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Andretti to Showcase Oberto Beef Jerky Throwback Livery at Phoenix

INDIANAPOLIS (March 19, 2018) – The No. 98 machine of Andretti-Herta Autosport driver Marco Andretti will feature a special look for the upcoming Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix’s ISM Raceway. In honor of the of 25th Anniversary of Mario Andretti’s last career win, the third-generation driver will race the Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K / Curb Honda in the colors of his grandfather’s 1993 winning car.

“We’re really excited to see Oberto back on the car this year. Andretti Autosport has built a strong relationship with them and we’re happy to continue to grow the partnership,” said Marco Andretti. “When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board. The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up. It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”

Oberto Beef Jerky first appeared on the sidepods of Andretti’s Indy car in Phoenix last year and then dressed the car again at Gateway Motorsports Park in August. The partnership has proved itself a race-winning mixture with Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC driver Scott Speed and the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team claiming back-to-back championships.

Tom Hernquist Oberto Brands CEO said, “Oberto is thrilled to partner with Andretti Autosport and our retail partner Circle-K for this great anniversary event. As a company celebrating our own landmark anniversary this year” (100 years), “the pairing of one of the greatest names in racing with the nation’s leading all-natural beef jerky is a perfect match. The Andretti name embodies our brand’s tagline of ‘You get out what you put in’ and we are excited to see Marco on the track in Phoenix.”

“At Circle K, we take great pride in our partnership with Andretti Autosport and Oberto Brands, and are especially excited to take part in this special anniversary event,” said Francis Lapointe, Circle K Vice President Operations, Arizona. “To have Marco honoring his grandfather’s final win while racing the No. 98 Oberto Circle K / Curb Honda will allow even more spectators to become familiar with the Circle K brand and its easy shopping experience for customers on the go.”

The weekend celebration of Mario Andretti and the Phoenix Grand Prix will begin Friday, April 6, at ISM Raceway in Phoenix with race day on April 7. Fans can shop at their Phoenix-area Circle K store for a chance to win race tickets courtesy of Oberto Beef Jerky.

For more information on the sweepstakes, follow Oberto on social media at @ObertoBeefJerky.


The Newman Haas Racing livery that Marco Andretti will use at ISM Raceway to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his grandfather’s last Indy car win (Photo courtesy of Andretti Autosport)


ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT RACE REPORT 03.11.18 Round 1 of Verizon IndyCar Series competition is complete after an action-packed day of street racing in the Sunshine State. The 110-lap Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg saw eight caution periods and plenty of excitement as NAPA Racing’s Alexander Rossi battled for for P1 and ultimately finished third when…

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Andretti Autosport Qualifying Report: St. Petersburg

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG QUALIFYING REPORT 03.10.18 The checkered flag has flown over a controversial qualifying session at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Despite having the speed to advance, both Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi were issued penalties for qualifying interference, negating their fast times and dropping the…

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Race Preview: Season Opener on the Streets of St. Petersburg

  Verizon IndyCar Series OF NOTE: The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will mark the 250th Indy car race Andretti Autosport has competed in. Marco Andretti will wear the blue, green and white of Ruoff Home Mortgage to kick off the 2018 season. Rookie Zach Veach will make his full-season debut in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Veach…

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Florida-based laser-cutting and engraving company joins Andretti Autosport as Technical Sponsor

INDIANAPOLIS (March 1, 2018) – Boss Laser has partnered with Andretti Autosport, becoming the “Official Laser Cutting, Engraving and Marking Provider” of the back-to-back Indianapolis 500-winning race team.

Boss Laser, located north of Orlando, FL, has been building precise and reliable laser systems since 2012, offering hobbyists, businesses, educational institutions and government agencies quality laser cutting and engraving systems, and has supplied Andretti Autosport with a FM-50 Desktop Laser Engraver equipped with a 50-watt fiber laser power source.

“We are excited to partner with the Andretti Autosport team. The Andretti name is one associated with performance and excellence,” said Oliver Pinnock, Vice President of Boss Laser. “Boss Laser is proud to be associated with their rich history of past performance and to contribute to their future racing success.”

The desktop laser engraver will etch serial numbers into racecar parts produced in-house, allowing for accountability and traceability of the parts being made. The serial numbers allow engineers and machinists to search specific details of each individual part, including mileage, once installed on the racecar.“It’s important that our racecars are not only fast on the racetrack, but also accurate and consistent, and that’s exactly what the functionality of the FM-50 Desktop Laser Engraver will provide us,” said Andretti Autosport’s Chief Operating Officer Rob Edwards. “Having the ability to track specific parts of the car for reliability and function is key, and ensures we continue to have high-quality, high-performance racecars on the grid.”  



Mortgage Lender Leader to Serve as Primary Sponsor for Marco Andretti at St. Petersburg and Mid-Ohio

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 9, 2018) – The blue, green and white of Ruoff Home Mortgage will dress the No. 98 Andretti-Herta Autosport entry for two races during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. The Indy 500-winning partnership will open the season on the streets of St. Petersburg as Marco Andretti’s primary sponsor and return mid-season on the livery at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Mark Music, president and CEO of Ruoff Home Mortgage, had this to say about the sponsorship, “Being affiliated with the Andretti name again, particularly on Marco’s car, aligns us with the best name in racing. Speed and precision are just two tenets that are synonymous with Andretti and with Ruoff.”

“Since first joining the team in May of last year, our partnership and friendship with Mark and the Ruoff Home Mortgage family has really grown,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “We’re thrilled to continue our success with Marco at St. Petersburg and Mid-Ohio, I think we’ll be spending time together again in victory lane soon.”

Andretti will join teammates Zach Veach (No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda), Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda) on the streets of St. Petersburg as the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season kicks off.



National Ready-Mixed Concrete Company Joins Marco Andretti for Six-Race IndyCar Partnership

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 7, 2018) – Andretti Autosport announced today the addition of a new partner as national ready-mixed concrete producer U.S. Concrete enters IndyCar competition for the first time, paired with third-generation racer Marco Andretti. U.S. Concrete, a leader in concrete manufacturing and green building, has joined the team to brand the No. 98 Honda for six Verizon IndyCar Series races including Long Beach, Indianapolis [Grand Prix and Indy 500], Texas, Pocono and Sonoma.

“The legacy and strength of the Andretti team exemplify the business units that make up the U.S. Concrete family and is an excellent platform to showcase what we offer,” said U.S. Concrete Marketing Communications Manager, Andrew Pinkerton. “Our partnership with Marco Andretti and Andretti Autosport is very exciting and we look forward to taking this partnership beyond the race track and integrating the Andretti’s winning formula into our business.” 

“I’m really happy to welcome U.S. Concrete to the Verizon IndyCar Series and our Andretti family,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “U.S. Concrete is a leading brand in its industry, as is the Andretti brand in IndyCar, so we are very excited about this partnership.” 

Marco Andretti and the No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda will join teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda), Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda) and Zach Veach (No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda) for spring training under the lights at ISM Raceway in Avondale, AZ, Friday, and Saturday.

The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series will kick off March 9 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.


New Livery released for the No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda entry in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship for Andretti Autosport INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 24, 2018) — Group One Thousand One and Andretti Autosport have unveiled the new livery for Zach Veach’s No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda Indy car competing in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Veach…

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Andretti Collects Fifth Iconic “Baby Borg” Trophy

Andretti Collects Fifth Iconic “Baby Borg” Trophy

2017 Indianapolis 500 Winning Team Honored in Detroit

The trophy collection of Michael Andretti has a new addition as the Andretti Autosport namesake visited the annual Automotive News World Congress Awards Dinner in Detroit Wednesday to collect his fifth BorgWarner Championship trophy.

The BorgWarner Championship trophies are unique replicas of the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy awarded to the winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Baby Borg trophies are 14 inches high and weigh 5 pounds. The owner’s trophy features a band of art deco race cars accented in gold to symbolize the importance of teamwork.

Andretti’s newest miniature version of the 5’4 ¾” sterling-silver trophy was earned at the 101st Indy 500 as the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda took the checkered flag with Takuma Sato behind the wheel. Andretti’s newest Baby Borg joins iconic trophies from the team’s previous four victories produced by Dan Wheldon (2005), Dario Franchitti (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014) and Alexander Rossi (2016).

“Traveling to the north, even just to Detroit, is something I usually try to avoid in the winter, but I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be tonight,” said Andretti. “I’m so proud of our team for this accomplishment and want to thank Ruoff Home Mortgage and all of our partners for their support. I have no doubt that our six Andretti Autosport entries will be top contenders this May, and I’ll hopefully be back in Detroit in a year’s time to pick up another Baby Borg. Thank you to Borg Warner for this honor and to the Automotive News World Congress for hosting us this evening.”

Andretti Autosport’s Indy 500 stable of six will take to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 102nd Running of the 500-Mile Race, seeking to defend their reign with a third-consecutive victory.

Carlos Munoz (No. 29 Andretti Autosport Honda) and Stefan Wilson (No. 25 Driven 2 Save Lives Honda) will join the team’s full season drivers Marco Andretti (No. 98 Andretti-Herta Autosport Honda), Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda), Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda) and Zach Veach (No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda) for opening day May 14.


2018 BorgWarner Baby Borg Presentation to 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato and team owner Michael Andretti. 17 January, 2018, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Michael Andretti and Takuma Sato
©2018, Michael L. Levitt




Defending race champions to field six in-house Indy 500 entries

NDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 18, 2017) – A familiar face will make its way back to the Andretti Autosport stable for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race as Carlos Muñoz returns to the team, vying for his chance to kiss the bricks.

Muñoz made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Andretti Autosport at the 2013 Indianapolis 500, where he finished second, earning himself Indy 500 Rookie of the Year honors. The Colombian-native went on to compete full time with the team the following year. In 2016, Muñoz once again finished runner-up when his rookie teammate, Alexander Rossi, crossed the Yard of Bricks on a fuel-saving strategy to win the 100th Indy 500.

“I am very excited to be a part of Andretti Autosport again,” said Muñoz. “The team has been like family to me since day one, when I joined them five years ago to race Indy Lights. We have been so close to winning the Indy 500 – twice with the team – so I am especially excited to be back for that race and hopefully we will have a good result this year. I need to thank Michael [Andretti] and J-F [Thormann] for believing in me and wanting me to back in their car for the Indy 500. I am also excited to be back with my teammates, and I think we will continue to work really well together. We have six cars, so hopefully we will have a strong team working with the new [areo kit]. I am really looking forward to it – hopefully we can finally get that win we’ve been so close to.”

Muñoz will look to pick up where he left off with Andretti Autosport and add to the team’s historical success at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The team mirror’s Muñoz’s enthusiasm and is excited to have secured its complete lineup before the new year.

“We’re thrilled to have Carlos back in an Andretti car for the Indy 500,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “There is no denying that Carlos has talent at [Indianapolis Motor Speedway], he’s finished runner-up twice and that has fueled his determination to get to victory lane. He has already built relationships with his teammates and many of those on our crew, so it should be a seamless process for our six cars when they head out for the first time together.”  

The veteran driver has built a resume that consists of 70 Verizon IndyCar Series starts, one win (Detroit Race 1, 2015), one pole position (Texas, 2016) and seven podiums. Muñoz competed under the Andretti shield from 2013 to 2016 and finished 17th in the 2017 IndyCar season.

Andretti Autosport has collected five Indianapolis 500 victories (Wheldon/’05, Franchitti/’06, Hunter-Reay/’14, Rossi/’16, Sato/’17) and seeks to become only the second team to earn three consecutive Indy 500 wins. Muñoz will join teammates Rossi, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Zach Veach and Stefan Wilson on opening day in May for the team’s six-car effort.


A disappointed Carlos Munoz collects his thoughts after finishing second in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 (Photo Courtesy of IndyCar)

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