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Carlos Munoz credits teammates, mental approach to success

Friday, July 18th, 2014

7.18.14 (via – Given his quick success in the Verizon IndyCar Series, it is somewhat hard to believe that Carlos Munoz is still a rookie. The Andretti Autosport youth burst onto the scene with a runner-up finish in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 and has followed it up with three podiums and is sixth in the championship standings in just his first full-time season.

Munoz says his mental approach to racing and helpful teammates at Andretti are the reasons behind his seemingly flawless transition from Indy Lights to the IndyCar Series. He places no expectations on himself and acknowledges mistakes as simply part of the learning process.

“I just want to go race-by-race and do my best,” Munoz told Open Wheel Now over the weekend at Iowa. “I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot this season. Sure I’ve made a few mistakes like at Houston or whatever or Barber. But it’s a learning process and it’s a part of the job to make mistakes and learn from them.

“Overall, I feel like I’ve made good decisions and we’re doing well in the points and I have three podiums already. So I think I just have to push harder and keep learning to get to Victory Lane.”

Munoz says he rarely gets frustrated over something that happens on the track because in doing so, he would prevent himself from learning and therefore be at risk of repeating his initial offense. He specifically cited the second race at Houston, where he slammed into the wall one day after scoring a podium in the first race.

The 22-year-old said that he was mad at himself in the moment but Munoz explained that his methodical approach took over almost immediately afterwards.

“The second race pissed me off because I was doing so well and I was going so fast and I hit the wall,” Munoz said. “But after the race you have to move past it because you have to realize that all the guys here have so much more experience that you have. You can’t expect to beat them every time when you first get here. That’s really the biggest thing.”

Munoz attributes that mentality to his teammates and car owner at Andretti Autosport.

Team owner Michael Andretti has 42 Indy car wins and is the 1991 CART champion. Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay is the defending Indianapolis 500 winner and 2012 IndyCar Series champion. Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe also bring victories and perspective to the table, all shortening the Colombian’s learning curve tremendously.


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Don’t Miss Out: Driver Appearances for Honda Indy Toronto

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

7.17.14 - Don't miss out on your opportunity to visit with our IndyCar drivers! Check out the list of appearances for our weekend in Toronto! 



Sunday, July 20

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

Verizon IndyCar Series Autograph Session

Team Transporters 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


James Hinchcliffe

Hinchtown After Party

Tickets: $10 at Williams Landing

120 Lynn Williams Street, Liberty Village, Toronto

10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.


Ryan Hunter-Reay wins second consecutive ESPY

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

7.17.14 (via - Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ryan Hunter-Reay now has a matching set of ESPY Awards.

Hunter-Reay, who won the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in a thrilling dash to the finish over Helio Castroneves, received the ESPY Award as Best Driver for the second consecutive year July 16 during the awards show telecast on ESPN from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. He became the first Indy car driver to repeat as the award’s winner.

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Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, NHRA champion John Force, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. also were nominees in the category that was determined by online voting.

“It’s a tremendous honor to win the ESPY,” said Hunter-Reay, who won in his second nomination. “The Indianapolis 500 is a tremendous race and this year was such a hard-fought and intense battle at the end. I think the fans really showed their support for the show they got from the Verizon IndyCar Series in May.”



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Don’t Miss Out: Driver Appearances for Volkswagen Rallycross NY

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

7.16.14Don't miss out on your opportunity to visit with our drivers from the Global Rallycross Series! Check out the list of appearances for our weekend at the Volkswagen Rallycross NY event! 



Thursday,  July 17

Scott Speed & Tanner Foust

Global Rallycross Filming – Columbus Circle

1849 Broadway

New York, NY 10023 

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET


Scott Speed & Tanner Foust

Jalopnik Twitter Chat

Make sure to send your questions to @ScottSpeed & @TannerFoust!

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET


Friday,  July 18

Scott Speed & Tanner Foust

Volkswagen Dealership Appearance – Platinum Volkswagen

340 W. Old Country Rd.

Hicksville, NY 11801

3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET


Saturday,  July 19

Scott Speed & Tanner Foust

Global Rallycross Autograph Session

Starting Grid – Volkswagen Rallycross NY track

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET


Ryan Hunter-Reay wins in wild dash to finish at Iowa

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

7.13.14 (via MotorSportsTalk) – A late gamble gave Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport yet another jackpot at Iowa Speedway.

The reigning Indianapolis 500 winner took fresh tires under the last caution of tonight’s Iowa Corn Indy 300, and he was able to get everything he could out of them after the final restart with nine laps to go.

Picking off positions one-by-one, Hunter-Reay finally surged past Tony Kanaan for the lead with two laps left and went on to earn his third Verizon IndyCar Series win of the year – and the fifth consecutive IndyCar triumph at Iowa for the Andretti team.

“We took the tires as a big gamble,” Hunter-Reay told NBCSN in Victory Lane. “Our tires were shot before that, so we took ‘em – and, credit to [engineer] Ray Gosselin and [team owner] Michael Andretti for making that call because I didn’t think we’d have enough time.

“…That was really great. Man, that was fun. That was like a video game at the end, it was just shredding through it. The DHL Honda was just on fire at the end.”

The win also boosts Hunter-Reay’s championship hopes with six races remaining in the season. He now moves to third in the standings at 32 points behind new leader Helio Castroneves, who finished eighth to take a nine-point lead over Will Power heading into next weekend’s doubleheader at Toronto.


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Andretti Autosport’s domination at Iowa to continue?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

7.9.14 – Andretti Autosport has been known to dominate on a particular Midwest oval on the Verizon IndyCar Series circuit. You’re thinking Indianapolis Motor Speedway, right? The reigning Indy 500 champions have had wonderful memories on the 2.5-mile oval, but no one dominates IMS. No, we’re talking about the 0.875-mile oval in the little town of Newton, Iowa – Iowa Speedway.

The four-time IndyCar Series champs are FIVE-time Iowa Speedway winners. That’s just out of the last seven years the Verizon IndyCar Series has competed there, Andretti Autosport (formerly Andretti Green Racing) has dominated.

During his final year with Andretti in which he won the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar Series championship, Dario Franchitti captured the inaugural Iowa race win in 2007. The following two years saw a not-to-be-named red and white rival to have captured the beloved Iowa Corn trophy. However, since 2010, Andretti Autosport has won every IndyCar Series event at the Newton, IA facility.

In 2010, Tony Kanaan’s final year with the team, the Brazilian made Iowa his only win of the season leading 51 of the 250 laps. Third-generation racer Marco Andretti brought home his second career win at the superspeedway in 2011. 2014 Indianapolis 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay’s victory there in 2012 was part of three consecutive wins during his championship-winning year. To top off the five years of victory, Canadian James Hinchcliffe captured his third career win, and only oval win, last year in 2013.

This year will see a change to the Iowa Corn sponsored race; the usual 250-lap event is being bumped up to 300 for 2014 – a total of 262.5 miles as opposed to the previous 218.75 miles. With three previous winners on the squad and three-time podium visitor (this season!) and rookie Carlos Munoz, the event is Andretti Autosport’s for the taking. With the Colombian, there could be a seventh new winner at the speedway. For Hunter-Reay, Andretti or Hinchcliffe, each is eligible to tie for the driver with the most wins (two, Dario Franchitti).

Who will be victorious on July 12, 2014 under the lights? Time will tell. Just be sure to keep your eye on the four-car squad of Andretti Autosport who will be looking to make 2014 their sixth win and fifth consecutive victory at the Newton, IA speedway.



Don’t Miss Out: Driver Appearances for Iowa Corn Indy 300

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

7.8.14 - Don't miss out on your opportunity to visit with our drivers from the Verizon IndyCar Series! Check out the list of appearances for our weekend at the Iowa Corn Indy 300!




Thursday, July 10


Marco Andretti
Signing at Casey's
5550 E. University Ave, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.



Friday, July 11


Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti, 
James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay
Verizon IndyCar Series Autograph Session
INDYCAR Fan Village
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.




Carlos Munoz’s Third 2014 Podium Extends Rookie Points Lead

Monday, July 7th, 2014

7.7.14 (via– While the rest of his Andretti Autosport teammates hit issues in Sunday’s Pocono INDYCAR 500 fueled by Sunoco, Carlos Munoz bagged his third podium finish of his first full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Colombian ended third after a solid all-around weekend in Pocono.

Additionally, the driver of the No. 34 Cinsay/ Honda kept up with Team Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves as the only two driver to score top-five finishes in both 500-mile races this season (Munoz was fourth at the Indianapolis 500).

This Sunday was actually a fairly straightforward drive for Munoz, who started and finished third on a day when he didn’t need to perform any of his usual heroics and crazy corner lines to keep in podium contention. Case in point, Munoz never led, but he never ran worse than sixth at any point in the 200-lap race.

“This track, it’s really hard to pass, to be behind the cars,” said Munoz. “I think third place is a great result for the championship, especially with the double points. I’m really happy with a podium. It was a long race, and I think that this time, I raced like a veteran. My Cinsay crew guys did such a great job, great pit stops, and I’m happy with another podium.”


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Don’t Miss Out: Driver Appearances for Pocono INDYCAR 500

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

7.2.14 - Don't miss out on your opportunity to visit with our drivers from the Indy Lights and Verizon IndyCar Series! Check out the list of appearances for our weekend at the Pocono INDYCAR 500!





Saturday, July 5


Zach Veach & Matthew Brabham
INDYCAR Fan Village
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.


Zach Veach & Matthew Brabham
Indy Lights Autograph Session
INDYCAR Fan Village
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.



Sunday, July 6


Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti,
James Hinchcliffe, Carlos Munoz
Verizon IndyCar Series Autograph Session
INDYCAR Fan Village
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.




Scott Speed and Gil de Ferran to test with Andretti Formula E

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

7.2.2014 – Andretti Formula E will see two familiar drivers in their fully-electric race cars for the upcoming FIA Formula E Championship test on July 3-4 at UK's Donington Park. Former Formula 1 and full time Andretti Rallycross driver Scott Speed and two-time IndyCar champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran will both have the opportunity to test Andretti's Spark-Renault SRT-01E on the 2.498-mile (4.020-km) circuit.
Speed, who in 2006 became the first American in Formula 1 since Michael Andretti in 1993, will complete the two-day test alongside Andretti Formula E's first confirmed driver Franck Montagny.
"I'm excited to get into a single-seater again," said Speed. "I expect it to be a very steep learning curve seeing as I haven't driven anything with downforce in seven years. The Andretti organization has been an amazing company to drive for, and I'm happy to grow my role as one of its drivers while helping out with the Formula E test."
Joining Montagny and Speed will be racing icon Gil de Ferran who will lend his expertise in completing some laps for the team, giving the Formula E Ambassador an opportunity to gain in-seat experience on the new sustainable racing championship.
"Being an Ambassador and strong supporter of Formula E, from day one I have been very curious and interested in how an electric-powered racing car would behave and handle," said the Brazilian with more than two decades of racing experience. "I am highly interested in the technical side of motorsports so this has been a great curiosity for me. Obviously I haven't driven anything feverishly for over five years, so it will be certainly a challenge but something that I am really looking forward to. I want to take the opportunity to thank Michael (Andretti) and the team for allowing me to do this run. Hopefully now I will be able to speak about Formula E and its qualities from a first-hand perspective."
Team principal Michael Andretti added, "I'm delighted to see both Scott (Speed) and Gil (de Ferran) in our cars for the upcoming test. Scott is one of our contracted drivers with great open-wheel experience, so we're happy to have him fill the seat while we evaluate options for our second full-time Formula E driver. Gil has been a longtime friend of the team and we look forward to hearing his feedback about the cars."