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JAMES HINCHCLIFFE RETURNS TO ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT FOR THREE INDYCAR RACES

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE RETURNS TO ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT FOR THREE INDYCAR RACES
  • Hinchcliffe to enter GMR Grand Prix, 104th Indianapolis 500 and Texas 600 with Andretti Autosport
  • Canadian driver to pilot No. 29 Honda backed by cloud customer experience software company Genesys

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 19, 2020) – For James Hinchcliffe the 2020 Month of May marks a bit of a homecoming as the Canadian driver returns to Andretti Autosport, the team with which he celebrated his first INDYCAR® SERIES victory in 2013. Hinchcliffe will strap into the No. 29 Honda, carrying Genesys® colors as he enters the GMR Grand Prix, his eighth Indy 500 effort and the Texas 600 in June.

The 2016 Indy 500 pole sitter, Hinchcliffe, holds a total of 139 INDYCAR race starts, collecting six wins since his 2011 series debut, and counts seven Indy 500 race starts under his belt. Together, through the 2012-2014 seasons, Hinchcliffe and Andretti recorded three INDYCAR victories, 15 top-five finishes and nine front-row starts, including sitting twice on the famed front row of the Indy 500.

The fan favorite driver announced on Jan. 16 that Genesys, a leading provider of cloud customer experience and contact center technologies, will serve as his primary sponsor at two of INDYCAR’s marquee events. The No. 29 Honda will take on the orange, white and charcoal of Genesys, a company with a major employee presence in Indianapolis and nearly 60 offices worldwide. Genesys technology helps organizations around the globe connect more than 70 billion customer moments each year across voice, text, messaging apps, web chat and social media.

Hinchcliffe joins five teammates for the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport’s full-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES stable of Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Honda, 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion), Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda, 2014 Indianapolis 500 champion), Colton Herta (No. 88 Honda, Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport), Marco Andretti (No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda, Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Andretti and Curb-Agajanian) and Zach Veach (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda).

The 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge kicks off with practice days beginning Tuesday, May 12, leading to Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying May 16-17. The main event goes green at 12:45 p.m. ET Sunday, May 24, with live broadcast on NBC.

For more information, visit AndrettiAutosport.com.

QUOTE BOARD

MICHAEL ANDRETTI – CHAIRMAN & CEO, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT
“We’re really pleased to be able to welcome James back into the Andretti team. He has, for sure, been knocked down a few times by this sport and to be able to help him meet the challenge is really special. We had a lot of fun, and some great successes with James when he was part of the team before, and we’re really looking forward to picking up where we left off.

“I’d also like to welcome Genesys to the Andretti family for their first experience in INDYCAR racing. We now have three, major Indiana-based companies in our portfolio, along with several other brands that call Indianapolis home. It’s special to see these companies supporting Indiana’s home sport of INDYCAR racing, and we’re proud to carry them each with us. We are looking forward to working with James and the Genesys team to deliver both on and off-track success.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE – DRIVER, NO. 29 GENESYS HONDA
“Honestly, it’s so nice being able to announce some more good news. It’s no secret that the 2020 season isn’t going to be exactly what we were expecting, but being able to start the new year with the announcement that Genesys was stepping in to save our season and partner with us was awesome, and now adding the next big piece in my reunion with Andretti Autosport just really makes it feel like the momentum is going our way. I can’t wait to work with this group again and to get back behind the wheel of an IndyCar!”

TONY BATES – CEO, GENESYS
“We saw tremendous potential in James from the beginning – and now, with the power of Andretti Autosport behind him, it’s going to be an incredible ride. Our successes at Genesys are possible because of our team’s skills and the innovative technology that’s behind the many positive experiences consumers have with businesses. Success on the track requires the same winning combination.

“Between Andretti Autosport’s storied history and James’ talent behind the wheel, we couldn’t ask for a better way to kick off our inaugural presence in INDYCAR.”

CAPSTONE TURBINE CORPORATION RETURNS WITH COLTON HERTA

Capstone to Sponsor Six Races with Andretti Harding Steinbrenner No. 88 INDYCAR Entry
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 11, 2020) — The green and white of Capstone Turbine Corporation will again be displayed on the No. 88 Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport car of Colton Herta for the 2020 NTT INDYCAR® SERIES season. The southern-California based clean energy company will serve as the primary sponsor at the upcoming COTA open test, as well as six events including the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge at COTA and races at Texas Motor Speedway, Road America, Richmond Raceway, the streets of Toronto and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Capstone first appeared on the sidepods of the sophomore driver’s car in 2019 on the streets of Toronto and continued through to the season finale race where Herta scored victory from pole position for the then Harding Steinbrenner Racing team. The partnership also extends the relationship between Andretti Autosport and Capstone Turbine which began during the Month of May in 2019 with driver Alexander Rossi.

“The youthful Colton is a perfect fit for the image of our clean and green microturbine technology. The younger generation makes up 30% of the population, and are arguably the most concerned when it comes to environmental sustainability as the first generation to have grown up with climate change as part of everyday life,” stated Darren Jamison, Capstone’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“The valuable business relationships we have developed with the support of George Steinbrenner IV and Mike Harding, as well as the new B2B opportunities that will come this season by being part of the Andretti Autosport family, offers Capstone a platform to reach the racing community and help more companies save money and lower their carbon footprint. We are honored to sponsor the No. 88 at the COTA open test February 11-12, and we can’t wait to get back on the grid in April,” concluded Jamison.

Capstone Turbine Corporation (CPST) is the world’s leading producer of highly efficient, low-emission, resilient microturbine energy systems. Committed to improving the efficiency of energy needs around the world while simultaneously reducing global emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases, Capstone’s systems help end users improve their impact on the environment, while still meeting power and reliability needs.

Herta, alongside teammates Zach Veach (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda), Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Honda), Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda) and Marco Andretti (Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian, No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda), will partake in the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES spring training February 11-12 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

For more information, visit AndrettiAutosport.com.

ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT TO CARRY ON #CHECKIT4ANDRETTI CAMPAIGN

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 10, 2020) – Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti, has confirmed today he will carry on the #CheckIt4Andretti message started by late cousin John Andretti.

“The #CheckIt4Andretti initiative was so important to John, and he helped save so many lives by sharing his fight,” said Michael Andretti. “We’re really proud and honored to keep the message going by carrying #CheckIt4Andretti on our cars and team uniforms this year. We’d like to thank Richard Petty Motorsports for their collaboration on the logo. We look forward to seeing it with them on the NASCAR grid as well. John will be missed deeply, but his legacy will go on.” 

In May 2017, John Andretti went public with his fight against colon cancer by launching the #CheckIt4Andretti campaign to spread messaging on the importance of colon cancer screenings. The hashtag and John’s message were carried far and wide by the racing community with attention from INDYCAR, NASCAR, NHRA and sprint car communities. Andretti took pride in knowing he was helping others, even if the calling seemed unfair to his own personal health.

John Andretti died Jan. 30 after the long and public health battle. Despite his own pain, Andretti was committed to spreading the message of early screening as means of cancer prevention – a message that will now live on.

Michael Andretti urges racing communities worldwide to join the effort by carrying John’s message forward through the 2020 season and beyond.

ANDRETTI TECHNOLOGIES FORMS TECHNICAL PARTNERSHIP WITH MEYER SHANK RACING

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ANDRETTI TECHNOLOGIES
PRESS RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, November 8, 2019) – Andretti Technologies, the advanced technology arm of Andretti Autosport, has expanded its portfolio in announcing today a partnership with NTT IndyCar Series competitors Meyer Shank Racing to provide engineering and development support through the 2020 season.

As part of the new relationship, the Meyer Shank Racing engineering team for driver Jack Harvey and the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda will be staffed by veteran race engineers with Andretti Autosport experience. The team will receive technical and development support and will work alongside the five full-season Andretti entries.

Founded in late 2014, Andretti Technologies was the powertrain provider for the Andretti Formula E program for Seasons 3 and 4. The technical organization led by Michael Andretti entered into a similar partnership with Harding Steinbrenner Racing for the 2019 NTT IndyCar season, the first of a number of initiatives to establish Andretti Technologies as a service provider within motorsports and beyond.

FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY QUALIFYING REPORT

NTT INDYCAR SERIES FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY QUALIFYING REPORT 09.21.2019 No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA STARTING POSITION: 3rd QUALIFYING TIME: 01:10.2105 “We’ve had a pretty challenging two and a half days for the 27 NAPA Andretti Honda group – really the Andretti Autosport group as a whole. We had peaks and valleys, but it came…

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Race Preview: NTT IndyCar Series and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires

ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT RACE PREVIEW FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY NTT INDYCAR SERIES OF NOTE: Alexander Rossi remains in the championship hunt heading into the season finale weekend, sitting 41 points behind Josef Newgarden and a single point ahead of Simon Pagenaud. In order for Rossi to claim the title, Newgarden can finish no higher than fifth…

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DHL CELEBRATES 50 YEARS WITH SPECIAL HUNTER-REAY LAGUNA SECA INDYCAR LIVERY 

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 12, 2019) – When Ryan Hunter-Reay takes the track at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the NTT IndyCar season finale, his No. 28 DHL machine will take on a meaningful paint scheme as DHL celebrates 50 years since the company’s founding by three entrepreneurs in San Francisco in 1969. “The special 50th anniversary car livery…

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Race Report: NTT IndyCar Series

GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND
RACE REPORT
09.01.2019

The 2019 Grand Prix of Portland brought a podium finish and small climb in points for Alexander Rossi, while his teammates were not as fortunate, each suffering from on track incidents during the 105-lap event.

The NTT IndyCar Series now breaks for two weekends before the Series return to WeatherTech Race Laguna Seca for the season finale. A new champion will be crowned and the Astor Cup awarded on Sept. 22 with live coverage via NBC.

ALEXANDER ROSSI, No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA

  • STARTED 7th // FINISHED 3rd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (552 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Drove a clean race to collect a podium finish with a third-place result // Climbs back to second in the championship standings, 41 points behind leader Josef Newgarden and one point behind Simon Pagenaud in third

“It is not that I wanted more, I just wanted less for [Josef Newgarden]. The 27 NAPA Andretti Honda boys did a good job. We maximized what we had. I don’t think we had a race-winning car today, unfortunately. Starting in seventh and finishing on the podium is a good day. We finished in front of our championship rival. It will be pretty intense in California, but I am looking forward to it.”

MARCO ANDRETTI, No. 98 OBERTO CIRCLE K / CURB HONDA

  • STARTED 16th // FINISHED 13th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 16th (271 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Had a strong race start, running comfortably inside the top 10 through the first two stints // Had on-track contact with the 22 car on Lap 73, resulting in a front wing change and dropping the 98 car from sixth to 14th

“We just didn’t have the pace for the top six, but we were comfortably in a top-seven position. We got held up a little in the pits on our last stop which allowed [Simon] Pagenaud to have a go on me on cold tires, then he drove me off track. I wasn’t just going to let him go by, I had to put up a fight for my position. What should have been seventh or eighth for the Oberto team ended up as 13th.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, No. 28 DHL HONDA

  • STARTED 6th // FINISHED 18th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 7th (380 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Made contact with Car 60 on Lap 14 resulting in large damage to the 28 car // The car was repaired behind the wall and rejoined the race on Lap 28 // Hunter-Reay served a 30-second stop and go penalty for avoidable contact

“I feel terrible for the team. I was racing [Alexander] Rossi and got caught up in the fight, then broke too deep. I missed it by a good half a marker in the braking and got into Jack Harvey – feel bad for them. Apologies to the team, to DHL, AutoNation and our partners. We should have had a pretty good day today. This is one on me.”

ZACH VEACH, No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

  • STARTED 11th // FINISHED 22nd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 18th (247 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Was collected in a Lap 1 incident which damaged the 26 car // Because of track position and procedures, the car was not able to be returned to the garages for repair

“A frustrating day. The start was a bit messy, kind of had that stop and go thing. We got off to a good start and I passed a few cars on the inside going into [Turn] 1 then I just got hit with a rocket launcher from behind. We were going to stop and make the corner well enough, then I gained another 40mph from someone hitting me. I hated it for the guys involved. Once I got hit, I was basically a missile into the mess of the pack.”

GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND PRACTICE REPORT

Today saw two practice sessions and a Warm Up on the 1.964-mile track. Tomorrow will host a final practice session followed by qualifying for the 105-lap Grand Prix of Portland which goes green Sunday at 3:40 p.m. ET on NBC.

ALEXANDER ROSSI, No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA

  • Finished the day second overall with a best lap time of 0:57.5538

“We didn’t get a lap in on Reds, so I think our theoretical is being third quick. Overall, I’m super happy with the NAPA car. We’ll have to figure some things out overnight but overall I think the general pace is there and we just need to fine tune it.”

MARCO ANDRETTI, No. 98 OBERTO CIRCLE K / CURB HONDA

  • Finished the day fifth overall with a best lap time of 0:57.9006

“Practice 1 was alright – it’s always unclear with overtake. For Practice 2, I think we misread where the Reds were going to go so, we didn’t really wring it out. We ran the Warm Up on old tires, so we weren’t really anywhere. I think there’s more to come from the Oberto Circle K car.”

ZACH VEACH, No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

  • Finished the day ninth overall with a best lap time of 0:57.9619
  • Finished the Warm Up second on the timing charts

“Today went really good. I’m really happy with today. We were P7 this morning, and then P14 in the second session – but we never got a clean run on our reds, so I feel like that explains it. In the final Warm Up today, we were P2 and I feel that is the pace we have with the Gainbridge car. I’m excited to see what we can do tomorrow. We got our first [Firestone] Fast Six here last year and I think we have a car that is capable of that again. We just need a few more details in our recipe.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, No. 28 DHL HONDA

  • Finished the day 11th overall with a best lap time of 0:58.1618
  • Recorded the fastest time of the day’s Warm Up session

“It was a busy day. We are trying to work through a few issues we’ve had throughout the day. In the end, I think we found the issue, but it made it so that we couldn’t run the Reds in Practice 2. We had to run our Reds in Warm Up, which is actually an extension of Practice 2, I guess. Overall a bit of a muddied mess, but we figured out some things and hopefully tomorrow is a smoother day.”

Race Report: NTT IndyCar Series

Another year of racing in the shadow the St. Louis arch has come to a close, and yellows were the name of the game for the 248-lap Bommarito Automotive Group 500. Pit strategies and yellow flags played a heavy hand in delivering IndyCar an unexpected podium cast while fans packed the stands for a reported sell-out crowd.

There’s no time to rest for the IndyCar field as the transporters roll west, directly to Portland International Raceway for the penultimate event of the 2019 fight for the Astor Cup. The Grand Prix of Portland airs Sunday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

No. 28 DHL HONDA

  • STARTED 9th // FINISHED 8th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 7th (368 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Led his fuel strategy but was caught out by a yellow, settling the 28 car into the 8th position for the checkered flag // Reached as high as the second position during pit sequencing

“Unfortunately, luck didn’t go our way today. The DHL team had a really good fuel strategy going where we would have been P1 on our strategy. Which would have ended up panning out if that second-to-last yellow hadn’t come out. That was the one that really put us in. After saving fuel for so long, I think a top 10 – P8 – is about as good as we could hope for.”


No. 98 OBERTO SPECIALTY MEATS / CURB HONDA

  • STARTED 22nd // FINISHED 10th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 16th (254 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Credited with leading four laps during pit sequence and a caution period // Ran consistently in the top 10 and was on track for a podium finish before the final yellow of the race was brought out // Jumped 15 positions, the second most of any driver in the field (Kanaan +17, Daly +15)

“We hung in there and gave ourselves a lot of opportunity on going long and fighting through the vibrations and staying out. We almost bailed a couple times, but just hung tough and got the yellows and put ourselves in a decent position. I felt weak on restarts, which is usually one of my fortes. Not a bad night but I think the potential was a lot better.”


No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA

  • STARTED 11th // FINISHED 13th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 3rd (517 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Ran inside the top three during the second stint // Gambled on a fuel saving strategy following the last caution period but was unable to conserve the large number necessary, forcing the 27 to pit with 20 laps to go // Falls to third in the championship, 46 points behind the leader // Fought vibration on the tail end of each stint

“I think we had the car and we drove it up to P3 on pace. It’s just the way the Series works and the way the yellows fall sometimes. It can be frustrating. [Newgarden] spins and is unaffected; crashes in Toronto and is unaffected. It’s just the way it goes. I think the whole 27 NAPA Andretti Honda team did a really good job overnight, putting together a fast race car. We were able to get form 11th to 3rd and were content running up there and could run the same pace, if not quicker, than Josef. It’s unfortunate the way it goes down, the Series is really difficult. But we’ve got two more to go and we’ll just keep our head down and try to win races.”


No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

  • STARTED 15th // FINISHED 14th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 18th (239 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Made impressive passes on the outside and inside of cars all race long // Ran as high as fourth place with pit sequences but ultimately was not able to gain track position due to timing of caution periods

“Honestly, we were on the wrong end of a bad yellow all night. You never want the yellow to come out after you pit, because then you get trapped a lap down. Literally we pitted three times and the yellow came out within three laps each time. We just kept getting trapped a lap down, which wasn’t our fault. We had a car that was good enough to be in the top 10, we paced the race leader, we ran away from the race leader at one point – but was a lap down while doing it. The pace was there, but lady luck wasn’t.”

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