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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

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 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.



  • Wilson and LOHLA SPORT to complete Andretti Autosport’s six-car Indy 500 lineup
  • Premier women’s golf lifestyle brand LOHLA SPORT to make their debut in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indianapolis 500 for Wilson’s third start at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing

INDIANAPOLIS (May 4, 2021) — Andretti Autosport announced today that Stefan Wilson and new partner LOHLA SPORT will join the five-time Indianapolis 500 winning team for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 to complete the team’s six-car lineup. Wilson, who ran the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport and competed for the team in Indy Lights, will team up with the new premier women’s golf lifestyle brand to run the No. 25 LOHLA SPORT Honda.  

“We’re excited to not only welcome Stefan back to the team, but also to have a new partner in LOHLA SPORT come on board to experience their first Indy 500,” said Michael Andretti, Chairman and CEO, Andretti Autosport. “We have a great history with the Wilson family and we’re hopeful we can build on successes we’ve had in the past this May.” 

“After leading laps with Andretti Autosport at the Indianapolis 500 in 2018, I’m hungry to return and finish the job. I’ve worked tirelessly to make this return happen and I am so thankful that LOHLA SPORT has believed in me to represent them,” said Wilson. “It’s a dream come true to rejoin Andretti and also partner with Honda once more in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The icing on the cake is we get to do this with a brand new company in LOHLA SPORT, a premium women’s apparel brand already captivating the golf lifestyle scene. Among the fans and partners involved with the Indianapolis 500, we have a huge amount of golf enthusiasts, so I’m excited to get them exposed to what LOHLA SPORT is all about. None of this would have happened without Don and Carolyn Cusick, who are avid racing and golf enthusiasts and also shareholders in LOHLA SPORT. This program also represents the birth of Cusick Motorsports, and I am hopeful the 2021 Indianapolis 500 will be a springboard to many exciting opportunities for the Cusick Motorsports brand in the future. Lastly, I am thankful to have Expedia Group’s VIP Access join the effort, along with Menlo Ventures, VSRS and Liberty Group.”

Debuting in January of 2021, LOHLA SPORT has quickly captivated the golf, country club and resort market.  The brainchild of recognized fashionista Lisa O’Hurley, former Golf Channel and GOLFINO executive with more than two decades in the industry, the brand’s impeccable sense of style features colorful, on-trend European designs with Los Angeles flair.  Formal collaboration with London-based Paul Rees – renowned creator of countless Burberry, Aquascutum and GOLFINO hits – has LOHLA SPORT in roughly 100 exclusive golf shops coast to coast. 

“Taking this cool, market-broadening road to Indy doesn’t happen every day,” said O’Hurley.  “LOHLA SPORT is proud to support women who love golf and love all sports as our outfits are fit for the course, court, racetrack and everywhere between.” 

Also joining the effort is Cusick Motorsports, created by Don and Carolyn Cusick as a business incubator in racing; VIP Access, Expedia Group’s network of premium, invitation-only properties; VSRS, specializing in forging exclusive relationships in the automotive sector; Menlo Ventures, an investment firm having backed 70+ public companies and Liberty Group, specializing in wealth management, tax planning and estate law.

“As a lifelong INDYCAR fan I have always wanted to attend the Indianapolis 500 live, but never found my way there until now,” said Don Cusick. “Thankfully the stars aligned this year, meeting Stefan Wilson and creating this amazing partnership. From casually asking Stefan if he had any contacts for great seats at Indy and half-jokingly telling him the best seat would have him driving in it. As it turns out I’m getting the second-best seat in the house as the sponsor of the number 25 Andretti Autosport Indy car driven by Stefan. LOHLA SPORT is a company I am invested in, owned by our family friend Lisa O’Hurley. I couldn’t be more excited for the month of May and this opportunity to sponsor Stefan Wilson, one of the truly great people in motorsports.” 

The No. 25 LOHLA SPORT Honda and Wilson will make their 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut on with Opening Day on May 18 before the green flag waves for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, May 30 with broadcast on NBC.


INDIANAPOLIS (April 28, 2021) –  Andretti Autosport welcomes back Ruoff Mortgage as the team’s official home mortgage partner for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR® SERIES season. Ruoff Mortgage will serve as an associate partner across all four full-season Andretti Autosport entries as well as the No. 98 entry in the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. 

“Like Andretti Autosport, Ruoff Mortgage thrives on speed, technology, innovation and precision, which continues to make this an ideal partnership,” said Mark K. Music, President and CEO of Ruoff Mortgage. “Not only are we thrilled to be a part of the Indy 500 tradition on the Gleaners car, but we’re excited to ride along through the rest of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season with Andretti’s world-class drivers. We look forward to another great year of racing and engaging the loyal fans.” 

Ruoff Mortgage’s partnership with Andretti Autosport dates back to 2017, when they joined the team as primary partner to what would be Takuma Sato’s Indianapolis 500 winning car. The relationship continued in 2018 as Ruoff Mortgage was featured as the primary partner on Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Honda on the streets of St. Petersburg and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, on Carlos Munoz’s Indianapolis 500 entry and on-board Alexander Rossi’s No. 27 Honda at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit – where Rossi scored pole position for Race 2 of the doubleheader. 

In addition to the partnership with Andretti Autosport, Ruoff Mortgage will also serve as the presenting partner of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Fastest Seat in Sports and INDYCAR Experience two-seater program available to VIP guests on race weekends. Driven by racing legend Mario Andretti and featuring a celebrity, dignitary or influencer in the passenger seat, the Ruoff Mortgage Fastest Seat in Sports will help lead the field to the green flag at 15 races throughout the 2021 season.

“We are very excited to welcome Ruoff Mortgage back to the team,” said Michael Andretti, Chairman and CEO, Andretti Autosport. “The team and Ruoff have had a lot of success together dating back to Sato’s 2017 Indy 500 win and we are looking forward to celebrating more victories and successes in the 2021 season. It is also cool to see Ruoff as the primary partner of the Fastest Seat in Sports and keeping it ‘in the family’ with Mario behind the wheel.”

The Andretti Autosport stable heads to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for a doubleheader event starting with the Genesys 300 on Saturday, May 1. 

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Andretti Autosport Expands Development Program with Addition of Wheldon Brothers

Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon will carry the Andretti Autosport banner as junior development drivers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Friday, April 24, 2021) — Andretti Autosport has announced an expansion to the team’s development efforts with the addition of brothers Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon as junior drivers. Through its history, Andretti Autosport has been committed to developing driver, crew and engineering talent across its wide range of operations.

“Dan was family to us, and we had a lot of on track success together, we see a lot of Dan in both Sebastian and Oliver and are very proud to officially welcome them into our racing family,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “No one will ever be able to replace Dan in their lives, but we’re happy to offer a network for mentorship to help the boys grow their careers. Karting is the first step, but we have hopes of helping foster promising Road to Indy, and eventually even INDYCAR opportunities.”

Dan Wheldon famously said that he had to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing twice so that each of his sons, would have a Baby Borg Warner trophy. Already winning races in karting, the two boys are now on the path to winning their own “Baby-Borgs” by joining Andretti Autosport.

“I’m really excited to be a junior driver for Michael Andretti and follow in my dad’s footsteps. I hope Oliver and I can both win the Indy 500 too,” said Sebastian, 12.

“It would be so cool to race for Andretti Autosport one day. I think we will get to win a lot of races, just like my dad,” said Oliver, 10.

Under the new mentorship program, the Wheldons will carry the Andretti shield into three national level karting series: Rok Cup USA, Super Karts USA and United States Pro Kart Series while competing with JC Karting. The boys will receive oversight and career guidance from Michael Andretti and the Indianapolis-based team where, the late Dan Wheldon recorded his first Indy 500 victory in 2005. Through the years, Andretti Autosport has helped bring dozens of drivers through the ranks of open wheel racing through their Road to Indy efforts.

“I am so grateful to Michael for taking Sebastian and Oliver under his wing,” said Susie Wheldon. “The junior ranks of racing are so difficult to navigate and to have the support of Andretti Autosport’s engineering resources will, I’m sure, make all the difference. I am reminded of Dan every time the boys pull on their helmets as they have the same determination and winning attitude. They often show some of Dan’s other traits too. Good luck, Michael – #DoubleTrouble!”


The No. 98 Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana / Andretti Herta-Haupert Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian No. 98 that Marco Andretti will attempt to qualify for the the 105th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge (Photo Courtesy of INDYCAR – Chris Owens)

INDIANAPOLIS (April 6, 2021) – Andretti Autosport has announced today that Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, with supporting partner Group1001, will serve as the primary sponsor on the No. 98 Honda of Marco Andretti and Andretti Herta-Haupert Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is on the fast track to accelerate awareness of food insecurity throughout Central Indiana with their No One Runs on Empty initiative, which was launched in 2020 alongside their partnership with Andretti Autosport.   

The 2020 #NoOneRunsOnEmpty campaign was highlighted by the No. 88 Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Honda piloted by Colton Herta for all three races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (GMR Grand Prix, 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500, and INDYCAR Harvest GP). As the end of the pandemic is hopefully in sight, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is mindful that as the vaccine is distributed and there is a slow return to normalcy, hungry Hoosiers will still need help. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana plateaued at more than double the families served before COVID-19 and the effects of the pandemic will have a longer lasting impact on those families who are new to food insecurity, over 40% of which are now being served by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.  

“The No One Runs on Empty awareness campaign launched last July with key goals of raising awareness of the impact of food insecurity on the lives of our neighbors, and spurring action in the form of advocacy, volunteerism, or donations. By any measure, that effort was a success,” said John Elliott, CEO, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. “We also hoped for continued development of our partnership with Andretti Autosport, and the addition of new mission partners who were drawn to our mission and to those we serve. The Andretti family became part of the Gleaners team in every way and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway stepped forward in a big way, allowing us to host mobile pantries on site, and engaging with Gleaners as an official charitable partner. And today, we welcome a new mission partner – Group1001 – who heard our message in 2020 and wanted to be a part of it in 2021. No one runs on empty – certainly not Marco – but even more critically, the nearly 1 million Hoosiers who may face food insecurity at this very moment.” 

The 2021 No One Runs on Empty Indy 500 effort is made possible with the support of Group1001. “Group1001, a financial services group including Gainbridge, the presenting sponsor of the Indianapolis 500, is proud to partner with Gleaners and Andretti Autosport to further our mission to help drive positive social change. Our Corporate Social Responsibility programs to date have spanned more than 25 states, positively impacting more than 200,000 kids and families,” said Melissa Jacobs, Sr. Vice President of Sponsorships and Corporate Communications, Group1001. “Food is the fuel that drives success and Group1001 is honored to support this No One Runs on Empty campaign with Gleaners and Andretti Autosport to help lessen the worry and burdens of Indiana families.” 

“It’s been an honor to team up with organizations like Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and Group1001 to help drive out hunger in our hometown,” stated Michael Andretti, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Andretti Autosport. “It’s been a tough year for a lot of people and the work that Gleaners is doing during this pandemic has been impressive to say the least. We’re proud to be able to provide a platform for them to not only raise awareness but also elevate their mission through our INDYCAR program.”  

After announcing that he would be stepping away from full-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition and refocusing his racing career after the 2020 season, Marco Andretti is set to make his 2021 INDYCAR return this May at the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. He will make his 16th start on the iconic oval and hopes to build upon his 2020 pole position and numerous competitive finishes over the years to get his first Indianapolis 500 win.  

“I’m ready to get back on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this May and I’m very excited that I get to do that while representing such a great organization like Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and Group1001 to help make sure No One Runs On Empty,” said Marco Andretti. “I have put all of my focus into winning the Indianapolis 500 this year and I feel that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is where I bring the most to the table as a driver. I have come so close to winning over the years and after winning the pole last year, I’m more determined than ever to get an Indianapolis 500 win.”  

The No. 98 and Marco Andretti will make their 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut on the first day of Indianapolis 500 practice in the month of May but will first be seen taking part in a two-day, 22-car test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Thursday and Friday.

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  • Steinbrenner Racing and Andretti Autosport again align for INDYCAR racing effort
  • Capstone Turbine to take primary sponsorship of the No. 29 Honda for six races to support #ShiftToGreen campaign  

INDIANAPOLIS (February 18, 2021) — Andretti Autosport has announced today that the team will again join forces with Steinbrenner Racing to field the NTT INDYCAR SERIES entry piloted by James Hinchcliffe. Recognizable partner Capstone Turbine Corporation ( (NASDAQ: CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, will return with their #ShiftToGreen campaign as the primary partner on the No. 29 Honda for six races in the upcoming 2021 NTT INDYCAR® SERIES season. Paired with Genesys, who was previously announced to primary 10 races with Hinchcliffe, today’s sponsorship confirmation further rounds out the season for the fan-favorite driver. 

“We are looking forward to continuing to expand the winning relationship with Capstone Turbine and helping them grow green energy brand awareness by assisting them with new B2B introductions and expanding current relationships with other sponsors that are Capstone end users,” stated Michael Andretti, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Andretti Autosport. “We’re also pleased to welcome George and the Steinbrenner Racing team back into the Andretti fold. We’ll be working together on this entry for Hinchcliffe this year, as well as the Indy Lights car for Devlin DeFrancesco.” 

The 2021 season will be Hinchcliffe’s 11th year competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and his fifth in the Andretti Autosport stable. In his 145 starts, he has recorded six wins, one pole, 32 top-five finishes and has led a total of 781 laps. “I’m really excited to be joined up with Capstone for a handful of races in 2021,” said Hinchcliffe. “Working with a company that is essentially trying to save the world is such a cool experience. I think the need for green energy is very apparent and it’s something that affects and helps everyone. Being a part of educating people on what we can do better and how we can be better is something that’s really exciting. Obviously, the goal is to win and the best way to raise awareness is to get the #ShiftToGreen Honda into victory lane and tell people about what we’re trying to do. It’s also great to be working with George and Steinbrenner Racing. They’ve only been together a short while, but the results have come already and that speaks to the people in that organization, so I’m really happy to be in the Andretti Steinbrenner program” 

“The Mayor of Hinchtown will now add Grand Marshal to the Capstone World to his resume. When he is not driving at 240 miles per hour on an INDYCAR circuit, James will be helping Capstone educate fans on the types of alternative energy sources that are accelerating the global shift to green energy,” stated Darren Jamison, Capstone’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The energy landscape is changing, and we are excited to have James both behind the wheel and as our brand ambassador. The valuable business relationships we have developed with the support of George Steinbrenner IV and Michael Andretti offers Capstone a platform to reach the racing community and help more companies save money and lower their carbon footprint.” 

The Capstone green and white livery made its NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut in 2019 on the streets of Toronto with Colton Herta and Harding Steinbrenner Racing and continued through the season finale at WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca where Herta scored a victory from pole position. In 2020, the Herta sponsorship extended the relationship between Andretti Autosport and Capstone Turbine, which began at Texas Motor Speedway during the month of May in 2019 with driver Alexander Rossi who was the first INDYCAR driver to put Capstone Turbine on the podium with a second-place finish. 

“We are very happy to continue our partnership with Capstone,” said George Michael Steinbrenner IV, owner, Steinbrenner Racing. “It has been a great journey taking this partnership from a single race sponsorship in 2019 to a strong and sustainable pact. Working with Capstone has opened our team to a world of green energy initiatives that we continue to seek to bring to the INDYCAR paddock.”  

“Being able to continue into our fifth season partnered with Andretti Autosport feels like we’re keeping the family together,” added Steinbrenner. “It looks a bit different this year, but we are greatly looking forward to working with a great driver and human in James Hinchcliffe as well as continuing to maintain our success on and off the track.” 

Capstone Turbine will serve as the primary partner on the No. 29 Honda at Texas Motor Speedway (Race 2), the INDYCAR Grand Prix, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the streets of Nashville, Portland International Raceway, and the season finale race on streets of Long Beach.  

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INDIANAPOLIS (January 26, 2021) – NTT INDYCAR SERIES fan favorite, James Hinchcliffe will be back with Andretti Autosport in the No. 29 Honda. Hinchcliffe will be sporting the Genesys orange for 10 races throughout the 2021 season, including the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500.   

“We’re really excited to have Hinch back in the car for 2021 and thrilled to welcome Genesys again to the Andretti family, this year in an expanded role,” said Andretti Autosport Chairman & CEO Michael Andretti. “This is just the first step in many exciting things for the No. 29 and we know Genesys will be a great partner serving as the cornerstone to the season for James.”

Genesys, the global leader in cloud customer experience and contact center solutions, served as Hinchcliffe’s sponsor at three of INDYCAR’s marquee events in the 2020 season. The company boasts a major employee presence in Indianapolis with more than 50 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.  

“We’re building upon our tremendous partnership with James Hinchcliffe and Andretti Autosport. The success we have seen together goes beyond the deep connection Genesys has with the Indianapolis community,” said Tony Bates, CEO of Genesys. “James and the entire Andretti team are leaders on the track because they’re empowered with the right technology and data so they can make informed decisions at the right moment. That’s at the heart of every winning customer experience too, and what’s driving our momentum at Genesys.” 

The 2021 season will be Hinchcliffe’s 11th year competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, and his fifth in the Andretti Autosport stable. Accepting every challenge, he was one of the four Andretti Autosport entries to land in the Firestone Fast 9 during qualifying for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500, with no pre-season testing due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

“This program is something we’ve been working on since the day we signed our three-race deal with Andretti Autosport last March! Being back full time has always been the goal and it feels so great to know that I will be back on the grid and with such an amazing team, one I’ve had a lot of great memories and success with,” said James Hinchcliffe. “So many people at Genesys worked hard to get this done, and I am looking forward to representing them this year. Everyone at Honda, Don and Tom from Spire Sports, Michael, JF, Doug and the whole Andretti group, and everyone that has worked so hard to make this all come together. Even though it’s been a long road, the real work starts now, and I can’t wait to get to the track and kick off 2021.”

Hinchcliffe and his No. 29 become the fourth full-season entry in the Andretti Autosport 2021 fleet, joining already announced drivers Colton Herta (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda), Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Honda) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda). Additionally, veteran racer Marco Andretti has been announced to join the lineup Memorial Day weekend for the Indy 500. Remaining partnerships for the Canadian driver’s 2021 season will be announced in the coming weeks.

Watch the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES get underway at Barber Motorsports Park on April 18 in Birmingham, Alabama, live on NBC. 

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Ryan Hunter-Reay confirmed to Andretti Autosport with DHL Support

INDIANAPOLIS (01.14.2021) — After celebrating over 10 years with Andretti Autosport in 2020, Ryan Hunter-Reay will continue to call the team home. The 2012 series champion will continue to pilot the No. 28 DHL Honda into the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. This takes Hunter-Reay’s relationship with Andretti into a 12th season, and marks 11 years of continued DHL partnership.

“We’re really happy to welcome both DHL and Ryan back for the 2021 INDYCAR season,” said Andretti Autosport chairman and CEO Michael Andretti. “Over the past 10 years, DHL has become family to us, and Ryan has recorded some of the team’s greatest accomplishments. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2021 brings.”

Hunter-Reay’s Honda-powered machine will again be painted in DHL’s iconic yellow and red livery for the full 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule. DHL, headquartered in southern Florida, first appeared as a partner with the Andretti Autosport team in 2011 as a co-primary sponsor on the 28 car, growing to be the full primary starting in 2014.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Andretti Autosport into 2021, powered by our No. 28 champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas. “We’ve shared an incredible history with Ryan throughout his entire INDYCAR career, as he has been an amazing DHL brand ambassador. Ryan has helped to further elevate our brand and engage our employees while he continues to excite racing fans.”

Again joining DHL on the entry, will be long-time Hunter-Reay supporter AutoNation in their associate partnership role. Hunter-Reay, co-founder of Racing for Cancer, has served as an ambassador for AutoNation and their DRV PNK campaign, working to Drive Out Cancer since 2013.

During his tenure at Andretti Autosport, Hunter-Reay has collected 15 race wins with the team, for a total of 18 overall INDYCAR career victories. His most notable accolades including his 2012 championship title and 2014 Indianapolis 500 victory. The 2021 season will mark Hunter-Reay’s 15th season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, and his 12th as part of the Andretti Autosport stable.

“I’m eager to get to work and honored to represent both DHL and Andretti Autosport yet again,” said Hunter-Reay. “DHL has been one of the longest tenured primary sponsors in INDYCAR history and that yellow 28 car has become one of the iconic INDYCAR liveries; for that I am extremely grateful. I want nothing more than to add a second Indy 500 win to our accomplishments and earn the title of INDYCAR Champion for a second time as well. Coupled with the DHL partnership, AutoNation has also been vital to my career over the past nine years and I’m very proud for the opportunity to continue as a Drive Pink brand ambassador as well. 2020 was a pretty unconventional season, and we left the year with unfinished business. Overall, as a team, we’re focused on extracting the maximum potential from the speed we had in 2020.”

Hunter-Reay becomes the third driver announced to the Andretti Autosport 2021 INDYCAR stable, alongside Colton Herta (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda) and Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Honda). With few months remaining in the offseason, Hunter-Reay and his Andretti teammates have sights set on winter development. The 2021 INDYCAR season kicks off April 11 at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. 

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Herta moves to No. 26 Gainbridge entry for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season
INDIANAPOLIS (December 8, 2020) –  After finishing third in the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship, Colton Herta will transition within the team to pilot Andretti Autosport’s No. 26 Gainbridge Honda entry for the 2021 season. The 2021 championship will mark Herta’s third year competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, and mark a return to using the No. 26, which was utilized by Herta early in his karting career.

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 Gainbridge platform offers three key benefits: competitive growth, simplicity and transparency. The 2021 season will mark a fourth year of sponsorship for Group1001 under the Gainbridge brand, and a fifth season overall.

“Colton has quickly shown in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES that talent and drive produce winning results. Gainbridge is proud to align with Colton and Andretti Autosport to represent our brand and values,” said Dan Towriss, CEO and President, Group1001 and the Gainbridge brand. “Winning demands consistency and the confidence and consistency demonstrated by Colton makes him a great fit to represent Group1001 and Gainbridge. Additionally, we look forward to remaining part of the Andretti Autosport family where we can accelerate the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda program.” 

“We’re really excited to welcome back Gainbridge and look forward to seeing what Colton can do in 2021,” said Michael Andretti, chairman and CEO of Andretti Autosport. “Colton’s career has been on a steady rise. We’re confident that he will continue to grow and advance, and we’ll see the No. 26 in victory lane soon.”

In 2019, Herta broke a Series record by being the youngest race winner, just under a week shy of his 19th birthday, on the Circuit of The Americas road course. In just three seasons, he has recorded three wins, 10 top-five finishes, and 19 top-10 results. Finishing third in the 2020 championship, Herta and the 26 team are preparing to be championship contenders in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. 

“I’m really excited for this new partnership with Gainbridge, they’ve been a huge supporter of Andretti Autosport and INDYCAR as a whole. The livery is wonderful to look at and will pop at every track we go to; I can’t wait to see that Gainbridge livery at the front of the field,” said Herta.

Herta joins already announced driver Alexander Rossi in Andretti Autosport’s 2021 fleet. The 2021 season goes green in Florida on the Streets of St. Petersburg, March 7, 2021. 
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