities. Both our clients and employees have experienced the thrill of IndyCar racing. We look forward to many more Winner's Circle celebrations with the official 'Mayor of Hinchtown' and the Andretti Autosport family of championship caliber drivers."

 

United Fiber & Data Announces 2014 Sponsorship Plans

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

10.19.2013 – Current sponsor United Fiber & Data (UFD) announced today that they will expand their current associate sponsorship role with the reigning champions by becoming the primary sponsor on the No. 27 IndyCar driven by James Hinchcliffe as well as Indy Lights driver Matthew Brabham for 2014.

IZOD IndyCar Series multiple race winner James Hinchcliffe will return to the team with which he captured his first career victory. The reigning series champions, Andretti Autosport, confirmed today that the Canadian fan favorite will pilot the No. 27 machine which will don the colors of UFD, a tech company, founded by three members of the multi-platinum rock band LIVE and their Think Loud Development company.

UFD will also serve as a major associate on the No. 25 and No. 28 cars piloted by Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay, respectively. In addition, Andretti announced earlier today that the company will serve as the primary sponsor for Pro Mazda Champion Matthew Brabham as he transitions to Indy Lights in 2014. The third-generation racer will also showcase the colors of UFD.

Based in York, Penn., United Fiber & Data offers a complete suite of all-fiber networking and broadband solutions and also served as a major associate sponsor of the No. 25 machine of Marco Andretti for the 2013 season.

United Fiber & Data will feature a 400-mile fiber optic line running between New York and Virginia and will operate out of different data centers across Pennsylvania (Allentown, Lancaster, Reading and York).

 

 

Dr Pepper Snapple Group to remain with Andretti Autosport for 2014

Friday, October 18th, 2013

10.18.13 – ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT®, DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP TO CONTINUE LONGSTANDING INDYCAR RELATIONSHIP WITH NO. 25 CAR IN 2014

Third-generation racer Marco Andretti is quite familiar with the Dr Pepper Snapple (NYSE: DPS) family. He’ll once again help promote one of DPS’s iconic brands when he takes the wheel of the No. 25 Andretti Autosport car next season.

The DPS-Andretti Autosport relationship enters its eighth season in 2014. In previous years, Marco Andretti has driven Indy cars highlighting Venom Energy Drink, Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper TEN and RC Cola.

“Marco and Andretti Autosport have been great ambassadors of our brands over the years, and we are pleased to be partnering with them for another exciting IndyCar season,” said Jim Trebilcock, executive vice president of marketing for DPS. “Our brands and IndyCar both have extraordinary and passionate fans, and we’re looking forward to working with Marco and his team to drive excitement and build on that passion.”

Andretti, concluding his eighth season in IndyCar Series competition at Auto Club Speedway this weekend, is ranked fifth in the IZOD IndyCar Series points standings with 14 top-10 finishes, marking his best season to date. The Nazareth, Penn. native has recorded two pole-positions this season and is nearing the 1000 laps-led mark, currently holding 944 laps as a race leader. Andretti and his No. 25 RC Cola branded car sat on the front row for this year’s running of the Indianapolis 500-mile race, the 26-year-old’s best start at the historic 2.5-mile oval.

“Dr Pepper Snapple’s products are among the most well-loved brands on the market, and they carry great appeal with our fans,” said Marco Andretti, Driver, No. 25 Car. “We’re excited to be teaming up with them once again next season. I feel we have been getting closer to a championship title and an Indy 500 win, and I wouldn't want to win it with anyone more with the Dr Pepper Snapple family and with my dad. I feel like I have a lot of unfinished business and a lot of good results coming our way.” 

In addition to touting its brands on his No. 25 car, Andretti has worked with DPS on one of its key philanthropic initiatives, serving as honorary chairman of DPS’s of its 2013 United Way campaign. Themed “Drive Home Giving,” the campaign raised nearly $2.2 million for United Way agencies.

 

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay on his championship defense and the 2013 IndyCar title contenders

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

10.15.13 (via RACER.com) – There was a time when Ryan Hunter-Reay's career comprised mainly barren plains. Yet from midseason 2011 until midseason this year, he saw the IndyCar world from an elevated position, and in 2012, he got the view from the mountain top. And that sultry night in Fontana last September, many rejoiced with Ryan because 1) his route to the top had demanded talent, resilience and fortitude beyond the understanding of most of his peers, and 2) winning the IndyCar title was a long-held dream and he'd made it come true.
 
“I'm pleased for Ryan for three reasons,” one experienced IndyCar paddock member remarked last winter. “One, this is what he wanted to win since he was a kid, so it's cool to see him achieve it. Two, I think as an American, IndyCar can do a lot with him promotionally through the off-season and all next year, so the series will benefit from that. And three, I don't think Andretti [Autosport] are going to be so strong again so this may have been his only chance…”
 
Agreed on point one: there was spontaneous joy etched across Ryan's face that night and even the following day he (understandably) could hardly stop himself smiling. He was the picture of contentment. On the second point, sadly, the publicity-seizing opportunity has been squandered: even RHR himself admits to being shocked at how few demands the series has made during his time as champion.
 
As for the third point, regarding his team's prospects, many of us agreed…and were then made to feel pretty foolish for the first half of this season. Ten races in, Andretti Autosport had won precisely half. Remarkably though, now, with 18 races down and just one to go, those five victories – three for James Hinchcliffe, two for Hunter-Reay – are still AA's total victory tally in 2013. Although Hunter-Reay's season-long performance hasn't featured the wild oscillations race to race that Hinch has experienced, nor has it featured the kind of consistency that we'd seen from the No. 28 car the year before. And that's what has made the difference between nailing a second straight title and scrapping for fourth or fifth.
 
“We've had five mechanical or electrical problems,” observes Hunter-Reay, a week before he relinquishes his crown, “and you can't win the title that way. But I don't want to sound like I'm complaining about the chance I've been given at this team. I'm still really happy. It's just been unfortunate how things have gone and yeah, ultimately it's cost us.”
 
Indeed. Ask any racing champion and he'll admit to a little luck somewhere in his season, whether it's having a yellow flag fall at the right time to work with his pit stop strategy, or the out of control car that just missed him in a Turn 1 pile-up, or the mechanical problem that occurred in Sunday morning warm-up rather than the race itself. It's rare that the title actually hinges on such matters, but they're vagaries of fortune that can switch knife-edge moments from “If only…” into “Thank God!,” and turn rueful into grateful. And it's those sorts of issues that have gone against the triumvirate of Hunter-Reay, race engineer Ray Gosselin and team owner and strategist Michael Andretti.
 
What must be doubly annoying for them is that, looking at this truly peculiar 2013 IndyCar season, if any driver/car combo as fast as Hunter-Reay/Andretti had also been consistent, the title could have been sewn up two or three races ago. True, Chip Ganassi Racing turned their fortunes around midseason with that Sebring test, and Team Penske have also improved. But the very fact that Ganassi's Scott Dixon has been able to leap into a commanding lead of the championship despite a fairly forgettable first half of the season, and despite being classified 15th and 19th at Sonoma and Baltimore, respectively, suggests the 2013 title was there for the taking.
 
“Oh, I hear ya,” agrees Hunter-Reay. “I think everyone at some point has shot themselves in the foot this year – and more than a few times. Everyone except Helio, I guess. For us, I think of things like the flat tire in Brazil, where we looked like we could have won and instead I end up outside the top 10. “And then three times I got ran into, as well…”
 
 
 
 
 
 

Viso carries Venezuelan flag through program

Monday, October 14th, 2013

10.14.13 (via INDYCAR.com) – E.J. Viso makes it a priority to watch a portion of both Pro Mazda Championship races at Houston, frequently checking the lap monitor in the Andretti Autosport pit to gauge the progress of a particular driver.

Viso, who also competed on the 1.634-mile, 10-turn circuit at Reliant Park in the two 90-lap IZOD IndyCar Series races, is carrying the banner for protégé Diego Ferreira through Team Viso Venezuela. The initiative, loosely started about seven years ago and solidified in the past two years, promotes bringing young talent to compete in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system with the aid of Venezuelan supporters.

“I come from a beautiful country and to give back energy and to help talent coming from there, to help someone be the next generation star is a dream,” says Viso with a nod to National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Sebastian Saavedra of Colombia and Oriol Servia of Spain are other Hispanics competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

“We’ve been through many political, financial difficulties, but I’ve never let go of the love for my country and I’m a big supporter,” continues Viso, who drives the Team Venezuela/PDVSA/CITGO car for Andretti Autosport. “I am a lover of my country and, in a way, I think that my country feels that and that’s the way it thinks back at me. This is why my career will be 23 years of consecutive racing. This is saying that we’ve been doing something right.”

Ferreira, 19, finished second in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires standings for Juncos Racing. Viso also is representing countrymen Camilo Schmidt and Bruno Palli, both of whom competed in Pro Mazda in 2012, in addition to Diego Borelli and Sebastian Fernandez, who are competing in karting in Europe. There’s also an indirect association with Jorge Goncalvez, who is sixth in the Firestone Indy Lights standings heading into the season finale Oct. 19 at Auto Club Speedway.

“In a way, I’m even doing this more for my country than the kids,” Viso says. “Don’t get me wrong, they are youngsters coming up who love racing. I see it differently as the future of my country and I see my country as the place that I love. I see giving back to my country will be through them, so I want to teach them the fundamentals and give them all the coaching and ideas I can. I’m pretty sure they’ll go further.”

 

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Don’t Miss Out: Week of October 14, 2013

Monday, October 14th, 2013

10.14.13 – Want in on the action? This is the place to find where you can see the Andretti Autosport drivers in action OFF the track. Be sure to show us your photos by sending them to our Twitter – @FollowAndretti or Facebook. (All times are in PACIFIC Time Zone)
 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16

E.J. Viso at Neiman Marcus
6550 Topanga Canyon Blvd,
Woodland Hills, 91303
@ 5 – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

Marco Andretti at Albertson's
8850 Foothill Blvd,
Rancho Cucamonga, 91730
@ 4 – 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

Zach Veach Q&A
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 3:15 p.m.

Zach Veach & Carlos Munoz
Firestone Indy Lights Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 3:30 – 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
Chevy Q&A
Chevy Display in INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 12:45 p.m.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
IZOD IndyCar Series Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 1 – 2 p.m.