Archive for the ‘Andretti Autosport’ Category

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.


 
 
 
 

Veach Victorious at Historic Milwaukee Mile

Monday, August 18th, 2014

8.17.14 (via motorsport.com) – Zach Veach, driver of the No. 26 RePLAY XD Indy Lights car, started Sunday's 100-mile race from the pole position and led 43 laps on his way to his third victory of the 2014 season.
 
He moved to second in the championship points standing with two races remaining.
 
"My engineer told me, 'we need those points, push,' so I was trying to get the best restart that I could. I think I jumped Matt (Brabham) a little bit. He got a little worried and protected the inside, so I got lucky to drive around the outside… I just pushed as hard as I could. I'm just so happy to have the RepPLAY XD car in victory lane," Veach said.
 
Teammate Matthew Brabham, in the No. 83 United Fiber & Data/MAZDASPEED car, started third and finished second to mark the Indy Lights Rookie's fourth podium finish of the season. He led 57 of the 100 laps.
 
"I'm proud of what the team did. We came from a long way back, especially in practice yesterday, so credit to them. I'm just a little bit disappointed, but I still have to be happy we ran such a strong race. It was unfortunate that the yellow came out when I was in the lead by eight seconds. Zach (Veach) just got around me and managed to snooker me at the end, so congratulations to him. I'd just like to thank all my team – United Fiber & Data,  MAZDASPEED and all the guys – my crew did a great job this weekend."
 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Formula E completes full event simulation ahead of first ever race

Monday, August 11th, 2014

8.11.14 (via FIA Formula E) – Formula E has completed two full event simulations as the world’s first all-electric single-seater championship gears up for its first race in Beijing on September 13.

Both events took place at Leicestershire’s Donington Park, where a temporary pitlane and pitboxes were assembled to mimic those that will be in place at the street circuits the series will visit. Accreditation procedures, operational and IT infrastructures and even television broadcasts were also meticulously tested.

During the second simulation, for the first time the 10 teams ran all four of their cars as the two non-qualifying sessions, qualifying and an endurance test were completed to the schedule that will take place at the races.

This meant that all of the teams and drivers had the opportunity to simulate the unique car change pitstops – and at the second simulation – a full standing start.

While a number of issues were encountered, which was the reason for running the simulation, overall the events were considered to be a success.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “Putting on a major sporting event in the heart of cities around the world is a massive undertaking and requires careful preparation. We want the Formula E Beijing ePrix to a fantastic spectacle, which is why we’re leaving nothing to chance by rigorously testing all the systems beforehand. Overall we’re very pleased with how things went.”

Organisers have also revealed the raceday timetable for each Formula E event, which takes place all in one day. The 10 teams and 20 drivers will have two non-qualifying sessions in the morning – lasting 45 minutes and 30 minutes – followed by a qualifying session split into four groups of five cars with the order selected at random beforehand. The race itself will last approximately 60 minutes with the race distance (exact number of laps) determined on the day.

The final Formula E pre-season test takes place at Donington Park on August 19 with free admission to the public. Some 4000 fans have already pre-registered their interest for the last opportunity to see the cars and drivers before the season opener.

For more information on Formula E visit www.fiaformulae.com. To register for the final Formula E test click here: http://www.donington-park.co.uk/events/formula-e-testing/2014/08/19/fia-formula-e-official-test/

 

 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grist pounces at Mid-Ohio to take second win for Andretti Autosport

Monday, August 4th, 2014

8.3.14 (via RACER.com) – Garett Grist lined up third on the grid for Sunday morning's Cooper Tires Pro Mazda Grand Prix at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Round 11 of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, but he didn't stay there for long. The 19-year-old from Grimsby, Ont., Canada pounced at the rolling start, moving alongside front row starters Nicolas Costa and Kyle Kaiser on the drag race toward Turn Four before taking the lead with a bold maneuver to secure the inside line – and the lead – into Turn Six.
 
Grist remained under pressure for the entire 20-lap race from Costa, who ensured a fine weekend for Team Pelfrey after winning yesterday's race and claiming the additional bonus point this morning for setting fastest race lap by a scant 0.001 seconds over Grist. The Canadian's second victory of the season with Andretti Autosport's #27 DaVinci Foods/Lander Property Management entry moved him up one place in the season standings to fifth, just two points behind teammate Shelby Blackstock who was unfortunately involved in an incident even before the green flag had been waved.
 
"We were able to get into second in corner one and hold the outside in corner two to get the lead. From there, we never looked back," related Grist. "The car was great. I never had to touch the bar or anything. I just set sail, and set consistent laps. At the end, I had to turn it up a bit because Nicolas [Costa] was catching up but I was able to do that relatively easily, and from there we just pulled away even more at the end. It's my second win this year and it feels good. Hopefully, we can get another at Milwaukee in two weeks."