11.16.2012 – When IZOD IndyCar Series driver Marco Andretti arrives in St. Petersburg, Fla. this coming March, he will return to the streets where, in 2005, he won his first Firestone Indy Lights race. Now an IZOD IndyCar Series veteran, Andretti will enter the 2013 season with a familiar team behind him and the same dedication to winning he has always carried; however, he will be carrying something new with him. The number 25.
After seven seasons of running No. 26, a number which took the late Dan Wheldon to an Indianapolis 500 victory, Andretti is stepping down a digit to feature 25 on the 2013 RC Cola livery of his DW12.
“The No. 26 will always be a part of me and my history in racing,” said Andretti, “but I think it’s grown unlucky for me – I keep hearing that from people too! I like the meaning of 25 versus 26. To me 26 is a character-builder through heartache and trials; looking ahead to the No. 25 means success and leadership. It’s like my chance to be reborn as a veteran driver.”
Andretti will unveil the No. 25 Chevy on Dec. 5 at a closed media event (media advisory to follow) at the team’s Indianapolis race shop. The 2013 liveries of teammates James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay will also be unveiled at this time. A select number of fans will have the opportunity to attend the event and should like the Andretti Autosport Facebook page for upcoming information on how to register.