INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 14, 2017) – With the spirit of giving in mind, Andretti Autosport partners Butterball and DHL have teamed up with 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and his team to give back to the Indianapolis community. An annual tradition since 2014, Butterball, who accounts for 20 percent of the nation’s total turkey production, along…
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INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 4, 2017) – Stefan Wilson is set to return to the iconic field of 33 in May as the British-native will take the wheel of the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives Andretti Honda for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. As the fifth entry for Andretti Autosport, Wilson will join teammates Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Zach Veach.
“I’m very excited to be officially joining the Andretti Autosport team for the 102nd Indy 500,” said Wilson. “It has been a roller-coaster ride to get here, but when looking back, I’m really pleased and feel very fortunate to be in the spot I’m in now. I’ve just kept thinking about the future, knowing that I’d be joining one of the most successful teams in Indy.”
“We’re really happy to welcome Stefan back to Andretti Autosport and proud to see him running the No. 25,” said Michael Andretti. “While not on track, Stefan was a big part of our Indy 500 effort in 2017, and we’re looking forward to getting him back behind the wheel at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
In his third Verizon IndyCar Series start, his second at Indy, Wilson will partner with Indiana Donor Network to advance their Driven2SaveLives campaign helping to promote awareness of the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation.
“Ultimately, we are working to register more donors,” said Wilson. “Organ donation and transplantation is a cause I’m connected to through the loss of Justin, who saved five lives. We’ll be working with Driven2SaveLives to provide hope to patients on the national wait list, and honor donor heroes.”
Since inception, more than 1,000 individuals have made the decision to register as an organ, tissue and eye donor as a result of the Driven2SaveLives campaign. 118,000 people nationwide are waiting for a lifesaving organ donation.
“Stefan is uniting race fans and elevating the conversation around donation and transplantation, and with his help, we hope to get more people across the country to register their decision to donate,” said Kellie Hanner, president and chief executive officer at Indiana Donor Network. “We are grateful for his efforts.”
Wilson holds 32 starts in the Indy Lights series, including 14 starts, and two wins and five podiums, with the Andretti Autosport Indy Lights stable in 2011.
Added Wilson, “Andretti Autosport and I won a few [Indy Lights] races together but came up short in the 2011 championship hunt. Since then, my career has been a bit of a rocky road. It’s taken a tremendous amount of determination, and that determination only grew stronger when we lost Justin. In a way, I feel like I’m racing for him as much as I am for myself. I do want to succeed in my own career and prove that I belong, but also, I want to do something he never got the chance to, I want to win the Indy 500. That’s part of what drives me.
“I really want to thank Mark Miles, Doug Boles, Michael Andretti and the rest of the Andretti Autosport organization. A lot of the agreements were initially done in good faith, and I’m very thankful for all the effort that has brought us here.”
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
GoPro GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA
The sun has set on another year of American open-wheel competition as the Verizon IndyCar Series championship has come to a close at Sonoma Raceway.
It was a season of highs and lows for the Andretti Autosport quartet of drivers, taking home only two race wins, but yet savoring the elusive milk of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
With the IndyCar stable locked in for the coming season, 2018 starts now.
No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
- Started 11th // Finished 7th
- Championship: 12th (388 pts.)
- Of Note: Challenged for a top-five finish during his 200th career IndyCar start.
“I think we pretty much maximized our pace today. We probably could have gotten Rahal, but I couldn’t hold him on black [tires]. I was on cold blacks and I locked up, so I did the best I could to keep him behind me. It was pretty obvious the Penske cars were in a league of their own so we were just trying to maximize what we had going on. We don’t come here to finish seventh but it’s a decent result, it’s something to build on. I really think the  package will be way more to my strengths. I struggle in the high-speed corners, I struggled in [Turn] 6 today so I need to get a grip on that. I don’t just want to turn the page after not being great this year, I want to figure out why we weren’t great. I have no doubt next year we can be on it. I tidied up my street course game which was my old weakness so I think if we get my strength back on the short ovals, where I used to be good, who knows?”
No. 28 DHL Honda
- Started 7th // Finished 8th
- Championship: 9th (421 pts.)
- Of Note: Recorded eight top-10 finishes this season, today’s result moved the American driver up one position in the points standings.
“I don’t know what happened on the start, but [our lane] didn’t go and I got jumped by three or four cars there. It was kind of a mess. We were just in recovery mode from there, trying to get back up where we started. We made some setup changes before the race that didn’t work out. Often in this sport it’s trial and error, and we found what didn’t work today. Disappointing finish to the race but all in all, looking at where we were in the championship points leaving Indy, to finish ninth in the championship, we clawed our way back many, many spots. But, we’re here to win races, win championships and we’ve certainly had our fair share of misfortune this year but there’s also a lot we could have done better. We’ll have to put all that together and hopefully have a little bit better luck next year and be a stronger overall effort.”
No. 26 Dickinson Fleet Services Honda
- Started 5th // Finished 20th
- Championship: 8th (441 pts.)
Of Note: Made contact with teammate Alexander Rossi early in the race which resulted in a flat right rear tire and an unexpected pit stop. Sato retired from the race 23 laps early due to a mechanical issue.
“It was an unforgettable season. I had a great time in the team and we are so bonded for the No. 26 boys. I can’t thank every single person in the entire Andretti Autosport family enough. It was a great time and we achieved something, an unbelievable win. [Today’s result is] a shame, we wanted to finish strong but this is motor racing. I really appreciate everybody’s support. Thank you for everything. It’s been a tough, roller coaster season but we showed tremendous speed, especially for the last six races. It’s unbelievable, always one of the top Hondas. That’s something I’m really proud of with the No. 26 boys and it was a fabulous year so thank you for everything.”
No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Honda
- Started 8th // Finished 21st
- Championship: 7th (494 pts.)
Of Note: Suffered a mechanical issue after the first stop, but the NAPA AUTO PARTS crew worked to get the car back on track and pick up a position and additional points.
“It was a pretty disappointing day, to have a mechanical issue after the first stop. I think we were in a pretty decent position to possibly get in the top five after our opening stint but it wasn’t meant to be today. A huge shout out to the NAPA AUTO PARTS team and the Andretti-Herta boys for the hard work back in the garage to get us back out there, we picked up another spot. To close the season off this way is disappointing but at the same time, there’s a huge amount of positives we can take from the year and I can’t wait to get started again in 2018.”
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES GoPro GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA QUALIFYING REPORT 09.16.17 For the first time in 2017, all four Andretti Autosport Hondas advanced together to the second round of qualifying. The field of 22 will take the green flag for tomorrow’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at 6:50 p.m. ET. Coverage of the 85-lap race will be available live…
GoPro GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA PRACTICE REPORT 09.15.17 The sunny skies of Northern California welcomed two practice sessions through the twists and turns of Sonoma Raceway today. The quartet of Andretti drivers concluded the second practice running inside the top 10. Qualifying for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma will be broadcast live on NBC…
Group One Thousand One Enters IndyCar with Zach Veach Mazda Road to Indy veteran will pilot No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship with Andretti Autosport SONOMA, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2017) – Starting in 2018, Zach Veach will take the wheel of the No. 26 Group One Thousand One…
Zach Veach Completes the Ladder with Andretti Autosport Mazda Road to Indy veteran will pilot No. 26 Honda in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 13, 2017) – Starting in 2018, Zach Veach will take the wheel of the No. 26 Honda Indy car as the fourth entry in Andretti Autosport’s Verizon IndyCar Series effort….
Verizon IndyCar Series OF NOTE: Marco Andretti will make his 200th career Verizon IndyCar Series start on Sunday when he takes on the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, the track where he won his first Verizon IndyCar Series race in 2006 Takuma Sato will wear a black and yellow paint scheme to kick off the extended multi-year partnership with Dickinson…
Dickinson Fleet Services Extends Multi-Year Partnership with Andretti Autosport
Takuma Sato to Pilot No. 26 Dickinson Fleet Services Honda at Sonoma Season Finale
NDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 11, 2017) – Indianapolis-based fleet maintenance and repair company, Dickinson Fleet Services has solidified a multi-year renewal with Andretti Autosport and will continue to build on the established relationship throughout the upcoming INDYCAR seasons. To kick off this expanded relationship, the No. 26 Honda of reigning Indianapolis 500 Champion Takuma Sato will carry black and yellow for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway Sunday.
Joining Michael Andretti’s armada of racing teams in May of 2016, Dickinson Fleet Services became the Official Service Provider and Fleet Management Company of Andretti Autosport. Providing preventative maintenance and ensuring that the team transporters arrive at racetracks safely, the relationship with Dickinson Fleet Services has proved essential for the success across the entire organization.
“When we travel to IndyCar races, we travel with 10 tractor-trailers every weekend. The fleet maintenance of our transporters is just as essential as the maintenance of our race cars,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “Dickinson Fleet Services has performed above and beyond and is a key part of keeping our team rolling. Not only are they professional and the best in the business when it comes to fleet maintenance, but they’re also just right down the road here in Indianapolis.”
“Andretti Autosport has the highest expectations for performance, safety and winning,” said Ted Coltrain, Executive Officer, Dickinson Fleet Services. “We pride ourselves on providing maintenance excellence and safety at every level of our service. The entire team at Dickinson Fleet Services is honored to be recognized by Andretti Autosport as a vital partner in their success both on and off the track. We look forward to being part of Andretti Autosport’s winning tradition for many years to come.”
The Verizon IndyCar Series kicks off its last race of 2017 at Sonoma Raceway with practice starting at 1 p.m. ET Friday, Sept. 15. Tune in to NBC Sports Network Sunday, Sept. 18, to catch all the racing action live for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN RACE REPORT 09.03.17 It was a cold and rainy day at Watkins Glen International but after the rain cleared, it was Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay covered in champagne showers as they took the top and third steps of the victory podium, respectively. The Verizon IndyCar…