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GMR GRAND PRIX WEEKEND PREVIEW

NTT INDYCAR SERIES
ROUND 5
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Andretti Autosport welcomes the month of May to Indianapolis with the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. The 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course curves throughout the mounds of the IMS infield and includes Turn 1 and 2 of the famed Indianapolis 500 oval. In four of eight events the winner of the GMR Grand Prix has started on pole making qualifying day, Friday, May 13, and race day, Saturday, May 14, crucial days for crews and driver.

FAST FACTS:

  • Romain Grosjean was the 2021 pole sitter in the GMR Grand Prix and second-place finisher.
  • Colton Herta narrowly missed 2021 Firestone Fast Six with an eighth place qualifying run.
  • Alexander Rossi topped the time charts in 2021 Practice One.
  • Devlin DeFrancesco finished seventh and sixth in Race One and Race Two on the IMS Road Course in 2021 with the Indy Lights series.
COLTON HERTA
NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA “Really excited to be back in Indianapolis. The Grand Prix is always an exciting kick-off for the month of May. We’ve had very good pace in the past and are hopeful we will keep that trend going into this weekend.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI
NO. 27  NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA
“Hopefully, this weekend goes better than it has been going for us. It is pretty much 50/50 at this point. We have had moderate success in the GMR Grand Prix in the past but moderate success is ultimately hard to quantify. We will go out there and do our best as we kick off the most important month of the year.” 
ROMAIN GROSJEAN
NO. 28 DHL HONDA “Last year the races at IMS went well for me with one pole and two, second-place finishes. This year we will try to do as well or better. I feel like we do have a very fast car and are ready to win.”

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
NO. 29 POWERTAP HONDA
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT

“I’m super excited for the Andretti Steinbrenner No. 29 PowerTap Honda to take to the track for the GMR GP, it’s on a track I know from Indy Lights, and I think I was quite fast there. So, I’m looking forward to going back with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. I’m looking forward to going out and hopefully getting a good result before the Indy 500.”

ROB EDWARDS
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT

“Indianapolis in May. The GMR GP is a great opportunity to kick things off with a win before we turn our focus to the 500. We’ve had fast cars at Long Beach and Barber and we’ll be looking to continue that on the Indianapolis Road Course.”

Preview: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Andretti Autosport moves south to Barber Motorsport Park with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The 2.3-mile, 17-turn track offers up 80 feet of elevation and has become known as a track where passing comes at a premium for those unwilling to wait. Andretti Autosport will be fighting for its first win of the season, and its first win in Alabama since the No. 28 team took home back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014. The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama takes place Sunday, May 1, with coverage on NBC, NBC’s Peacock and internationally via the INDYCAR Live App.


FAST FACTS:

  • All four Andretti Autosport INDYCAR entries recently tested at Barber Motorsport Park.
  • Colton Herta fastest at the 13-car test.
  • Andretti Autosport last won the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in 2014.
  • Though it will be his first INDYCAR start at Barber, Devlin DeFrancesco holds two Indy Lights starts and the track, resulting in two, third-place finishes.

COLTON HERTA
NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

“I’m looking forward to getting back to Barber. It’s a fun track to drive. The surrounding area and the track itself are so well-manicured, it’s a really nice area. INDYCAR always puts on a good show so I can’t wait to take the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda there and get to work.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI
NO. 27  NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA

“Each time that we go back to Barber I find a reason to give it another chance and this weekend is no exception. We had a good test there last month and I feel confident in the car that we are going there with and I look forward to seeing what comes of it.”

ROMAIN GROSJEAN
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“Barber is where I made my debut in INDYCAR. It’s a very fast-flowing track. We had a good test session there and we will keep working on our car to extract the maximum out of it. I’m looking forward to seeing the fans in Alabama and I am happy Sunday is sold out.”

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
NO. 29 POWERTAP HONDA
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT

“I’m excited to get to work at Barber. We had a successful test there and I think the Andretti Steinbrenner No. 29 PowerTap Honda will be dialed in. I had a solid finish in Indy Lights last year with two, third-place finishes. It’ll be nice for me to be on a familiar track for the first time this season.”

ROB EDWARDS
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICE, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT

“The last three weeks have exposed us to all of the challenges that make INDYCAR unique; between the streets of Long Beach, the superspeedway at IMS and now the superb facilities of the permanent road course at Barber Motorsports Park. We tested at Barber Motorsport Park on the Monday before Long Beach as part of a 13-car test with Colton and Alex quickest in the morning, and Romain and Colton on point in the afternoon. The performance at the test gives confidence going into the race weekend, as always it will come down to execution to get the results that we want and need.”

DHL Delivered with Pride Returns for ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’

Photo Courtesy of Andretti Autosport

DHL Delivered with Pride Returns for ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’

  • DHL and Andretti Autosport celebrate inclusion message on racing’s biggest stage with the Indianapolis 500
  • Replica DHL Pride jersey to be available online and trackside at IMS with sales to benefit GLSEN

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2022) – The Andretti Autosport No. 28 DHL Delivered with Pride livery returns to the track, this time at the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge with Romain Grosjean behind the wheel. The livery, which showcases a memorable DHL Pride rainbow logo, carries a message of diversity, equity and inclusion, helping to promote a sense of belonging both inside and out of the workplace. 

DHL and Andretti Autosport first showcased the pride colors on the No. 28 to celebrate the 2021 June Pride month with races at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park and Road America. This year, DHL and Andretti Autosport will leverage the biggest motorsport event, the Indianapolis 500, to showcase not only the No. 28 pride branded car, but also pride branded merchandise, with the proceeds to benefit and help champion LGBTQ+ issues.   

Fans can take a stand with DHL by purchasing replica pride jerseys sold at the official IMS/INDYCAR trackside stores in May as well as on shop.indycar.com, benefiting GLSEN, an educational organization that works to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. DHL and Andretti Autosport also encourage and support the thousands of students participating in a nationwide day of silence on Friday, April 22 – a GLSEN initiative and national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ+ students and allies take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in schools. 

“Common values brought Andretti Autosport and DHL together over a decade ago, and we were reminded of these common values when working together on our Pride initiatives for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” said Christine Nashick, Chief Marketing Officer for DHL Express Americas. “We are excited to utilize the DHL Pride livery to raise awareness of being an ally to the community. Ultimately, we celebrate Pride because we know that creating a culture that is inclusive to all identities depends on all of us to be active allies for the LGBTQ+ community.” 

“We’re really proud to stand with DHL and once again bring the Delivered with Pride message to the racetrack” said Andretti Autosport Chairman and CEO, Michael Andretti. “The month of May is the perfect stage to promote diversity and help build a culture of inclusion. We look forward to seeing the DHL Pride livery on track during this week’s test days and again through the Indy 500.” 

The Delivered with Pride livery, which kicks off the 2022 Pride campaign, will first be seen in today’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES IMS Open Test, with live U.S. broadcast on Peacock and international streaming via INDYCAR Live! Fans can then support Romain Grosjean during his first Indy 500 when practice begins Tuesday, May 17. The 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge takes place Sunday, May 29, with a live broadcast on NBC. 

Photo Courtesy of Andretti Autosport

ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH RACE REPORT

NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Round 3 / April 10
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

Andretti Autosport celebrated its first podium finish of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season after Romain Grosjean wheeled the No. 28 DHL Honda to a second-place finish in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Alexander Rossi valiantly fought for his eighth-place finish earning his first top 10 of the season. Colton Herta and rookie Devlin DeFrancesco finished their days early due to contact after both turned laps as the race leader. The team gets back to work with the first closed-circuit race of the season on May 1 at Barber Motorsport Park.

ROMAIN GROSJEAN
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

  • Matched his career-best finish of second place, recording a fourth career INDYCAR podium.
  • Sponsor DHL celebrates its 12th anniversary on the No. 28.

“We had the right strategy with good pit stops. We all pushed hard and had a yellow that brought us back in the game. Without any push to pass left I was left a little shy. We were trying to get a win today. Next time.”

STARTFINISHCHAMPIONSHIP
626 (75 pts)

ALEXANDER ROSSI
NO. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA

  • Made his 100th INDYCAR career start.
  • His 8th place finish is his top finish of the 2022 season. 

“Silver linings of the day is that we finished and we finished in a position that has one digit instead of two. The car was good all weekend but we struggled a little bit with the tires in the first stint but the team did a great job with strategy. The pace on the Firestone Reds were good as well but we, unfortunately, lost some time in pit lane which makes for track position in INDYCAR these days.”

STARTFINISHCHAMPIONSHIP
5818 (40 pts)

COLTON HERTA
NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

  • Started from the pole and led a total of 28 laps.
  • Retired with damage following contact with the wall in Turn 9 on Lap 56.

“I feel bad because our car was really fast. We were good enough to win today, but you can’t do that if you’re in the wall. I think we had the right strategy, the right car. We’ll try again at Barber.”

STARTFINISHCHAMPIONSHIP
12311 (59 pts)

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
NO. 29 POWER TAP HONDA

ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT

  • Scored as race leader for the first time in his INDYCAR career on Lap 32.
  • Retired with damage following contact with the wall in Turn 9. 

“I just locked up the front tires and, unfortunately, I smacked the wall and ended our race early. The car was good. I was really pushing. I just want to say sorry to the crew. This is a rough day for everybody.”

STARTFINISHCHAMPIONSHIP
232527 (20 pts)

ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH WEEKEND PREVIEW

NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Round 3 / April 10
Long Beach, California

Alexander Rossi calls it ‘The Beach’ and this year it will serve as the two-time Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race winner’s 100th race start in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Long Beach also serves as a sort of homecoming for the California native who has plenty of competition in a teammate, fellow Californian and 2021 race winner Colton Herta. Romain Grosjean is hoping to earn his first win on the streets of Long Beach and rookie Devlin DeFrancesco is excited to make his first appearance at the street course. The palm trees and harbor build the backdrop to what the team hopes is a redemptive weekend.

FAST FACTS:

  • Alexander Rossi’s 100th INDYCAR race start
  • Colton Herta returns as the 2021 race winner
  • DHL celebrates its 12th anniversary on the No. 28
  • Team owner Michael Andretti, 2010 Long Beach Walk of Fame inductee, recorded first (1986) and last (2002) career wins in Long Beach
  • Andretti Autosport holds race wins at the last three runnings of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach [’18/’19 with Rossi, ’21 with Herta, the 2020 race was not ran due to the Covid 19 pandemic]

COLTON HERTA
NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA “I’m looking forward to Long Beach, my home race. It’s always the race that I look forward to the most outside of running the Indy 500. Long Beach is the race I grew up coming to, it sparked my love for INDYCAR racing. Last year I was lucky enough to win, which was just a dream come true. We want to replicate that performance. I think our street course cars were on point at St. Pete and hopefully, that continues this weekend.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI
NO. 27  NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA
“I’m super stoked to get to Long Beach this weekend. It is, without a doubt, one of my favorite races as it is always nice to be able to race in front of a home crowd. The support that we have there each year is crazy, and it will certainly be pushing us forward to have a great weekend.”

ROMAIN GROSJEAN
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“Long Beach is one of my favorite racetracks. I love the atmosphere of the west coast. I enjoyed my first experience last year, I was competitive. I want to build on what we had in St. Pete. We’ve got some good ideas to unlock the setup and get a little more pace. I want to make sure we have a good race and score as many points as we can. It would be an amazing place to get my first win, but the point is to focus and do the best we can. We’ll see Sunday if we are drinking champagne.”

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
NO. 29 POWERTAP HONDA
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT

“I’m pumped to get back to work and looking forward to experiencing a new track. I’ve been focusing on working with the guys to prepare for Long Beach. I want to get a good result for the team and get back on track with our season goals. There are so many people that work so hard to make this happen every weekend and I want to put a smile on their faces Sunday.”


ROB EDWARDS
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICE, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT

“Coming off a challenging event at Texas we’re looking forward to getting back to the streets of Southern California. Andretti Autosport has won the last three races at Long Beach with Alex in 2018 and 2019 and Colton last year. High expectations going into the weekend and a great opportunity to get 2022 back on track.”

FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG RACE REPORT

NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Round 1
St. Petersburg, Florida
Andretti Autosport completed race one of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES with moments to celebrate and lessons to take to the drawing board. Drivers Colton Herta and Romain Grosjean finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Alexander Rossi led 10 laps but situations out of his control relegated him to the rear of the field. Meanwhile, rookie Devlin DeFrancesco soaked in the physicality of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in his first ever INDYCAR race.  

COLTON HERTA NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

“The Gainbridge car was very good. We had a clean race which is how you want to start off the year. We were running fifth but got (Rinus) VeeKay there at the end to finish fourth. I am happy about how today’s race went. Even with struggling with some problems that prevented us from going up the order a little more. Overall, I am pretty happy how today went and how the performance of the our Honda was today.”
STARTFINISHCHAMPIONSHIP
344 (32 pts)

ROMAIN GROSJEAN NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“The first race of the season is done and we came away with a double top five – fourth for Colton (Herta) and fifth for myself. We lacked a bit of something today but we are going to work hard to come back next race. The next street course is Long Beach so we should be good there. I am looking forward to going testing in Texas now.”
STARTFINISHCHAMPIONSHIP
555 (30 pts)

ALEXANDER ROSSI NO. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA

“Nothing really went our way. I think the car was pretty good. Our pace was good when we had clean air. I think we had an aggressive strategy. It could have worked but we had an issue in pitlane where we couldn’t get a tire off. That hurt us, but ultimately a disappointing day. We’ll put this all behind us and move on.”
STARTFINISHCHAMPIONSHIP
132020 (11 pts)

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO NO. 29 POWERTAP HONDA ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT

“First INDYCAR race in the books here at St. Pete. The speed seemed to be quite mega. I think the three-stop strategy hurt us a little in the end and getting past the lap traffic. With learning we were catching up to Rossi in the end there. The whole No. 29 crew did a very good job. We have some work to do on pit stops on my end, we lost a bit of time there. I have to thank PowerTap, Jones Soda, Wesana, Fyllo, Damon Motorcycles, Kimoa and Simply Mac. Just everybody that made this happen. Super happy with how everything went.”
STARTFINISHCHAMPIONSHIP
182222 (8 pts)

ZAPATA COMPUTING PREPARES ANDRETTI FOR QUANTUM ERA

INDIANAPOLIS / BOSTON (Feb. 22, 2022) – Andretti Autosport is always seeking a performance edge over the competition, and Zapata Computing is on a mission to provide customers with a competitive advantage with quantum-ready software and infrastructure. Today, the two companies announce that they have entered into a multi-year partnership that includes brand sponsorship and a multi-million-dollar agreement to deploy and leverage Zapata’s platform, Orquestra, in search of race day success with advanced analytics and quantum techniques.

The partnership names Zapata as the Official Quantum Computing Provider of Andretti Autosport and the team’s advanced technology arm, Andretti Technologies. Applied quantum computing technology and methods could boost the performance of even the most powerful classical computers, especially in optimization, Machine Learning (“ML”) and simulation use cases. This is where Orquestra, Zapata’s quantum-classical software platform, built for enterprise scale, comes into play.

Andretti engineers will work trackside from the Zapata Performance Innovation and Technology (P.I.T.) Center, a mobile engineering environment where accelerated analytic capabilities are powered by Orquestra, bringing real-time performance edges to Andretti’s team at NTT INDYCAR SERIES events. The Zapata P.I.T. Center is built to provide Andretti’s engineering team enhanced efficiencies over their current infrastructure and analytics solutions—beginning with advanced ML and optimization work, and increasingly using quantum techniques as the technology matures during the course of the partnership.

“The Zapata team is thrilled to partner with Andretti and put our Orquestra quantum software platform to work in the pursuit of a competitive edge that no other racing team can match,” said Christopher Savoie, CEO of Zapata. “The Zapata P.I.T. Center’s analytics environment is this ‘edge’ manifested in a real world, mobile and deployed setting. Our companies have the same DNA of always competing to win, and we can’t wait until the 2022 season kicks off to begin putting all this work into action.”

“We’re excited to be working with a true leader in quantum computing through our partnership with Zapata,” said Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport Chairman and CEO. “INDYCAR racing is all about finding every possible edge and then maximizing it. Zapata’s expertise gives us that advantage through their Orquestra quantum software platform and expert scientists and engineers. The partnership is going to propel both organizations to great things this year and beyond.”

Photo Courtesy of Andretti Autosport

DEFRANCESCO CONFIRMED TO PILOT NO. 29 ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT INDYCAR

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO CONFIRMED TO PILOT ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT’S NO. 29 HONDA
INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 4, 2021) — Graduating from the Road to Indy ladder, Devlin DeFrancesco has been confirmed to pilot Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport’s No. 29 Honda for the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. The Italian-Canadian driver made his first outings behind the wheel of an Indy car at two recent test days with Andretti Autosport and will make his first official race start on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida in February.

“We’re thrilled to keep Devlin in the Andretti Autosport family as he makes his final jump up the Road to Indy ladder into INDYCAR,” said Michael Andretti, CEO and Chairman, Andretti Autosport. “Devlin has been a great addition to our Indy Lights program and has showed a lot of growth and strength at the recent test days. I think he’ll continue to grow with INDYCAR and I’m really glad that we could again partner with George and the Steinbrenner Racing team for the No. 29.”

“Two years ago, we started a journey with Devlin with the intent to one day take him all the way to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and I’m thrilled that day has come,” said George Steinbrenner IV, CEO, Steinbrenner Racing. “From Indy Pro 2000 to Indy Lights and now to INDYCAR, he really impressed with his two initial days in an Indy car and we’re excited to see him in action in 2022.”

After making his Road to Indy debut in 2020 with Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport in Indy Pro 2000, DeFrancesco has quickly ascended the Road to Indy ladder moving into Indy Lights in 2021 and ultimately into the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2022. DeFrancesco earned the Rookie of the Year title and finished second in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship in 2020 and scored two podiums, nine top-five finishes, and 18 top-10 finishes in his Indy Lights debut season in 2021.

“I am incredibly grateful to Michael (Andretti) and George (Steinbrenner IV) for the belief they have shown in me over the past two seasons moving up the Road to Indy ladder,” DeFrancesco said. “To now take that final step into INDYCAR with two of the world’s biggest names in sports – Andretti and Steinbrenner – is an incredible opportunity that I can’t wait to take full advantage of. I have three very experienced teammates to learn from and that is what makes this opportunity even more exciting. To get to race in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport and to contest the Indianapolis 500 is a dream come true and I’m so looking forward to getting started.”

DeFrancesco rounds out the Andretti Autosport 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES lineup joining already announced drivers Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Honda), Colton Herta (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda) and Romain Grosjean (No. 28 DHL Honda).

The 21-year-old’s debut INDYCAR season will again be supported by his 2021 Indy Lights sponsors including hydrogen production and dispensing fueling infrastructure innovators, PowerTap Hydrogen; Kimoa – the fashion, clothing, and accessories brand founded by Fernando Alonso; world-class racing simulator manufacturer AIS; Apple’s largest premium retail partner, Simply Mac; Seattle, WA-based Jones Soda Co; software and services company Fyllo; Seattle-WA and Miami, FL-based Sol Yoga.


For more information, visit www.AndrettiAutosport.com.

2021 Grand Prix of Long Beach – Preview

2021 Grand Prix of Long Beach

Arrow McLaren SP Race Preview
Streets of Long Beach
Date: Sunday, September 26th
Round: 16/16
Race laps: 85 laps
Total race distance: 167.28 miles/269.21 km
Length: 1.96 miles/3.19 km
Number of turns: 11

Session start times:
Practice 1: Friday, 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. ET
Practice 2: Saturday, 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. ET
Qualifying: Saturday, 3:05 – 4:20 p.m. ET
Warm Up: Sunday, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. ET
Green Flag: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET
TUNE IN:

Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“I am excited to see all the Mexican flags around Long Beach. I can’t think of a better place to end the season. We have a shot at winning the title and we will for sure be giving it everything! I want to thank the entire Arrow McLaren SP team for all the hard work they have put in all season long to put us in position to compete for the title in the last race. That was our goal and here we are.”


Felix Rosenqvist – No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

“Personally, I’m kind of happy to be putting this season behind us as it’s been a rough one. It’s still been fun. It’s been a good year in many ways, but really disappointing result. In Long Beach there’s one goal, try to win the race. That would make for a happy ending for this year. My teammate Pato is trying to win the title and hopefully as a team we will be in position to do so. We’re looking forward to closing the year with a high.”


Taylor Kiel – President, Arrow McLaren SP

“We’re at the final event of the year, the Long Beach Grand Prix, certainly an iconic event on the NTT INDYCAR Series schedule. What a pleasure it is to be able to close out the season here. What a great year it’s been, certainly for Pato and the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet competing at the front of the grid all year long. The boys and girls at the shop have done a fantastic job all year of making sure the preparation was where it needed to be and that we were putting ourselves in position. I’m very proud of that and excited to get there this weekend and still have a shot at the championship. Hopefully we can close this thing out the right way.

For Felix and the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet team, this has certainly been a trying season but I’m proud of the work they have put in. We have made some real progress on that side and I think Felix could really excel this weekend in Long Beach. It would be great for him to end the season with some momentum going into 2022.”

GAINBRIDGE AND COLTON HERTA TO REMAIN WITH ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT WITH MULTI-YEAR EXTENSION

Gainbridge will continue to call Andretti Autosport home with Colton Herta behind the wheel of the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES as both extend their tenure with the team via a multi-year agreement starting with the 2022 season. Strong results kicking off the 2021 championship have marked a successful start to the first year of Colton Herta representing the Gainbridge brand on track.

“We’re excited to officially welcome Gainbridge and Colton Herta back to the Andretti Autosport family for years to come,” said Michael Andretti, Chairman and CEO, Andretti Autosport. “Colton has already shown so much potential in the short time he’s been in the series and having a great partner like Gainbridge recognize and support that potential is great for everyone. If the start to the 2021 season is any indication of the future success for the 26-car’s program, I think we have a lot to look forward to over the next few years.”

During the past offseason, Herta transitioned within the team to pilot Andretti Autosport’s No. 26 Gainbridge Honda. This season is Herta’s third year of NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition and marks the fourth year of sponsorship for Group 1001 under the Gainbridge brand, and a fifth season overall. Gainbridge is a digital platform providing simple and direct access to trusted financial products to help clients grow their money for goals big and small, not just for retirement. The products Gainbridge offers provide three key benefits: steady growth, simplicity and transparency.

“We are very pleased with our partnership with Colton Herta as he is a great ambassador for Group1001 and the Gainbridge brand,” said Dan Towriss, CEO and President, Group1001 and Gainbridge. “We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Colton and Andretti Autosport through 2023.”

Only four races into the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, Herta added another pole and win to his resume when he swept the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend. Herta and the Gainbridge team currently sit seventh in the championship standings, only 50 points behind the current championship leader. In just 36 starts in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Herta has recorded five poles, four wins, tying his father for career wins, and has led over 350 laps.  

“I’m incredibly happy to be back with Andretti Autosport for the next two years. I’ve grown so much with this team, so it was a no-brainer when I got the chance to re-sign with Michael,” said Herta. “With the support of Dan Towriss and Gainbridge, there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll be threats everywhere we go.”

Herta will kick off the ‘Month of May’ in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda at the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course this weekend. NBC will cover Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix at 2:30 p.m. ET before transitioning to the Indianapolis 500 festivities beginning May 18 on the iconic 2.5-mile oval.

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