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Early Honda performance impresses Hunter-Reay

November 18th, 2013

11.18.13 (via IndyCar.com) – Ryan Hunter-Reay was involved in the early development of 2.2-liter, twin turbocharged V-6 engine as Chevrolet rejoined the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012.

The Andretti Autosport driver, who rode that engine to the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series championship and two victories this past season, now is involved in the offseason development of Honda Performance Development’s twin turbocharged engine.
 
Andretti Autosport announced at the season finale Oct. 19 that it would switch to Honda power for the 2014 season. Hunter-Reay joined Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in testing the engine Nov. 18 at Sebring International Raceway.
 
“I’m very impressed with the power and delivery,” Hunter-Reay said. “We’re all happy with how we started testing. The development side of it is a lot of fun. You have an opportunity to customize and personalize and have your impact on a program. What we do right now is important, to get every bit of data out of every day, is crucial to the 2014 championship.
 
“All the hard work going into it will make a big different come the season opener at St. Pete. It’s great to get back to it."
 
In July, INDYCAR announced it would require all engines used in 2014 to be powered by twin turbochargers. Honda, the series' sole engine producer from 2006-11, had been using a single turbocharger.

Carlos Munoz Joins Andretti Autosport IndyCar Effort

November 18th, 2013

11.18.13 – Four-time IndyCar Series champions Andretti Autosport confirmed today that Colombian Carlos Munoz will join the team’s IndyCar stable for 2014. The former Firestone Indy Lights standout will join Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay for the Indianapolis-based team’s four-car IndyCar squad. Sponsorship details for Munoz’s entry will be announced at a later date.
 
“I don't have the words to express right now how I feel." said Munoz. "After so many years of racing and all the sacrifices – leaving my family in Colombia and going to Europe to race, then coming here to the U.S. – but finally, I'm a professional race car driver in the maximum category in America, IndyCar. I have to thank Andretti Autosport, and especially Michael Andretti, for this opportunity. To be a part of this team, they believe a lot in me, and to pay them back would be to bring them great results. With that, I have to work hard in all aspects – mentally and physically. I'm really happy and I'm looking forward to start practicing and testing. I also have to thank my family for all of their support all these years. Finally my dream has come true. Also to my fans for being here and believing in me; this is just the beginning.”
 
Munoz made his IndyCar Series debut at the 2013 Indianapolis 500 where he earned Rookie of the Year honors for starting on the front row and, after leading the historic race for 12 laps, finishing in the second position. The 21-year-old also competed in IndyCar’s Grand Prix of Toronto in July, as well as the season finale at Auto Club Speedway where he competed in both the (formerly) Firestone Indy Lights and IndyCar Series events.
 
Team owner Michael Andretti said, "Carlos stepped up this season and showed outstanding potential on track in Indy and Fontana. We are looking forward to welcoming him as a full time IndyCar driver and seeing what 2014 has in store. We are confident that his success in Indy Lights will carry on into his IndyCar career.”
 
The Colombian recorded five Indy Lights pole positions and four wins (Barber, Long Beach, Pocono and Fontana) in 2013, marking his career-best year in two seasons of Indy Lights competition. Throughout his time spent at the final step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, Munoz has accrued six wins, six pole positions, 10 podiums and 20 top-10 finishes. The Indy Lights veteran came away with a fifth-place finish in the 2012 championship point’s standings and third for 2013.
 
 
 
 

STATEMENT ON RETIREMENT OF DARIO FRANCHITTI

November 14th, 2013

11.14.13 – We are saddened to hear about the retirement of Dario Franchitti. Over the years he has become more than a former driver, he is truly a great friend and will forever be a part of the Andretti racing family. Dario captured his first championship and Indy 500 victory with us and the teams strong history is much to Dario's credit. We'd like to congratulate him on a successful career and wish him the best as he transitions into the next stage of his life. We have no doubt that he will continue to make a great impact on the sport of racing, albeit from behind the pit wall.
 

James Hinchcliffe nominated for Canadian Athlete of the Year!

November 5th, 2013

11.5.13 – Three-time IndyCar winner James Hinchcliffe is nominated for Sportnet's 2013 Canadian Athlete of the Year! "It's an honor to receive a nomination, and I'm simply proud to be on the list amongst so many outstanding Canadians," Hinch said.

"We can all be super proud of our accomplishments as athletes this year, and it shows the strength and determination of Canadians to succeed in competitive environments. Even better, it's a fan vote, and in my opinion, that's all the matters as they're the people who matter! For me personally, it was a great year taking three IndyCar victories for Andretti Autosport and GoDaddy. That's a platform I want to build on next year sporting United Fiber & Data colors, and once again, with the continued support of the fans both here in Canada, in the US and around the world!"

Voting ends November 15, so be sure to get your votes in now. You can vote for the Mayor of Hinchtown HERE!

 

 

 

Zach Veach nabs community service award

October 31st, 2013

10.31.13 – RePLAY XD driver Zach Veach has been selected as the 2013 Firestone Indy Lights KeyBank Community Leader for being the driver who "best displays a passion for community service and community outreach." The 18-year-old is active in many public outreach campaigns and continues to pour his energy into philanthropy all throughout the year. Just in 2013, Veach was involved with organizations such as STEM, Racing for Kids, Racing for Cancer, No Bull (anti-bullying campaign), Miles Ahead and much, much more. Along with the honors of being a leader in the community, the Ohio native will receive a check for $3,000 for his efforts. Veach will return to Andretti Autosport for his sophomore season of Indy Lights in 2014.

James Hinchcliffe to Return to Andretti Autosport with United Fiber & Data

October 19th, 2013

FONTANA, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2013) - IZOD IndyCar Series multiple race winner James Hinchcliffe will return to the team with which he captured his first career victory. The reigning series champions, Andretti Autosport, confirmed today that the Canadian fan favorite will pilot an Andretti Autosport Indy car for the 2014 IndyCar championship.

Hinchcliffe's No. 27 machine will don the colors of United Fiber & Data (UFD), a tech company, founded by three members of the multi-platinum rock band LIVE and their Think Loud Development company. UFD will also serve as a major associate on the No. 25 and No. 28 cars piloted by Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay, respectively. In addition, Andretti announced earlier today that the company will serve as the primary sponsor for Pro Mazda Champion Matthew Brabham as he transitions to Indy Lights in 2014.

The 26-year-old Hinchcliffe will make his 50th IndyCar career start at Auto Club Speedway this weekend. Hinchcliffe has recorded three wins and 25-top 10 finishes in his previous 49 starts. The Toronto-native joined Andretti Autosport before his 2012 sophomore year in the open-wheel series.

Based in York, Penn., United Fiber & Data offers a complete suite of all-fiber networking and broadband solutions and also served as a major associate sponsor of the No. 25 machine of Marco Andretti for the 2013 season.

United Fiber & Data will feature a 400-mile fiber optic line running between New York and Virginia and will operate out of different data centers across Pennsylvania (Allentown, Lancaster, Reading and York).

MICHAEL ANDRETTI, CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT:
"We are very happy to announce that Hinch will be back with us and that United Fiber & Data will be growing their sponsorship role. Hinch is a great addition to our team, and Chad (Taylor), Bill (Hynes) and everyone at UFD have become a true part of the Andretti Autosport family. We have a great friendship and partnership in UFD, and we look forward to sharing in many more wins together."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, DRIVER, NO. 27 UNITED FIBER & DATA CAR:
"It's great to be back with Andretti. Obviously, this has been home for the last two years and we preach so much about chemistry in this team and to keep it together is awesome. I want to, first off, thank GoDaddy for the last two years and the support past that they've given to this team. But, I'm really excited about UFD and being able to work with those guys. I think we can do a lot together and it's great to be back working with Michael (Andretti), Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and Marco (Andretti) and everyone on the team."

CHAD TAYLOR, CHAIRMAN, UNITED FIBER & DATA:
"UFD's title sponsorship of James Hinchcliffe further extends our belief in Andretti Autosport's championship caliber team. No doubt the 'Mayor of Hinchtown' will carry the United Fiber & Data IndyCar to Winner's Circle and hopefully a series championship!  'Gotta live, gotta live in Hinchtown.'"

BILL HYNES, DIRECTOR, UNITED FIBER & DATA:
"United Fiber & Data is excited to expand our multi-car affiliation with Andretti Autosport. Our title sponsorship of James Hinchcliffe represents UFD's long-term commitment to harnessing speed and technology for our state-of-the-art fiber infrastructure and redundant data facilities. Both our clients and employees have experienced the thrill of IndyCar racing. We look forward to many more Winner's Circle celebrations with the official 'Mayor of Hinchtown' and the Andretti Autosport family of championship caliber drivers."

 

United Fiber & Data Announces 2014 Sponsorship Plans

October 19th, 2013

10.19.2013 – Current sponsor United Fiber & Data (UFD) announced today that they will expand their current associate sponsorship role with the reigning champions by becoming the primary sponsor on the No. 27 IndyCar driven by James Hinchcliffe as well as Indy Lights driver Matthew Brabham for 2014.

IZOD IndyCar Series multiple race winner James Hinchcliffe will return to the team with which he captured his first career victory. The reigning series champions, Andretti Autosport, confirmed today that the Canadian fan favorite will pilot the No. 27 machine which will don the colors of UFD, a tech company, founded by three members of the multi-platinum rock band LIVE and their Think Loud Development company.

UFD will also serve as a major associate on the No. 25 and No. 28 cars piloted by Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay, respectively. In addition, Andretti announced earlier today that the company will serve as the primary sponsor for Pro Mazda Champion Matthew Brabham as he transitions to Indy Lights in 2014. The third-generation racer will also showcase the colors of UFD.

Based in York, Penn., United Fiber & Data offers a complete suite of all-fiber networking and broadband solutions and also served as a major associate sponsor of the No. 25 machine of Marco Andretti for the 2013 season.

United Fiber & Data will feature a 400-mile fiber optic line running between New York and Virginia and will operate out of different data centers across Pennsylvania (Allentown, Lancaster, Reading and York).

 

 

Andretti Autosport and Honda Racing Announce Multi-year IndyCar Alliance

October 19th, 2013

FONTANA, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2013) – IndyCar champions Andretti Autosport® announced today that the team led by racing legend Michael Andretti will return to IndyCar Series competition in 2014 with Honda-powered machines as part of a multi-year agreement.

"We look forward to working with Honda again; for us, it's like being back home. I have no doubt that together we will see great success," said Michael Andretti, the team's Chairman, President and CEO.

The Indianapolis-based team has competed as part of Team Chevy for the last two seasons, winning the championship in 2012 with Ryan Hunter-Reay. Prior to the return of the IndyCar manufacture competition in 2011, Andretti captured three series championships with Honda (2004, 2005, 2007), as well as two Indianapolis 500 victories (2005, 2007). Since its inception in 2003, Andretti Autosport has captured 48 IndyCar Series victories – 39 of those under Honda power.

"We're extremely happy to welcome Michael Andretti and his Andretti Autosport organization back into the Honda Racing family," said Art St. Cyr, President, Honda Performance Development. "As many of you will remember, the Andretti organization played a major role in Honda's success during the previous era of manufacturer competition in Indy car racing, and we're looking forward to adding more victories and championships to an already impressive total."

Honda has been a fixture in North American open-wheel racing since 1994 and has played an active role in the growth of Indy car racing – as both a Manufacturers' Championship competitor and single engine supplier – since joining the series in 2003.   

The company scored its first of nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories in 2004. Honda won Manufacturers' Championships in 2004 and 2005, and captured the drivers' championships with Andretti drivers Tony Kanaan (2004) and Wheldon (2005).

Honda became engine supplier to the entire IZOD IndyCar Series in 2006, and supplied racing engines to the full, 33-car Indianapolis 500 field each year from 2006-2011. For a record six-consecutive years, the '500' ran without a single engine failure, and the 2010 Indianapolis 500 marked Honda's 100th race win as a manufacturer and engine supplier in IZOD IndyCar Series competition.

Fan of the Week – Darlene Sandmann

October 18th, 2013

Congratulations to Darlene Sandmann who is not only this week’s Andretti Autosport Fan of the Week, but also our Lunatic of the Week – courtesy of Luna-C Clothing. Darlene lists Marco Andretti as her favorite Andretti Autosport driver, but considers Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe two of her favorites, too.

“Marco is my favorite driver somewhat because it carries on the Andretti Tradition – I am so proud of him this year in how much growth and maturity you see in him,” said Sandmann. “Anyone who drives for Andretti Autosport gets to the top of my list.”

Sandmann has been an open-wheel racing fan for the past 27 years. During those 27 years, Darlene met her husband, Marc Sandmann. “Racing laid the groundwork in the beginning for when I met Marc (now husband) who, at that time, was a much bigger fan than me,” Sandmann comments. “He took me to my first race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, and I have been in love with the sport and hooked ever since.”

Darlene has witnessed many Andretti victories during her 27 years of attending races. “I think the best racing memory for me is the culmination that I have been blessed to go to many races and several races each year,” she said. “There is nothing better than going to victory circle after the race to celebrate the win;the Andrettis and Andretti Autosport drivers have many wins at the races I have been to.” The proud Andretti supporter has experienced the highs and lows of IndyCar racing, but one high she will never forget is seeing the all-Andretti podium in 1991 at the historic Milwaukee Mile.

Heading into the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Darlene is looking for one more Andretti Autosport podium. “I know there is only one race left this season and my fingers are crossed that he (Marco Andretti) will get that win he deserves this season,” Sandmann commented.

While the Fantastic Four heads to California to end the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season, we know Darlene will be on the edge of her seat enjoying her RC Cola 10, waiting to see an Andretti Autosport driver come to the twin checkers ahead of the pack.

The 250-lap MAVTV 500  will air live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, Oct. 19. The MAVTV 500 will be the 12th Indy car race at and the sixth IZOD IndyCar Series event at the 2-mile oval.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a form to become the Andretti Autosport Fan of the Week. Please check back next Friday as we select another winner!

As always, thanks for your amazing support.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group to remain with Andretti Autosport for 2014

October 18th, 2013

10.18.13 – ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT®, DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP TO CONTINUE LONGSTANDING INDYCAR RELATIONSHIP WITH NO. 25 CAR IN 2014

Third-generation racer Marco Andretti is quite familiar with the Dr Pepper Snapple (NYSE: DPS) family. He’ll once again help promote one of DPS’s iconic brands when he takes the wheel of the No. 25 Andretti Autosport car next season.

The DPS-Andretti Autosport relationship enters its eighth season in 2014. In previous years, Marco Andretti has driven Indy cars highlighting Venom Energy Drink, Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper TEN and RC Cola.

“Marco and Andretti Autosport have been great ambassadors of our brands over the years, and we are pleased to be partnering with them for another exciting IndyCar season,” said Jim Trebilcock, executive vice president of marketing for DPS. “Our brands and IndyCar both have extraordinary and passionate fans, and we’re looking forward to working with Marco and his team to drive excitement and build on that passion.”

Andretti, concluding his eighth season in IndyCar Series competition at Auto Club Speedway this weekend, is ranked fifth in the IZOD IndyCar Series points standings with 14 top-10 finishes, marking his best season to date. The Nazareth, Penn. native has recorded two pole-positions this season and is nearing the 1000 laps-led mark, currently holding 944 laps as a race leader. Andretti and his No. 25 RC Cola branded car sat on the front row for this year’s running of the Indianapolis 500-mile race, the 26-year-old’s best start at the historic 2.5-mile oval.

“Dr Pepper Snapple’s products are among the most well-loved brands on the market, and they carry great appeal with our fans,” said Marco Andretti, Driver, No. 25 Car. “We’re excited to be teaming up with them once again next season. I feel we have been getting closer to a championship title and an Indy 500 win, and I wouldn't want to win it with anyone more with the Dr Pepper Snapple family and with my dad. I feel like I have a lot of unfinished business and a lot of good results coming our way.” 

In addition to touting its brands on his No. 25 car, Andretti has worked with DPS on one of its key philanthropic initiatives, serving as honorary chairman of DPS’s of its 2013 United Way campaign. Themed “Drive Home Giving,” the campaign raised nearly $2.2 million for United Way agencies.

 

 



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