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NEWS: ANDRETTI GLOBAL ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BUILD HEADQUARTERS IN FISHERS, INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 22, 2022) – Andretti Global, the parent company of Andretti Autosport, has announced today that the team has chosen Fishers, Indiana, to be the future home of its universal motorsports headquarters. The team intends to build a 575,000 square-foot facility that will occupy approximately 90-acres alongside the up-and-coming Nickel Plate Trail, the Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve and near the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport. The new global headquarters would add up to 500 jobs to the local community by early 2026.  

The $200 million facility is planned to serve as the headquarters of Andretti’s global commercial functions and the base of operations for the team’s current NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indy Lights and IMSA programs and other future racing initiatives. In addition to housing day-to-day operations for the racing team, the building will be home to the advanced research and development of Andretti Technologies. The collaborative campus will feature modern technologies and create a work-life environment for the benefit of our team, fans and partners. 

The new campus will give Andretti Global the opportunity to welcome the community and race fans from around the world through involvement with the Fishers Parks Nature First program, planned indoor amphitheater and a museum and innovation center that will preserve and showcase the Andretti legacy and inspire the future of motorsports.  

Planning is underway on the new facility, with construction expected to begin in the fall of 2022, pending all relevant approvals. The building is projected to be operational by 2025. 

The team, led by Michael Andretti, operates worldwide in seven racing championships and across eight types of motorsport with 17 full-time drivers. Andretti first became a team owner in 2003 after retiring from his full-time driving career. Nearly two decades later, Andretti has built a diverse, global enterprise competing at the highest levels of motorsport and reaching all five habitable continents. In his time as a team owner, Andretti has collected 17 championship titles and 252 race wins – including five Indianapolis 500 victories, victory at the Bathurst 1000, a Sebring 12 Hour title and wins in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and Extreme E series. 

Pending approval of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) board of directors, the IEDC will commit an investment in Andretti Autosport of up to $19 million in the form of conditional tax credits and up to $125,000 in training grants based on the company’s plans to invest in its Indiana operations. The city of Fishers has approved additional incentives.
 
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, CHAIRMAN & CEO, ANDRETTI GLOBAL:  
“Indiana holds an important place in the history of racing, and in my career as a driver and an owner; I’m happy to confirm that the Racing Capital of the World will continue to be the home of our global racing efforts for a long time to come. We’re excited about our plans for the new campus and looking forward to becoming a part of the Fishers community.  “Over the past 20 years, I’ve worked to expand our operations and I’m proud of our steps to create a diverse racing portfolio. Our current facility has served us well. Our team has expanded in both competition and commercial areas and our people deserve the best environment and resources available. I’m excited to have so many of our teams under one roof as we continue to build and grow. For us, it’s about more than just having somewhere to work on the cars; it’s about having a global motorsport home and sharing that with our people, our fans and our sponsors to advance the sport and leave a lasting legacy.”  

MARISSA ANDRETTI, VICE PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT / MANAGING DIRECTOR, ANDRETTI TECHNOLOGIES: 
“Beyond being the base of operations and nerve center for our global teams, we’re building a destination where everyone can feel like part of the Andretti family. We are looking forward to our new headquarters serving as a gathering place for our team members and the community. Our employees are the heart of our business and our most valuable asset. It’s important to us that we create an engaging, campus culture and environment where we feel we can have longevity in our careers. Racing can be more than a job; it’s a way of life, and we’re working to build a sense of community beyond the workplace.”  

ERIC J. HOLCOMB, GOVERNOR, STATE OF INDIANA: 
“Indiana has long been the racing capital of the world, and Andretti Autosport’s commitment to growth here will only further cement our state’s leadership position in Motorsports and STEM related pursuits. This new campus will not only bring new, exciting employment opportunities and serve as an asset for one of our fastest growing communities but will also show just how much this living legacy, one of the most globally iconic brands known, continues to invest in the future of our great state.”  

BRAD CHAMBERS, INDIANA SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: 
“I am excited to celebrate this legendary racing family of entrepreneurs in their competitive quest to innovate in the global racing industry. Indiana continues to demonstrate leadership in this sector as well as its position as a premier destination for automotive, speed and mobility-focused industries.”  

SCOTT FADNESS, MAYOR, CITY OF FISHERS, INDIANA: 
“Partnering with Andretti to bring an incredible mix of innovation, visitor experiences and a commitment to the local community is a dream come true for this special property at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport. Fishers will be a welcomed home for the future of Andretti, and I look forward to celebrating their successes together.”  

STEVE DILLINGER, VICE PRESIDENT, INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS / VICE PRESIDENT, HAMILTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: 
“This is just one more of the great things that can happen, when the Government and the private sector work together. The Indianapolis Airport Authority, working with Mayor Fadness and Fishers, along with Hamilton County and the Andretti team, have created a relationship that is a win-win for all involved.”  

MARIO RODRIGUEZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT AUTHORITY:  
“In 2015, the Indianapolis Airport Authority and the City of Fishers partnered to maximize the use of this land and thus increase to an even greater level the quality of life for residents of Fishers. We are so pleased Andretti chose this location and supports the vision for this vital part of Fishers and the iconic team that leads this great effort.” 

BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500 WEEKEND PREVIEW

NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Round 14
WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY RACEWAY

Andretti Autosport nears the end of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season with one final oval race at World Wide Technology Raceway. The 1.25-mile oval is known for having varying degrees of banking in each of its turns and being egg-shaped. The Andretti Autosport team has collected multiple top-ten finishes in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 since the series returned to the track in 2017. 

FAST FACTS:

  • Colton Herta started the 2021 race from second, with Alexander Rossi starting inside the top 10 as well.
  • Romain Grosjean made his oval debut at the raceway in 2021
  • Devlin DeFrancesco participated in the rookie test at World Wide Technology Raceway prior to the race weekend
  • Michael Andretti won at World Wide Technology Raceway in 1999
  • With three races remaining in the 2022 season Herta and Rossi find themselves inside the top 10 of the drivers’ points standings

COLTON HERTA
NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA
“I’m really excited to get St. Louis. We had a really strong car there last year. We led a lot of the race but unfortunately had a mechanical issue. But it shows we had a lot of speed, so it’s exciting to get back there with that in mind.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI
NO. 27  NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA
“I’m excited for the St. Louis this weekend as we had a fast car last time around. This is always one we look forward to because the promoters do a great job, and it’s our only night race of the year.” 

ROMAIN GROSJEAN
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“World Wide Technology Raceway was my first oval last year and I had a blast. I’ve learned a lot about ovals and INDYCAR racing since and have used that, especially with the doubleheader in Iowa. Andretti Autosport had a good car there last year so I’m hoping we can have a strong weekend.” 

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
NO. 29 POWERTAP HONDA
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT

“The test last week went really well there. I think we made a lot of progress, and it was good to get a feel for the track. It makes me excited to get back to the track this weekend. Hopefully, we can build on the data we have and get a good race in.”

ROB EDWARDS
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT

“We had a mixed weekend at Iowa but I’m hoping that we can pick up where we left off at World Wide Technology Raceway last year, where Colton and Alexander had good speed and Romain had a strong race as a ‘rookie.’ The test last week with Devlin allowed us to try a few things to the benefit of the whole team. Looking forward to getting some results on the board.”

BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING REPORT

NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Round 13
STREETS OF NASHVILLE


DHL driver Romain Grosjean will start the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix second after making his third appearance in the Firestone Fast Six in the 2022 season. This is Grosjean’s second appearance in Firestone Fast Six on the streets of Nashville; he started the 2021 race sixth. The remainder of the Andretti Autosport lineup faired worse in qualifying. Devlin DeFrancesco, Colton Herta and Alexander Rossi did not advance out of group one due to limited time from red flags. Both DeFrancesco and Herta caused red flags during the session without turning a recorded lap.

ROMAIN GROSJEAN
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

QUALIFYING RESULT: 2LAP TIME: 1:14.6975″It feels perfect for all of us. We’ve worked very hard. We had a few issues and couldn’t get the car quite where we wanted it yesterday. A change we made for Practice One made the car come alive, and I knew we could work with that. Good job from all of the No. 28 DHL crew; they have been making so many changes. Olivier, my engineer, has been working hard as well. I think it’s important that we start at the front for tomorrow. I’m also happy for DHL, they’ve been such a great sport, and I’m ready for the race tomorrow.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI
NO. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA

QUALIFYING RESULT: 17LAP TIME: 1:21.4579

“Really disappointing. We didn’t even do a lap in qualifying on blacks or reds because of the red flag. That’s the way INDYCAR rules work; it is what it is. It’s disappointing because, obviously, we’ve been in the top six all weekend, our teammate is on the front row. I think we had the car to fight for it, and we didn’t even get the opportunity. That’s the way it goes sometimes and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

COLTON HERTA
NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

QUALIFYING RESULT: 23LAP TIME: N/A

I broke too late, got in a little too deep. The conditions were a little tricky; they were very slow compared to what we had earlier because of the rain that came through and kind of washed away a lot of the good rubber. I feel really bad. I screwed myself; I screwed Rossi and probably a few other guys that were just innocent bystanders.”

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
NO. 29 POWERTAP HONDA
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT

QUALIFYING RESULT: 25LAP TIME: N/A

“I don’t really know what to say. We didn’t get a lap in. I’m sorry to take away time from my teammates and others. There’s still plenty to look forward to tomorrow. I’m going to try and stay positive.”

PRACTICE REPORT, INDYCAR: BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GP

NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Round 13
STREETS OF NASHVILLE

The streets of Music City came alive today with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ return to Nashville. A total of 26 cars and drivers completed in the 75-minute practice session which saw roughly 65-minutes of green-flag running. This was the first session the NTT INDYCAR SERIES ran the Firestone Guayule Race Tires. Andretti Autosport used the session to reacquaint itself with the aggressive street course. 

ALEXANDER ROSSI
NO. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA

FAST LAP TIME: 1:16.7041P6 Completed only 16 laps during the session due time needed to repair a brake issue “Good to be back here in Nashville. The track seems to be pretty much the same, which is nice. We struggled with some braking issues but the team did a good job changing them during the session, which is never an easy task. The new, green alternate tires, I think, are fine. The performance seems to be a good step from the primaries.”

COLTON HERTA
NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

FAST LAP TIME: 1:16.8435P8 “The track today seemed very similar to last year, which is nice because I thought we had a very good car last year. It seems like there is a little bit to find, I’m not exactly sure where that is, but we’ll look tonight at things and figure it out.”

ROMAIN GROSJEAN
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

FAST LAP TIME: 1:16.9479P10 “First session in Nashville. Pretty fun track. The bridge is always a challenge with the bump. We’ve made some good setup work with the car. We couldn’t really get a good lap on the soft tire, but we have some good takeaways from the session.”

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
NO. 29 POWER TAP HONDA
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT

FAST LAP TIME: 1:17.5815P18 “Practice One done here at the Music City Grand Prix. We have a lot to do for tomorrow, I think. The first time around here, so we’ve been learning the track and also working on the car. It’s also our first time on the new Green, alternate sidewall tires, so we have a lot to take in and look through overnight.”

BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX WEEKEND PREVIEW

Source: Team PR

Andretti Autosport and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES head south to Nashville for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. 2022 is the second annual running of the street course, which made a significant impact in 2021 with the tight racing and on-track drama awing fans. Colton Herta took home the NTT Pole Award last season and nearly a win before an incident took him out of contention. With each driver showcasing capability this year, Andretti Autosport has its sights set on a strong qualifying and race effort. 

FAST FACTS:

  • Colton Herta returns as the 2021 Pole winner
  • Herta, Alexander Rossi and Romain Grosjean all competed in the 2021 Firestone Fast Six at the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix
  • Devlin DeFrancesco makes his debut on the street course
  • Andretti Autosport enters the weekend having collected two wins, four podium finishes and three NTT Pole Awards this season

COLTON HERTA
NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

“I’m really excited to go back to Nashville. It’s a great event for INDYCAR, and it’s a great track. Obviously, we saw some minor success there last year. We seemed really quick as a team last year. Hopefully, this year we see the same thing and can keep the momentum from Indy. I can’t wait to get there and get on the track.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI
NO. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA

“We’ve been looking forward to returning to Nashville since last year. It was such an amazing event, and we had awesome cars all weekend, so I can’t wait to get back there and hopefully be able to challenge at the front again.”

ROMAIN GROSJEAN
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“Nashville is an exciting place to go racing. Last year was a nice event and I’m looking forward to it again. We have had a strong package on street courses, so we will try to use it and get a good result.” 

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
NO. 29 POWERTAP HONDA
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPOR

“We are ready to send it around the streets of Nashville. We’re going to focus forward and use our tools to execute a good race. I’m excited for my first outing at Nashville. The team had a positive weekend in Indy, and they seemed to do well last year so I have confidence in this being a good weekend.”

ROB EDWARDS
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT

“Safe to say we have some unfinished business from Nashville last year. It’s a great event and we look forward to carrying our momentum from Toronto and the Brickyard GP into the weekend. Thankful to all the crew for their work over the last month with five races in four weeks. Nothing would be a better reward for the crew than finishing this stretch with another W.”

BRICKYARD GRAND PRIX WEEKEND RACE REPORT

NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Round 13
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Andretti Autosport collected its second win of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Alexander Rossi and the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/ AutoNation Honda took home top honors at the Gallagher Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rossi is the eighth driver to take home a win this year. Colton Herta also battled out for the win before mechanical issues ended his race early. Romain Grosjean fought to find pace while Devlin DeFrancesco battled to hold on to track position after making a stellar start.

ALEXANDER ROSSI
NO. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA

  • Is the fourth driver to claim wins on both the oval and road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • His first win of the season and first win since 2019 at Road America

“Relief is the main word. We’ve had some race wins we’ve thrown away and some where we just didn’t have the pace for whatever reason. We knew things were trending in a good direction this year. The one constant has been the mental strength of the whole team. It’s not just me. They go in every day and work their butts off and when they don’t get results, it’s hard for them as well. As a unit that’s one of our strengths is to just continue forward. It’s a big team win. A big thank you to Andretti Autosport.”

STARTFINISHCHAMPIONSHIP
218 (318 pts)

ROMAIN GROSJEAN
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

  • Advanced six positions over the course of the race
  • Finished 17th at the GMR Grand Prix in May

“First of all, congratulations to Alexander (Rossi) and the No. 27 team. On our side, it’s been a tricky weekend. We had some issues on Friday that we managed to resolve, but our pace wasn’t good enough for a result. We will analyze everything to make sure we can bounce back in Nashville.”

STARTFINISHCHAMPIONSHIP
221614 (259 pts)

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
NO. 29 POWER TAP HONDA
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT

  • Advanced six positions in the first two laps of the race
  • Finished 21st in the GMR Grand Prix in May

“That was a tough race but I think we learned some things we can take forward into the last few races of the season. I always say it, I have a great crew. The Andretti Steinbrenner No. 29 PowerTap Honda was strong. We showed that in qualifying, it just didn’t come together in the race today.”

STARTFINISHCHAMPIONSHIP
141823 (151 pts)

COLTON HERTA
NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

  • Retired on Lap 55 after driveline issues began on Lap 48
  • Led 17 laps in total

“The No. 26 Gainbridge Honda was strong all weekend. The crew did a great job with the setup, I think we were the car to beat honestly. We had the issue halfway through the race and there was nothing we could do at that point. I’m looking forward to Nashville. As a team, we’ve been strong on street courses so I think we’ll be in a good position.”

STARTFINISHCHAMPIONSHIP
92410 (285 pts)

BRICKYARD GRAND PRIX WEEKEND PREVIEW

NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Round 13
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course for its second run of 2022. The GMR Grand Prix kicked off the month of May and gave Andretti Autosport its first win of the season with Colton Herta in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda. In the last three years Andretti Autosport has been a constant podium contender. The team returns with the same motivation to capture another top spot in Indianapolis.

FAST FACTS:

  • Colton Herta won the 2022 GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Road Course
  • In 2021 Romain Grosjean finished second, Herta finished third and Alexander Rossi finished fourth on the Brickyard Grand Prix Weekend
  • In 2020 Rossi finished second and Herta fourth in Race One of the INDYCAR Harvest Grand Prix with Herta then finishing second and Rossi third in Race Two
  • While Devlin DeFrancesco has run the Indianapolis Road Course, this will be his first time participating in the Brickyard Weekend

COLTON HERTA
NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA
“I’m looking forward to racing the Indy road course again. We obviously had a pretty good car last time we were out there. We usually take really good cars there as a team. I think we can for sure get a podium and if we do everything right we can get another win.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI
NO. 27  NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA

“Ready to put last weekend behind us and get back on a road course. We had quite an eventful race the first time around in May, but feel that we have a very strong car and can’t wait to put that on display for the fans of both INDYCAR and NASCAR during this unique weekend.

ROMAIN GROSJEAN
NO. 28 DHL HONDA“Very much looking forward to getting back to Indy. It’s a track where I have many really great memories and where we have collected a lot of data. We have been testing and running the course on the simulator to validate some setup options and I’m looking forward to trying them to see if they work well on track. It’ll be a great event alongside NASCAR.” 

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
NO. 29 POWERTAP HONDA
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT
 “I’m excited to go back to the IMS road course. We’re going back with a different setup and new philosophy that we’ve tried as a team that’s worked on one of the cars. So, I’m looking forward to going out to and seeing what that’s like.” 

ROB EDWARDS
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT

“Hoping the weather will be better than it was for the race in May. Obviously, with Colton’s win, we have a good baseline for the event and all four drivers tested on the IMS Road Course in June so there’s reason to be optimistic going into the weekend.”

HONDA INDY TORONTO PRACTICE REPORT

NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Round 10
STREETS OF TORONTO

The competition received the green light for on-track action for the first time in three years on the streets of Toronto for the Honda Indy Toronto weekend. Andretti Autosport introduced Toronto-born driver Devlin DeFrancesco and Romain Grosjean to the track for the first time. Alexander Rossi returned in top form by topping the time charts. Colton Herta spent practice shaking down his car and sorting out the setup to finish inside the top 10. 


ALEXANDER ROSSI
NO. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA


FAST LAP: 1:00.609
FINISHED THE SESSION IN P1
“Good first day here in Toronto. It’s really great to be back after three years gone. It’s always an amazing city. It was a great turnout for Fans on a Friday, and the car is good. We’ll take that positivity into qualifying tomorrow.”
COLTON HERTA
NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA


FAST LAP: 1:00.8689
FINISHED THE SESSION IN 7TH
“We just wrapped up the first session for the Honda Indy Toronto. It was good to get feeling on track here in Toronto and good to be back. It’s an amazing track, amazing atmosphere and a great city to race in. I’m excited to be back. We started off with an okay day and ended up seventh. We’ve got some work to do, but happy where we started.”
ROMAIN GROSJEAN
NO. 28 DHL HONDA


FAST LAP: 1:01.3535
FINISHED THE SESSION 16TH
“First day in Toronto and first practice went pretty well. The track is definitely a challenge, but I enjoy driving here in Canada. We’ve got some good direction to work with tomorrow. Some of our teammates were super fast, so that’s really good and we’re going to make sure we put everything together for a good qualifying.”
DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
NO. 29 BITBUY / SUNNYBROOK HONDA
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT


FAST LAP: 1:01.5252
FINISHED THE SESSION 17TH
“Session One is done here at the Honda Indy Toronto. We ran through a few things for (qualifying) tomorrow. I think we look fairly decent on the (Firestone Alternate) Reds and have a little bit of work to do on the (Firestone Primary) Blacks, but all in all, not bad. Overall, I’m happy with the car. We will make a few changes overnight and find a few places on track for time, but I feel like the No. 29 Andretti Steinbrenner BitBuy Sunnybrook Honda is going to be strong tomorrow.”

HONDA INDY TORONTO WEEKEND PREVIEW

NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Round 10
STREETS OF TORONTO

Andretti Autosport returns to track north of the border for the Honda Indy Toronto. The streets of Toronto welcome back the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for the first time in two years due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Toronto has been a fan favorite for exciting race action since 1986. In 2022, the 11-turn, 1.786-mile circuit is sure to be packed with fans awaiting the return of one of Ontario’s largest sporting events.

FAST FACTS:

  • Devlin DeFrancesco pays homage to his home race with a special Sunnybrook Hospital livery to commemorate his “Racing for the Tiniest Babies” initiative
  • 2022 is Romain Grosjean’s debut on the Canadian street circuit
  • Alexander Rossi took home podium finishes in 2017 and 2019
  • Colton Herta finished the 2019 Honda Indy Toronto seventh
  • Andretti Autosport last won the Honda Indy Toronto in 2012 with Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Michael Andretti won the Honda Indy Toronto seven times in total: 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2000 and 2001.


COLTON HERTA NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

“Excited to go back to Toronto after a long break from racing in Canada. We haven’t run since the implementation of the aeroscreen. So it’ll be interesting to see how that changes our data from the last time we went. Hopefully, we can get a good finish for the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda.”



ALEXANDER ROSSI NO. 27  NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA

“After two years away, it is so exciting to head back to Toronto. It’s always been such an amazing event and on top of that, the energy of the city is second to none. We’ve been on the podium there in the past and will be looking to do the same again this weekend.” 

ROMAIN GROSJEAN NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“I’m Looking forward to discovering Toronto. It will be my first time in the city and at the track. I loved going to Canada during my F1 career so I’m sure that theme will keep going with INDYCAR.”



DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO NO. 29 BITBUY / SUNNYBROOK HONDA ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT

“I’m looking forward to Toronto because it’s my home race. We have a lot of hype around this weekend. I’m excited about the work we’re doing around Sunnybrook Hospital and the, ‘Racing for the Tiniest Babies’ campaign. I’m also excited for the awesome work we’re doing with BitBuy. They’re not only my primary sponsor here they’ve given me support all year. I’m looking forward to having a good weekend in our Andretti Steinbrenner No. 29 BitBuy Honda.”
 
ROB EDWARDS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT

“We’re looking forward to another race weekend and looking forward to being back on the streets of Toronto. Canadian fans have such a great love of INDYCAR racing and we’ve missed sharing what we do with them over the last two years. Time to set that right.”

SONSIO GRAND PRIX OF ROAD AMERICA QUALIFYING REPORT

NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Round 8
ELKHART LAKE’S ROAD AMERICA

Andretti Autosport and Alexander Rossi took the NTT Pole Award for the Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America after an intense qualifying session. Three of the four Andretti Autosport drivers reached the top 12, with rookie Devlin DeFrancesco nearly missing the transfer out of Group 1 on Firestone Black Tires. Romain Grosjean took one flying lap inside the top 12 and finished seventh after an electrical issue resulted in a lack of track time. Rossi and Colton Herta advanced to the Firestone Fast Six. Herta will start tomorrow’s race fifth.

ALEXANDER ROSSI
NO. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA

  • QUALIFYING RESULT: 1st, NTT Pole Award
  • LAP TIME: 1:44.8656

“Three years removed from my last pole, so I hope I remember what to do tomorrow. It’s been an amazing weekend for the whole team and the No. 27 guys have just been on it lately. It’s really really cool to come back to Road America where we’ve had a lot of success in the past. We have a big job ahead of us tomorrow, but the cars been spot on all weekend, so hopefully, we can go out and execute and bring this whole journey full circle from three years ago.”

COLTON HERTA
NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

  • QUALIFYING RESULT: 5th
  • LAP TIME: 1:45.5388

“We missed it a little bit in the (Firestone) Fast Six, otherwise we were really good. I was really happy with the balance on the Firestone (Alternate) Reds. We only missed it a tiny bit in the Fast Six, but we were close. I am happy with fifth and we will have to see what comes for the race.”

ROMAIN GROSJEAN
NO. 28 UNIFIRST/DHL HONDA

  • QUALIFYING RESULT: 7th
  • LAP TIME: 1:45.1543

“It was a hell of a lap. Obviously, the tires weren’t quite up to temperature, and I tried everything I could but just missed it by a tenth which was very impressive. We were dealing with a technical issue, so we just need to make sure that we understand it and don’t get it in the future. Seventh is a good place to start the race. The conditions are not easy and change every day. The track changed a bit from the first and second run, but I was up there. Thanks to my teammates – I kind of copied a setup after FP2 as we got a bit lost with engineering and got it back together and it worked.” 

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
NO. 29 POWERTAP HONDA
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT

  • QUALIFYING RESULT: 21st
  • LAP TIME: 1:46.0785

“Generally a tough day for us. We were on the transfer window on blacks and then ran out of fuel. It is just something we need to look at internally and regroup. Overall, the No. 29 PowerTap Andretti Steinbrenner Honda is good. We have work to do tomorrow.”

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