Archive for the ‘Andretti Autosport’ Category

Three candidates named for 20th Gorsline Scholarship

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

2.27.14 (via RACER.com) – Three of auto racing's rising stars under the age of 21 who have already demonstrated their talents on North American racetracks for at least a dozen years are candidates for the 20th Gorsline Scholarship in 2014.

The Gorsline Scholarship is presented by Gorsline Company of Rochester, N.Y., the leader in high-risk motorsports insurance. It recognizes aspiring drivers and presents a program that provides tools that will assist these drivers in developing skills on and off the track to attain their professional goals.
 
The scholarship winner will be named on Thursday, March 13, during the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (Fla.) fueled by Fresh From Florida, and will work with Dr. Jacques Dallaire, Director of Performance Prime, to create an individually-designed performance-enhancement program, courtesy of Gorsline Company.
 
"Each of these drivers is an outstanding competitor who started at a very young age. They've already shown how far their talents can take them in this sport," said John Gorsline, principal of Gorsline Company. "We at Gorsline Company are excited to recognize the achievements of them all. They are true rising stars."
 
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the most recent recipient of the Gorsline Scholarship, in 2012. No scholarship was awarded in 2013.
 
The candidates for the 2014 Gorsline Scholarship are:
 
Matthew Brabham - (Indianapolis and Gold Coast Australia) – Part of the Brabham family dynasty as grandson of Jack Brabham and son of Geoff Brabham. Will turn 20 on Feb. 25. Began racing karts at age 7, winning 46 races as well as the Yamaha and SE QLD rookie titles through 2007, before moving up to the Jr National Light class. In 2008 he won both the NSW and QLD State Jr National Light titles and in 2009 the Jr Rotax Young Guns title. He then switched to Formula Ford, finishing second once and third once in the Victorian State series and was selected to join the CAMS Rising Star program for 2010. Competed in the Victorian Formula Ford State Series in 2011 and in the Australian National Championship, winning eight State races and two National races. The following two years saw him become the 2012 USF2000 Series Champion and Rookie of the Year, with four wins, three track records and six poles, and the 2013 Pro Mazda Series Champion and Rookie of the Year, with 13 wins and 10 poles. Was awarded BRDC Rising Star membership and was nominated for a Team USA scholarship. Will race for Andretti Autosport in Indy Lights in 2014.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cinsay Ramps Up Live Streaming Race Network AndrettiTV.com and Branded Apparel Merchandise Site ShopAndretti.com

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

2.27.14 – CINSAY, the leader in social video e-commerce technology and Andretti Autosport, the championship race team, has announced an exclusive deal to create what is already being described as the racing fan’s ultimate dream come true. The new venture launched in beta a little over a month ago is becoming a large-scale global racing network of live, archived and exciting video footage with exclusive apparel and limited edition items available worldwide on AndrettiTV.com and ShopAndretti.com. Fans will have access to free, live-streaming video of the race facilities, special upcoming online pay-per-view events offering unique behind the scenes content and limited-edition merchandise.. 
 
Exclusive Video and Limited Edition Race Merchandise
 
Fans around the world will have access to the online race network via AndrettiTV.com  which will include views of the Andretti facilities and operations on a multi-patented video commerce platform. In addition, there  will be featuring broadcast-quality HD videos, 24/7 live video feeds, eCommerce and collectible, branded on-demand apparel and merchandise via Cinsay’s personalized merchandise division, Cinsay On Demand. 
 
Now with the ability to peek behind the curtain, fans will, for the first time, receive a behind-the-scenes video experience from the garage area at race events and from Andretti Autosport’s very own racing headquarters. The site will feature all INDYCAR race schedules and will stream 24-hours and 7-days each week via the online racing portal with featured video embedded on the AndrettiTV.com and ShopAndretti.com websites. Making the racing experience even more personal, fans can engage various race personnel during normal hours via their upcoming personalized profile pages.
 
Race fans around the world will also be able to share their favorite AndrettiTV video with friends via social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn via Cinsay’s Video Smart Store™ Technology (VSS) globally. Not only is the video syndicatable via social media and email, but is also embeddable into sites like Facebook and WordPress. The related merchandise offered within the video has full ecommerce capabilities and can be shared all over the world, with anyone, anytime and anywhere. AndrettiTV visitors will even be able to watch on mobile devices from their homes or the grandstands for up-close views, and will be able to purchase merchandise right from their smartphones for a Watch, Shop, and Share™ experience.
 
Cinsay On Demand services will provide branded and unique merchandise, manufactured in the USA along with global fulfillment services for merchandise sales under the licensed Andretti Autosport brand.
 
Cinsay’s video production group will assist in producing media content for Andretti Autosport pay-per-views and race fan subscriptions to live views, archived materials and searchable video.   
 
“The ability to incorporate media, eCommerce, and advanced analytics all under one technology solution is huge for us,” said Starke Taylor, Partner with Andretti Sports Marketing. “The ability to create new content and merchandise takes Andretti to a whole new level in racing and fan engagement via CINSAY’s social commerce platform,” Taylor added. 
 
A World-class Racing Dynasty 
 
Voted, “Driver of the Century”, Mario Andretti holds the top spot in motorsports. Spanning four decades and driving virtually every type of race car, he has won over 100 races in major championship categories. His son, Michael Andretti has won over 40 Indy car races and grandson, Marco Andretti is now the most followed IndyCar driver in the USA, Canada and Brazil. 
 
81.5% of American males are familiar with the Andretti name. Mario Andretti is #1 on the N-Score list of top athletes in motorsports and #24 on the N-Score list of top all-time athletes across all sports.  Michael Andretti is #21 on the N-Score list of top athletes in motorsports. Millions of race fans worldwide passionately follow the three generations of Andretti. 
 
“We are thrilled to be joining forces with the Cinsay team. The excellence in teamwork and technology they bring to Andretti Autosport will propel us into the forefront of worldwide fan engagement from the pits to the paddock, to inside our race facility located in Indianapolis, in a way the fans have not seen before,” said Michael Andretti. “We looked at many options using video players and ecommerce, but the choice was clear as only Cinsay had the complete package of social video ecommerce technology that has been delivering results for others. Their deep analytics ensures that both the fans and our advertisers are provided the best possible online experience,” Andretti added.
 
“This three-generation racing family stands out front in racing history. In terms of winnings, branding, promotion and longevity, the Andretti Autosport team makes a perfect fit for Cinsay’s technology,” said Christian Briggs, CEO and Founder of Cinsay.  “Andretti is known for winning, using innovation and deploying technology in pursuit of victory – and those attributes are synonymous with the Cinsay brand,” he added.
 
“Joining the Andretti team and having Cinsay as a sponsor and technology partner is very thrilling,” said, Carlos Munoz, driver for Andretti’s #34 Honda Indy car.  “My fans from all over the world can now watch online, shop inside the CINSAY Video Smart Store and share everywhere. I can even check in on my guys as they prepare the car for each race live via AndrettiTV.com!” Munoz added.
 
The new AndrettiTV.com powered by Cinsay will officially launch April 2014 with Cinsay serving as the title sponsor for the #34 Indy car driven by rookie sensation Carlos Munoz. To learn more about Cinsay and Andretti Autosport, visit www.AndrettiAutosport.com.
 

Michael Andretti welcomes twins, Mia and a new Mario

Friday, February 14th, 2014

2.13.14 (via USAToday.com) – Race car team owner Michael Andretti's wife has given birth to twins.

Jodi Andretti gave birth to son Mario and daughter Miati "Mia" in Indianapolis on Thursday morning. The twins are the first children for the couple.

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Global Rallycross Signs Multi-Year Deal with NBC

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

2.13.14 (via Global Rallycross) - Global Rallycross is pleased to announce the launch of a multi-year partnership with NBC Sports Group, beginning with the 2014 season. In 2014, nine Global Rallycross events will be broadcast on NBC, with rebroadcasts taking place on the NBCSN.
 
“This is a great step forward for Red Bull Global Rallycross,” says series CEO, Colin Dyne. “Partnering with NBC will allow us to bring our events to millions of our existing fans, and welcome new fans as well. We look forward to delivering unparalleled, high-octane race action.”
 
The 2014 Global Rallycross broadcast schedule is as follows:

  • Top Gear Festival Barbados: Saturday, May 24 (tape delay), 1-2PM ET, NBC
  • X Games Austin: Saturday, June 7 (live), ESPN
  • Washington, DC: Sunday, June 22 (live), 2-3PM ET, NBC
  • New York, NY: Sunday, July 20 (live), 2-3PM ET, NBC
  • Charlotte, NC: Saturday, July 26 (live), 2:00-3:00PM ET, NBC
  • Detroit, MI: Sunday, August 3 (live), 2-3:30PM ET, NBC
  • Daytona, FL: Saturday, August 23 (live), 3:30-4:30PM ET, NBC
  • Los Angeles, CA: Saturday, September 20 (live), 5-6PM ET, NBC
  • Seattle, WA: Sunday, September 28 (tape delay), 2:30-3:30PM ET, NBC
  • Las Vegas, NV: Sunday, November 16 (tape delay), 2-3PM ET, NBC 

Global Rallycross is also grateful for its founding relationship with ESPN. The series looks forward to participating in this year’s X Games Austin, which will be broadcast on ESPN.
 

 

What’s in a number? Brabham has the answer

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

2.12.14 (via IndyCar) – Eighty-three.

It’s the number that will adorn Matthew Brabham’s white and turquoise United Fiber & Data/MAZDASPEED car in his inaugural season in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. However, 83 is not just a number. It’s family.

“The first time I raced go-karts I was in the 83,” said Brabham, the American-born, Australian-reared driver. “It was my dad’s number when he was racing in the IMSA GTP days. It’s kind of a weird thing with my family, between just my mom, myself and my dad.”

If one of the trio races on four wheels, they use 83. If it’s racing on two wheels or less, as Matthew does with when he competes in BMX, it’s flipped to 38.

Brabham, 19, signed with Andretti Autosport in October, and is one of three members of the Brabham gene pool currently competing in some form of racing. Nicknamed “Matty Brabs,” he has raced since age 7 in the Australian Midget go-karting class. While his family has deep racing roots with his Hall of Fame father Geoff Brabham and grandfather Sir Jack Brabham, a three-time Formula One champion, it was from the maternal side of his family that he first remembers experiencing competition.

“I don’t even know how old I was. But standing on the side of the beach at Lake Havasu for the (International Jet Sports Boating Association) World Finals and watching my mom race jet skis was fun,” Brabham said.

Brabham has since conquered every racing challenge. In 2012, after moving to Florida, he won the USF2000 championship with four wins and seven more podium finishes. He followed that in Pro Mazda with a record 13 wins, including a record seven victories in a row.

“My dad and my family have been in racing for so long and they’re very good and very supportive of how to go about things,” said Brabham, who turns 20 on Feb. 25. “Having a family like that, they try to keep you as humble as possible.”

 

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Zach Veach demonstrating character, victory both on and off the race track

Monday, February 10th, 2014

2.10.14 (via Race Chaser Online) -  If you want an example of how to make a difference in the world both on and off the race track, look no further than Andretti Autosport driver Zach Veach.

In just four years, Veach has gone from go-karts to the cockpit of an open-wheel Indy Lights machine, handpicked by Michael Andretti for a coveted spot on one of the most successful American open-wheel teams, Andretti Autosport, beginning in 2010.

The talented 19-year-old from Stockdale, Ohio, has proven in a short period of time that he is one of the top young prospects in open wheel racing today, working his way through the U.S. F2000 championship and Star (now Pro) Mazda Series on the Mazda Road to Indy. Veach has recorded top ten points finishes in three of the four years he has competed on the Road to Indy, finishing fifth and fourth in U.S. F2000 in 2010 and 2011 and tenth in Star Mazda in 2012 before making the leap to Indy Lights competition in 2013. Veach also scored the U.S. F2000 Winterfest championship in 2011.

“We’ve really just moved right up the ladder, and it’s been a lot of fun,” Veach said in a recent interview with Race Chaser Online. “Working with Andretti Autosport the last several years, I’ve really found a place where just being a part of the team is as fun as what I actually get to do on the race track.”

Veach came into Indy Lights with high aspirations in 2013, his fourth season with the Andretti operation, but mechanical failures in the first three races derailed the team’s title hopes. Veach rebounded in the second half of the season to score a total of six top five and twelve top ten finishes, including a pole effort at the season finale in Fontana and a season best third-place finish at the Milwaukee Mile.

 

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Andretti Autosport announces Global Rallycross lineup with VW

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

2.6.14 – Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Andretti Sports Marketing today announced the details of its 2014 rallycross program at the Chicago Auto Show. Volkswagen will partner with Andretti Autosport to form the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, running two cars in the series for drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.

The team will initially compete this season with modified Polo rally cars, built on the chassis that won the 2013 World Rally Championship for drivers and manufacturers, and will switch during the season to the fearsome GRC Beetle. This all-wheel-drive rallycross car is the ultimate expression of the third-generation Beetle and will feature more than 600 horsepower from its turbocharged and direct-injection EA888 TSI® engine.

Rallycross is the fastest growing form of motorsports in the U.S., attracting big crowds at venues across the country as well as live TV coverage. Cars are pitted against each other and the clock in a series of heats on a closed course that's usually a mixture of dirt and pavement, with a 70-foot jump. The action is fast, it's intense, and is hugely appealing to a crossover audience of auto and live action sports fans.

"Red Bull Global Rallycross is the perfect form of motor sports for a youthful, exuberant, and growing brand in the U.S. market," said Michael Horn, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "We're excited to partner with Andretti Autosport, one of the great names in American motor sports, and delighted that we will be running the iconic Beetle in the series."

Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosport, added: "I'm thrilled to be entering the series, and especially happy about teaming with Volkswagen. We are excited about our driver lineup of Tanner [Foust] and Scott [Speed]; I believe we have the best drivers in the series and will be a top contender."

Tanner Foust, GRC champion in 2011 and 2012 and runner-up in 2013, will drive the Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle. Foust is also widely recognized for hosting the U.S. version of Top Gear, for his rally driving skills, and for his stunt driving-he holds records for distance jumping and looping the loop in a car.

Scott Speed will be racing the 7UP entry for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team. As well as being a standout in the 2013 GRC Series, winning two races in and finishing fifth overall, Speed has competed at the very pinnacle of motorsports, driving Formula 1 for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2006 and 2007. He also competed in NASCAR between 2008 and 2013.

The Global Rallycross series opens in May. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team will attend with a pair of Polo cars driven by Foust and Speed. The definitive GRC Beetle will appear at the X Games in June in Austin, TX.

 

Open wheel lineage equals proven success for Matthew Brabham

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

2.5.14 (via Race Chaser Online) – If you’re from the Brabham family, chances are you’ll end up behind the wheel of a race car at some point, and you’ll be good at it.

And third-generation driver Matthew Brabham has proven over the past couple of years that good just doesn’t isn’t quite good enough for him.

Brabham has established a fast legacy of greatness, sparked by the driving careers of both his father, Geoff, a four-time IMSA sports car champion, uncle David, a two-time American Le Mans Series (ALMS) champion and former winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and grandfather, the legendary Sir Jack Brabham, a three-time Formula One World Champion.

“I suppose you could say racing’s in my blood,” Brabham joked during a recent interview with Race Chaser Online. “But I love the rush of what I do. There’s nothing like it.”

Brabham began his racing career in his family’s native Australia in 2001, racing in the Australian Midget class. Over a decade racing in Australia, the young prodigy captured three national karting titles and multiple state and rookie honors before switching to Formula racing in 2010. Brabham competed in the Australian Formula Ford class for 2010 and 2011 before signing on with Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing in 2012 to race in the U.S. for the first time.

And that transition befit the young star just as it had his father and uncle. Brabham exploded onto the American racing scene in 2012 in the U.S. F2000 championship, grabbing four wins and eleven podium results to wrest the title from his teammate Spencer Pigot by seven points in the final standings. That result began Brabham’s march up the Mazda Road to Indy and placed him with Andretti Autosport for the 2013 season.

“After I won the U.S. F2000 title in 2012, the opportunity with Michael (Andretti) came along and, how do you say no to that? One of the biggest names in open wheel racing. It was a huge moment for me.”

 

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Global Rallycross announces 2014 schedule

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

2.5.14 (via Global Rallycross) – Global Rallycross enters the 2014 season, its fourth full year of competition, set for an incredible breakout year.

 

 

 

May 17-18
Barbados

June 7
Austin, TX

June 21-22
Washington, DC

July 19-20
New York, NY

July 25-26
Charlotte, NC

August 2-3
Detroit, MI

August 22-23
Daytona, FL

September 19-20
Los Angeles, CA

September 26-27
Seattle, WA

November 5
Las Vegas, NV

 

 

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Hunter-Reay named to All-America Second team; Munoz earns Rising Star award

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
1.30.14 (via RACER.com) – A group of special drivers representing multiple forms of professional motorsports is elected each year by AARWBA (American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association). The association's members vote on drivers within their participating categories of racing and the top two from each discipline are elected to the first team.
 
Andretti Autosport Firestone Indy Lights pilot Carlos Munoz was voted the Rising Star award after a second place finish in the Indianapolis 500.
 
One other tradition that AARWBA has followed, is to elect a Second Team to be honored with drivers finishing in the third and fourth positions within each voting category.
 
The 2013 All America Second Team:
Open Wheel: Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power
Road Racing: Klaus Graf/ Lucas Luhr and Doug Peterson
Short Track: Daryn Pittman and Christopher Bell
Stock Car: Kevin Harvick and Sam Hornish, Jr.
Drag Racing: Antron Brown and Jeg Coughlin, Jr.
Touring Series: Matt Crafton and Alessandro Balzan
At Large: Frank Manzo and Jim Whitely
 
The country's top forms of professional motorsports are represented in this championship group voted on by AARWBA as the 2013 All-America Team.
 
Founded in 1955 AARWBA is a motorsports organization comprised of writers, broadcasters, photographers, and other media-related professionals. The organization's charter is aimed at providing not only proper recognition for members of the motorsports media, but to recognize their work as well as the work of the competitors that they follow in print, on the air, and on film.