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Certech USA Joins Andretti Autosport for the Indianapolis 500 with Marco Andretti

Photo Courtesy of Andretti Autosport


INDIANAPOLIS (January 9, 2023) – Andretti Autosport announced today that Certech USA will serve as an official partner on the No. 98 KULR Technologies / Curb Honda of Marco Andretti for the 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Certech USA, a subsidiary of Certech Spa and part of Certech Group Holding, is the Italian worldwide leading supplier in the industry for rubber lining deployed in tile manufacturing, mining and advanced technologies. They have built their business on long-lasting client relationships making this partnership with Andretti Autosport a great match as they expand into motorsports.

Andretti and the No. 98 Honda sporting Certech USA will take to the track for Open Testing on April 20-21 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before joining his four Andretti teammates for the 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in May. Andretti has recorded eight top-10 finishes and four top-three results at the famed Indianapolis oval, also claiming pole position in 2020.

In addition to riding along for the third-generation Andretti racer’s 18th start at the Indianapolis 500 as the official rubber lining sponsor, the Tennessee-headquartered Certech USA will also be in attendance on the Streets of Nashville supporting Andretti Autosport at the Music City Grand Prix.

Doug Bresnahan, Chief Commercial Officer, Andretti Autosport:
“We are delighted to have Certech USA join us for one of the biggest motorsport events in the world, the Indianapolis 500, and supporting us at one of the newest additions to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the Streets of Nashville. Certech shares our drive to be the best and supports our overall goal to win making this partnership a perfect collaboration.”

Marcello Cusma, CEO, Certech USA Inc.:
“Andretti Autosport is what Certech USA is all about. It’s family, passion, performance, and dreams. We share the same Italian roots and embrace the same values. If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Andretti Global and General Motors Team Up in F1 Pursuit

INDIANAPOLIS and DETROIT (January 5, 2023) – Today Andretti Global and General Motors, two American powerhouses in the automotive and motorsport sectors, have announced their intent to pursue the opportunity to compete in the FIA Formula One World Championship. GM would be represented by the Cadillac brand. The Andretti Cadillac team would be based in the U.S. with a support facility in the U.K. 

This reunites two iconic American companies with deep motorsports pedigrees and provides the opportunity to build on previous racing accomplishments while expanding international reach for both brands. F1 has seen consistent growth globally and most recently in the U.S. with 2023 races in Austin, Miami and Las Vegas. The Andretti Cadillac team is planning to submit an Expression of Interest when the FIA opens the formal process. If selected, the team is seeking to compete as soon as practical with at least one American driver.  

Cadillac V-Series has a legacy of success on the track in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge. Since 2017, Cadillac has been competing at the forefront of American sports car racing in IMSA, achieving numerous wins, podiums, and championships with the Cadillac DPi-V.R. Cadillac will continue in sports car racing with the all-new hybrid Cadillac V-LMDh, which will compete globally in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship.  

Andretti Global is a global racing enterprise and parent company to Andretti Autosport and other Andretti racing ventures. Andretti racing teams currently compete in seven different top-tier series worldwide and have found success in each avenue of competition. Andretti and GM last paired for the return of Chevrolet to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2012, together capturing nine wins across two seasons. The pairing additionally claimed the Driver, Team and Manufacturer titles in 2012.  

Michael Andretti, Chairman and CEO, Andretti Global:
“We are continuing to grow Andretti Global and its family of racing teams and always have our eyes on what’s next. I feel that we are well suited to be a new team for Formula One and can bring value to the series and our partners, and excitement for the fans. I’m proud to have GM and Cadillac alongside us as we pursue this goal. GM and Andretti share a legacy born out of the love of racing. We now have the opportunity to combine our motorsport passions and dedication to innovation to build a true American F1 bid.  

“Together, we will continue to follow procedures and steps put forth by the FIA during the evaluation process. In the meantime, we continue to optimistically prepare should we be fortunate enough to have Andretti Cadillac formally approved as a Formula One contender.” 

Mark Reuss, President, General Motors: 
“General Motors is honored to team with Andretti Global on this historic moment in racing. We have a long, rich history in motorsports and engineering innovation, and we are thrilled with the prospect of pairing with Andretti Global to form an American F1 team that will help spur even more global interest in the series and the sport. 

“Cadillac and F1 both have growing global appeal. Our brand has a motorsports pedigree that’s more than a century in the making, and we would be proud to have the opportunity to bring our distinct American innovation and design to F1.” 

ANDRETTI GLOBAL BREAKS GROUND ON RACING AND TECHNOLOGY HEADQUARTERS IN FISHERS, INDIANA

ANDRETTI GLOBAL BREAKS GROUND ON RACING AND TECHNOLOGY HEADQUARTERS IN FISHERS, INDIANAINDIANAPOLIS

(Dec. 6, 2022) – Andretti Global, the parent company of Andretti Autosport, broke ground on its new 575,000-square-foot global racing and technology headquarters today in Fishers, Indiana. Andretti Global Chairman and CEO Michael Andretti was joined by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb, Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers and City of Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness in kicking off construction on the 90-acre collaborative campus alongside the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport.  

The state-of-the-art facility is set to open in 2025 and will add up to 500 jobs to the local community by early 2026. Cutting-edge technology will be used to optimize the performance of the campus and to create an environment that encourages the best from employees. 

The new facility will serve as the headquarters of day-to-day operations for Andretti’s current NTT INDYCAR SERIES, INDY NXT (formerly Indy Lights) and IMSA programs, global commercial functions of Andretti Formula E and Andretti Extreme E and the advanced research and development business of Andretti Technologies.  

The team, led by Michael Andretti, currently operates worldwide in seven racing championships and focuses in eight different categories 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 257 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. 

Construction on the new facility will begin immediately. Andretti is working closely with hometown contractor Dale Dillon and his Indiana-based Dillon Construction Group along with Studio M Architecture & Planning. Also supporting the project are Bradford AllenRidge & Partners LLP and Dimensional Innovations.  

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (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: 
“The planning of our new global headquarters has been an exciting process, and we’re happy to be breaking ground and have steps underway to see our plans come to life. Indiana has been home to the Andretti organization for many years, and we’re thrilled to enhance our commitment to this state that has been so supportive of the entire motorsports industry. The Fishers community has been very welcoming, and it was great to see so many of our supporters and neighbors join us today as we continue to write our history.” 

MARISSA ANDRETTI, VICE PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT / MANAGING DIRECTOR, ANDRETTI TECHNOLOGIES: 
“It’s a great feeling to see all of the efforts everyone has put into creating a home for Andretti Global in the Fishers community. It’s all come together at today’s groundbreaking ceremony. We’re proud of what our team is doing to make the new headquarters not just a home base for our team, but also a gathering place for the community. We also want to extend a huge thank you to our build team who are helping us turn our vision of creating a healthy workplace for employees and a campus that uses sustainable solutions into reality.” 

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 it 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 OF FISHERS INDIANA: 
“Today we bring together innovation and performance, future and legacy, and commerce and experience in such a way that only the Andretti family can. When the Andretti Global campus comes to fruition we will have gained not just an amazing destination and workplace in Fishers but a true community partner that has a shared vision for the next chapter of our city.” 

STEVE DILLINGER, VICE PRESIDENT, INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS / VICE PRESIDENT, HAMILTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: 
“Today’s groundbreaking ceremony is the culmination of a collaborative effort from government, private sector, Indianapolis Airport Authority and more coming together to create a winning experience in Fishers. The new Andretti Global Headquarters is an iconic addition to Hamilton County.”

MARIO RODRIGUEZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT AUTHORITY: 
“Our goal of returning land no longer needed for aviation use back to the community has turned into a reality today. We’re pleased Andretti Global has landed in the Fishers community, and we look forward to seeing their new headquarters take shape near the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport.” 

(Left to Right) Fishers City Councilman Todd Zimmerman, Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez, Andretti Autosport President J-F Thormann, Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb, Andretti Global Chairman and CEO Michael Andretti, Andretti Global Partner Dan Towriss, Mario Andretti, Andretti Autosport Vice President and Andretti Technolgoies Managing Director Marissa Andretti, Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers

Marco Andretti and KULR Return for 2023 Indy 500

Marco Andretti will pilot the No. 98 KULR Technology Group Honda for the 107th Indianapolis 500 Presented By Gainbridge (Photo Courtesy of Andretti Autosport)

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 17, 2022) – KULR Technology Group (NYSE American: KULR) (the “Company” or “KULR”) will return to the grid of the 2023 Indianapolis as the primary sponsor for the No. 98 Honda of Marco Andretti as the third-generation racer makes his 18th Indy 500 start.  

“It’s great to see a sponsor like KULR continue as a primary sponsor with our INDYCAR program for the second year,” said Andretti Autosport Chairman and CEO Michael Andretti. “The development potential of KULR’s technology is exciting and we’re proud of their commitment to improving performance. We look forward to this special event in May and are happy to have them back with Marco.”  

As pioneers in their respective industries, KULR and Andretti Autosport share a commitment to excellence and progression. KULR has long been a leading developer of next-generation lithium-ion battery safety and thermal management products and services, playing a part in countless customer successes, including the 2020 Mars Rover mission.  

“We are thrilled to welcome back Marco Andretti as a KULR Ambassador as we return to Andretti Autosport for the 2023 Indy 500,” said KULR Technology Group President and COO, Keith Cochran. “Marco authentically embodies the spirit of our brand. His dedication to his craft and the motorsport industry are just some of the reasons we believe he is the perfect person to represent KULR Technology as we continue to expand our energy management platform.”  

KULR served as Andretti’s primary sponsor in 2022 for his 250th INDYCAR career start. They are no stranger to the Andretti Autosport family as they first joined Andretti Technologies and sister team, Andretti United Extreme E in 2021 as the official thermal management and battery safety technical partner.   

Andretti will make his 18th Indy 500 start piloting the No. 98 KULR Technologies / Curb Honda. Andretti has recorded eight top-10 finishes and four top-three results at the famed IMS oval, also claiming pole position in 2020. He will take to the track for Open Testing on April 20-21 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before joining his four Andretti teammates for the 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile race in May.

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)
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