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Andretti Autosport confirms Abt, Kellett for upcoming evaluation tests

September 30th, 2014

9.30.2014 – The four-time IndyCar Series and one-time Pro Mazda championship winning team will take part in two tests in the coming weeks to evaluate Formula E racer Daniel Abt (right) and Mazda Road to Indy driver Dalton Kellett (left).

Abt, a former Formula 3 teammate of 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Carlos Munoz, will test one of the team’s Indy cars on October 27 at Barber Motorsports Park. The 21-year-old German has been on the team’s radar since competing against him in its FIA Formula E efforts across the pond and would like to see what the GP2 Series veteran can do in an Indy car.

“I’m super excited to be testing an Indy car for the first time,” said Daniel. “I want to thank Andretti Autosport for giving me the chance to get my first outing in a race car in the USA. There will be a lot of things for me to learn, but I’m sure I can adapt quickly and master the challenge with all the experience I have gained in single-seater racing over the last couple of years. IndyCar is something I could definitely see myself racing in, so it’s good to get a feeling for everything and to show what I can do.”

The team’s Pro Mazda crew will see Canadian Kellett get behind the wheel at Putnam Park next Monday, October 6. The 21-year-old participated in his rookie year of Pro Mazda for the 2014 season and came away 10th in the championship with one podium, two top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

The Indianapolis-based team remains busy during the INDYCAR offseason with its efforts in Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross with race winners Tanner Foust and Scott Speed racing in the November 5 season finale at SEMA. Additionally, the Andretti Formula-E Team, with drivers Franck Montagny and Charles Pic, alongside reserve driver Matthew Brabham, will head to Malaysia in late November for the second round of FIA Formula E competition. To stay up to date with the team, please follow along via Twitter (@FollowAndretti, @AndrettiFE), Instagram (andrettiautosport, andretti_fe) and Facebook (Andretti Autosport).

 

 

Hunter-Reay headed for Race of Champions in Barbados

September 25th, 2014

9.25.14 (via INDYCAR.com) – Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will represent the Verizon IndyCar Series in the annual Race of Champions, slated to take place at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on December 13-14. 
 
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be returning to the Race of Champions for the second time," said Hunter-Reay, who previously raced in the Race of Champions when it was held in Thailand following his 2012 series championship. "My first ROC in Bangkok was an amazing experience, going head-to-head with some of the best drivers from every different motor sport discipline from around the world."
 
Hunter-Reay is the most successful American driver currently racing in open-wheel competition and one of the most versatile drivers in the sport. He has 14 career Indy car victories in addition to race wins in the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am. Hunter-Reay captured three victories during the 2014 season (Barber, Indianapolis and Iowa) and finished sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings driving the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport. 
 
"Experience really helps with the short amount of seat time in each of the different types of ROC race car," Hunter-Reay said. "When it's time to head to Barbados for the race weekend, I'll be focused on winning. It's an honor to represent America, INDYCAR and the Indy 500 in such a prestigious event."
 
The ROC features drivers from all different types of motorsports disciplines in a head-to-head knockout competition in a variety of equally-matched vehicles. Hunter-Reay is the third driver confirmed for ROC along with Formula One driver Romain Grojean, the winner of the event when it was last held in 2012, and sports car legend Tom Kristensen.
 
"It's great news that Ryan is coming back to the Race of Champions," ROC organizer Fredrik Johnsson said. "This year's Indianapolis 500 was a true classic and Ryan did brilliantly to hold off his rivals by such a tiny margin after that thrilling dice to the checkered flag. We can now look forward to seeing Ryan take on greats from all over the world of motorsport in December. He's right at the top of his game and now that he's already had a taste of the ROC machinery he's sure to be a big threat to all the other drivers."
 
 

Don’t Miss Out: Appearances for RBGRC: Seattle

September 25th, 2014

9.24.14 – Come out to the Red Bull Global Rallycross: Seattle event at DirtFish Rally School this weekend! Below you can find information on when and where you can meet Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 25

Scott Speed & Tanner Foust
Autograph Session
Chaplins Volkswagen
15000 SE Eastgate Way
Bellevue, WA 98007
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PT

 

Friday, Sept. 26

Scott Speed & Tanner Foust
Autograph Session
Red Bul Global Rallycross LA: DirtFish Rally School
7001 396th Dr. SE
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. PT

 

Scott Speed scores third win of 2014 in Los Angeles Race 1

September 21st, 2014

9.21.14 (via NBC Sports) - A victory for Scott Speed, another podium for Ken Block, and a major setback for Nelson Piquet Jr.has tightened up the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship after the first of two races this weekend at the Port of Los Angeles.

Speed grabbed the holeshot in today’s final and went on to lead Joni Wiman and Block across the stripe, earning his third win of the season and his first since the X Games in Austin.

But Piquet did not make the final after being knocked out of his semifinal heat early with wall contact and then failing to make it out of the Last Chance Qualifier.

As a result, Block has pulled into a tie with Piquet for the championship lead at 248 points and Speed is just two points behind them. Wiman is also in the hunt at just 10 points back.

Put it all together, and tomorrow’s event in L.A. – which you can watch at 5 p.m. ET on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra – is shaping up to be the most dramatic of the 2014 GRC season so far.

“We’re back to our ways,” Speed told NBCSN after his win. “We’ve had a great weekend with no problems so far, and that’s the result. We’ve still got the speed. These guys are getting closer though, it wasn’t easy. But I couldn’t be happier with our team.”

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Volkswagen Beetle to make debut at Los Angeles rounds of Global Rallycross series

September 18th, 2014

9.18.14 – Herndon, VA — The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team will be racing at the Port of Los Angeles this weekend in an action-packed double header—and will debut the exciting Global Rallycross Beetle that will spearhead the team’s efforts in their 2015 Championship chase. The two-race event will be a new challenge for the team, the only double header weekend in the 2014 season.

 
Scott Speed, driver of the No. 77 7UP Volkswagen, is looking to take advantage of twice the number of championship points being on offer. After six rounds, he is third in points behind Nelson Piquet Jr. and Ken Block.
 
"The No. 77 7UP Volkswagen has had a lot of bad luck lately and we are due some good fortune—hopefully it turns up this weekend on the West Coast,” said Speed. “We will have to work extremely hard in L.A. and make sure we get off on the right foot on Friday”
 
Tanner Foust is in a close battle with Sverre Isachsen and Bucky Lasek for seventh position in the driver championship. The driver of the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen is pushing for podium finishes in the last four races of the season and is delighted to be given responsibility for debuting the team’s new car.
 
"It's been a roller coaster season so far, but I am still very happy with the results, especially the win in New York, considering this is a new team and a new car,” said Foust. “Continuing the learning process, I will be piloting an even newer car with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross in Los Angeles. I am very excited to compete with the new Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle at the Port of LA.”
Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles will take place at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA, from September 19-21. NBC will air both races live on Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Follow @VW and @FollowAndretti on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
 
For tickets and further event information, visit: http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/
 
 
 

Don’t Miss Out: Appearances for RBGRC: Port of LA

September 17th, 2014

9.17.14 – Come out to the Red Bull Global Rallycross: Port of LA event in Los Angeles this weekend! Below you can find information on where and when you can meet Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed during their stay in SoCal.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, September 18
 

Scott Speed & Tanner Foust
Autograph Session
Pacific Volkswagen – 14900 Hindry Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
 
Saturday, September 20
 
Scott Speed & Tanner Foust
Autograph Session
RBGRC: Port of LA – 425 S. Palos Verdes St, San Pedro, CA 90731
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
 

 

Brabham calls debut of Formula E series a ‘great success’

September 16th, 2014

9.16.14 (via Motorsport.com) – Matthew Brabham, reserve driver for the Andretti Autosport Formula-E team for the first round of the FIA’s all electric Series held in China, is enthused about the forward progress of the Championship.

Following a successful test session in the electric-powered Dallara chassis last month in England, the 20-year-old was drafted into the squad to assist drivers, Franck Montagny (in photo above) and Charles Pic at the circuit which circulated the Beijing Olympic precinct.

It was a tremendous success for the Andretti Formula E team and its two French drivers. Montagny finished second and Pic came home fourth in the dramatic event, that saw the two leaders – Nico Prost and Nick Heidfeld collide on the final corner, Heidfeld rolling into the barriers.

Brabham’s key area was to work with the team and drivers on the strategy to maximise the battery power on the electric cars.

He walked away from China believing that Formula E has a fantastic future and with a majority of the field featuring international drivers with modern Formula 1, IndyCar and sportscar experience it bodes well.

“The whole setup is extremely professional, it is very much to the spec of Formula 1 in terms of the paddock layout, the pit area and how the event runs,” said Brabham upon returning to his US base.

“I was a little concerned about the racing product being diminished by the power saving and the different strategies that teams would employ, however the race was entertaining, there was a lot of passing and you couldn’t ask for anything more – coming down to a last lap, last corner pass for the win.”

The Prost/Heidfeld crash was the major talking point after the race.

“It was a huge crash, massive. I think that once everyone realised that Nick was OK from the crash they were quite relieved and were impressed at the strength of the vehicles to withstand something that big.

"In any form of racing, you can't ask for much more than to have the lead come down to the last corner on the final lap and with it being so dramatic, it should generate huge pickup around the world."

Brabham believes the Andretti Formula-E team was one of the best prepared heading to China and were able to take advantage of that preparation.

“The engineers and team members at Andretti Autosport were really on it right from the very beginning when I first went to the test in England,” he explained. “A lot of the other teams were working to get their heads around the systems and the cars, but the Andretti guys knew what to do from the start.

 

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Andretti Autosport happy to be on top

September 14th, 2014

9.14.14 (via ElectricAutosport.com) – Andretti Autosport Formula-E Team leaves Beijing in high spirits and top of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship following a successful first ePrix in China, with a second-place podium finish for Franck Montagny and a fourth place from fellow countryman Charles Pic.

The one-day event, comprising of two practice sessions, split qualifying and a 25 lap race around the city street circuit made for an exhilarating spectacle in the world’s first all-electric racing series.

Michael Andretti, Team Owner at the American-based squad praised the series on its exciting debut: “Congratulations to Alejandro [Agag] on an event that was an overwhelming success. I’m very proud to be able to be a part of this exciting new series and to help shape the future of motorsport. Franck [Montagny] and Charles [Pic] did a great job and I’m happy to come away from the event leading the team championship.”

Things did not all go quite to plan however. After initially qualifying fifth, Montagny was handed a three place grid penalty for repeatedly crossing the white line on pit exit, demoting him to start the race from eighth place on the grid. This only spurred the 36 year old on to produce a fine start that saw both Andretti’s alongside one another as they narrowly avoided contact, before Montagny executed a brave move around Pic to claim position. From here he never looked back setting the early pace with another overtake, this time on Karun Chandhok for fifth.

A quick car change allowed him to jump Daniel Abt In the pits, before being gifted a place on the podium when Nico Prost and Nick Heidfeld came to blows on the last lap. Montagny was left delighted with the team’s showing and 18 points in the drivers’ championship:

“I would like to say thank you to the organisers of the Formula E series, because it really was a fantastic day. I have driven many different cars in many different series and I have to say that this is one of my best times in a car! The team has done a fantastic job, at testing and here in Beijing. Andretti Formula-E is an American team, based in Donington, UK, so it is not easy to start a team in a different country and everyone did very well. My teammate and I work well together and I had really, really good fun.”

 

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Exclusive guide to Formula E: Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Moyer analyzes series ahead of inaugural race

September 12th, 2014

9.12.14 (via Autoweek.com) – Formula E’s much-anticipated season begins Saturday in Beijing — you can watch it live on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 3:30 a.m. ET exclusively on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports Go, with a replay airing Sunday, Sept. 14  at 1 p.m. ET — and there is much to discuss and dissect. There will be 10 teams with two cars each on the grid, with Andretti Autosport considered the early favorite given its experience with street racing, especially in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
 
Andretti Autosport general manager Kyle Moyer sat down with us this week to discuss some of the new, all-electric race-car series’ key points.
 
Autoweek: There are so many unknowns about Formula E, but it appears it will hit the ground running this week in China. What’s your take on it?
 
Kyle Moyer: I give it to Formula E because every target has been made. They said the first car would be delivered here, the second car here, the first test here, the first race simulations here, when we’ll load up here, everything. From all the series we’ve been in, including A1GP, this is professional. The sky’s the limit.
 
AW: Give us a sense of the budget that’s required.
 
KM: You’re not restricted, but there’s X amount you can spend because the car’s spec and you can’t [modify] much. You’re limited to 13 guys working on the car, but I’ve been against that because you have to pay them a lot of money because they have to be really good; they have to do multiple jobs to cover a lot of bases.
 
The car budget is basically maintenance, running [the car] and travel. Where does the budget go next year? Motors will be open [for development]. In the third year, batteries are open for development. If you get manufacturers in here — Honda, Nissan, Volkswagen — that’s where the money will be, and that’s where the money should be.
 
AW: So what are we talking for a car?
 
KW: About $350,000 fully kitted. An IndyCar is about $550,000.
 
AW: Even though Formula One cars feature lots of hybrid technology and energy-recovery systems, Formula E actually looks like it will more resemble IndyCar than Formula One. Is that a fair assessment?
 
KM: They’ve taken a page out of IndyCar and not Formula One. In a lot of the meetings, it’s “IndyCar has done this, IndyCar has done that, let’s do that.” There’s not a lot of talk about how it’s done in Formula One, and that’s a good thing. Have a spec car, but open up the things that actually get paid for. There are cost constraints. This is not going to be F1; they don’t want it to be F1. They just want it to have the appearance of F1. They want the teams and the series to look professional, and I think it will.
 
 
 
 
 

MRTI in action this weekend for Chris Griffis Memorial test

September 10th, 2014

9.10.14 – The fourth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy test will take place on the revamped 14-turn, 2.434-mile road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:35 p.m. both days with USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights on track. Andretti Autosport will see Team USA Scholarship winner Neil Alberico in its No. 27 Pro Mazda car for an evaluation.

The 21-year-old from Northern California has contended in the Mazda Road to Indy for the past two years claiming a Winterfest title, second place in the USF2000 Championship, as well as a third-place finish in points for his rookie year in Pro Mazda. 

“I’ve spent most of my career trying to beat the Andretti Autosport guys, so it is great to get the chance to work with them this weekend,” said Alberico, who scored two podium finishes at the Indianapolis track earlier this year. “They have a great reputation and it is clear that everyone on the team has the same desire to succeed that I do, so I’m looking forward to having a productive couple of days at The Speedway.” 

Fans will be able to watch Alberico, who captured two podium finishes during the inaugural Grand Prix of Indy weekend, and the rest of the next generation of IndyCar stars from the Turn 2 Viewing Mounds and the South Terrace grandstands and can follow along with our team on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.



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