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CAPSTONE TURBINE RETURNS TO INDYCAR WITH ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT AND JAMES HINCHCLIFFE

CAPSTONE TURBINE RETURNS TO INDYCAR WITH ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT AND JAMES HINCHCLIFFE 

  • 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 (www.capstoneturbine.com) (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.  

Source: Team PR

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE TO PILOT NO. 29 GENESYS HONDA FOR 2021 INDYCAR SEASON

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. 

For more information, visit AndrettiAutosport.com.

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. 

For more information, visit AndrettiAutosport.com.

COLTON HERTA NAMED TO PILOT ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT’S NO.26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

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. 

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE TO RETURN TO ANDRETTI INDYCAR LINEUP

INDIANAPOLIS (09.25.2020) — James Hinchcliffe has been confirmed as the driver of the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda with Andretti Autosport for the remaining three events on the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES calendar. This comes following an announcement Wednesday confirming that Zach Veach would not return to the 26 car for the remaining events.
Hinchcliffe has competed in three prior events [Genesys 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, the GMR INDYCAR Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500] this season with Andretti Autosport in the No. 29 Genesys Honda.

The Harvest GP presented by GMR will see Hinchcliffe join Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Honda), Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda), Colton Herta (No. 88 Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Honda) and Marco Andretti (No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda) for the doubleheader race weekend. The pair of races on the IMS Road Course will be broadcast live Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, CHAIRMAN & CEO, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021. James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.” 

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, NTT INDYCAR SERIES DRIVER, NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can. I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be. 

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”

VEACH TO RELINQUISH ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DRIVING DUTIES

INDIANAPOLIS (09.23.2020) – Andretti Autosport has confirmed today that Zach Veach will relinquish his role as driver of the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda for the remainder of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. A replacement driver for the No. 26 will be named in the coming days.
STATEMENT FROM ZACH VEACH:
“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car. This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 INDYCAR season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options. “This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. “I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me. “My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”


STATEMENT FROM MICHAEL ANDRETTI:
“We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character. Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

RACE DEBRIEF: Iowa INDYCAR 250s – Race 2

After another night of racing under the Iowa Speedway lights, the Andretti quintet charged the grid for the 250-lap race, ending the weekend with mixed results. Rounding out this weekend’s doubleheader, the team now has three weeks to prepare for Round 7 at Mid-Ohio.

No. 27 AUTONATION / NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA

  • STARTED 21st // FINISHED 8th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 10th (118 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Ran as high as fifth during the race before settling into eighth for the checkered flag

“Everyone hung in there and the AutoNation / NAPA guys were awesome in the pits again, which is so great and such a reward for their hard work this offseason – couldn’t have done that without them. Rob had a good strategy call to get us back on the lead lap. Ultimately, I think it was an okay day considering where we started. I think we were a little bit worse in some places than yesterday and a little bit better in some places. I think, ultimately, we just had an eighth-place car so that’s the way it went. We’ll keep marching forward.”

No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA
Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian

  • STARTED 17th // FINISHED 10th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 21th (71 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Recovered from Friday’s mechanical issue to bring home a first top-10 finish of the season and a 107th of Andretti’s career

“We had a drama free race tonight. I think this is our first one of 2020 without something going bad on our car. I think we should probably have about four top 10s by now, but we just have to play it where it lies and just try to build from here. We can’t really look at points at this point, we just have to focus race by race and Indy is a championship in itself. If we can build even more confidence through Mid-Ohio it will be even better.”

No. 88 CAPSTONE TURBINE HONDA 
Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport

  • STARTED 5th // FINISHED 19th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 7th (140 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Crew worked late into the night to repair the 88 car for tonight’s race but struggled to find the pace to advance in Race 2

“It was a pretty disappointing day. We just didn’t really have the pace today. We went loose, and around here if you make a small mistake in setup it just bites you badly and we saw that. I think we had some high parts to the weekend and, unfortunately, we ended on a low, but fortunately we have a lot of time to go through everything before Mid-Ohio and make sure we are ready for that race.”

No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

  • STARTED 22nd // FINISHED 20th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 19th (95 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Was running in the top 10 then fought through handling issues ending his night in 20th

“Honestly, this is maybe the toughest weekend in INDYCAR I’ve had in my career. This is a place where we have always been pretty strong, and we just didn’t have it when we rolled off this weekend. We struggled with the car all through practice, qualifying and the race on the first day. We tried to make a Hail Mary today, going back to a setup we knew was good last year and it just didn’t give us what we were looking for, so we were just stuck struggling today as well. It’s just frustrating. These ovals, you can only go as quick as your car goes. It’s just tough. I want to thank my Gainbridge crew for sticking with it. They worked insanely hard this weekend to give me a good car. With these tight schedules, when you unroll with something that isn’t great, it’s hard to make it better in a short amount of time.”

No. 28 DHL HONDA

  • STARTED 4th // FINISHED 22nd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 15th (104 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Credited with leading four laps before making contact with the inside wall while exiting pit lane on his final stop of the night // Retired on Lap 180 due to damage

“I was looking to make up a lot of track time on that out lap and I short-shifted out of second gear, knowing that first [gear] was my problem last night. I got on it in second and it just came around. I almost caught it – but almost doesn’t count. It sucks. The guys on the 28 team certainly don’t deserve that. We had a rough night, we were hanging on, but we were at least P6, P7. We were really looking forward to getting the ball rolling here for the season. It’s been one thing or another, and obviously this is down to me. It’s unfortunate. DHL and AutoNation, they all deserve results and we are working on it. I was just pushing 110% and just asked a little too much of it there.” 

RACE DEBRIEF: Iowa INDYCAR 250s – Race 1

An eventful night kicked off a doubleheader weekend around Iowa Speedway. The Andretti Autosport stable fared with mixed results around the 7/8-mile oval and looks to round up again for Iowa INDYCAR 250 – Race 2 tomorrow night with broadcast again on NBCSN.

No. 27 AUTONATION / NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA

  • STARTED 5th // FINISHED 6th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 13th (94 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Ran as high as second through the 250-lap event // Tied career-best finish at Iowa with a sixth-place result [2016, 2019]

“I think our car was alright, I think we went on the strategy to win the race but we didn’t have the car to do that amount of laps. Ultimately, it was the right strategy but the wrong car for that strategy. Our strength was the first 30-40 laps of the stint, but then we couldn’t look after the tires like the people that beat us. It’s disappointing because I thought that the AutoNation / NAPA team was looking good for at least a podium, but it slipped away from us with tire degradation.”

No. 28 DHL HONDA

  • STARTED 12th // FINISHED 16th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 12th (95 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Was showing promising speeds in the opening stint before making contact with the pit exit wall on his first pit stop, driving the remainder of the race with a hindered front wing // Will look to rebound Saturday, starting from P4

“We had a good start, moved up a few spots around the outside. On the first stop, I just lit the rears up in first gear trying to get a good run out, but lost the rear and smacked the left front into the pit exit wall, continued on but lost some front wing downforce and some front wing pressure that we had to work at getting back all night. We had the pace at the end of the night, it was just too little too late. Hopefully we can capitalize on starting P4 tomorrow night in Race 2.”

No. 88 CAPSTONE TURBINE HONDA
Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport

  • STARTED 4th // FINISHED 19th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (130 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Ran as high as third before making contact with the back of Veekay during a waved-off restart on Lap 156, sending the Capstone machine airborne and ending his day in 19th place; Herta was unharmed

“I’m not positive where things went wrong on that restart. [INDYCAR] waved-off and didn’t throw the green, but I was never told that it didn’t go — that it was still yellow. I’m glad Rinus [Veekay] is okay, I’m glad I’m okay. I know the Capstone Honda was fast  tonight and hopefully we can show it again tomorrow. Thanks to the 88 crew, and the whole team, for all the hard work they’re putting in to get the car ready for Race 2.”

No. U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA
Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian

  • STARTED 20th // FINISHED 22nd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 21st (51 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: A mechanical issue left the 98 in the pits for a prolonged period, leading to a push-start from the 98-crew after trouble shifting into gear // The issue returned the next round of stops, ultimately ending the night early for Andretti

“We attempted the undercut, which was powerful as you saw with Askew today… But we burnt a clutch line and couldn’t get out of the [pit]box. The guys were able to push start me and we saved another stint, but then the next stop it gave way and our day was done. Really not the way we’ve wanted the Iowa doubleheader – or the season – to start, and we’ll keep fighting to turn it around.”

No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

  • STARTED 22nd // FINISHED 23rd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 17th (85 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: The 26 car suffered a mechanical issue resulting in a damaged clutch line, retiring Veach after just 95 laps complete. 

“This was one of the hardest nights of my career. We had a huge moment in qualifying with the car not being right and per the rules we couldn’t change the car between qualifying and the race. We tried to make the best of what we could, but the car was just too far out of the window to be as competitive as we usually are here. At the second pitstop, we had a clutch fail which turned into a small fire which ended my night. Glad everyone is okay. Just a tough night.”

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Launches the No One Runs on Empty Awareness Campaign with support from the Anthem Foundation

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Launches the No One Runs on Empty Awareness Campaign with support from the Anthem Foundation

  • NO ONE RUNS ON EMPTY is a public awareness campaign highlighting awareness, advocacy, volunteerism, and to encourage financial support for hunger relief programs.
  • Anthem Foundation will match all donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million to provide 10 million meals to hungry Hoosiers.
  • The campaign will feature a partnership with Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport, with driver Colton Herta piloting the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Honda in GMR Grand Prix and the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
  • Bank of America has joined the effort, making a $250,000 gift toward the challenge.

INDIANAPOLIS (07.02.2020) — Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is on the fast track to accelerate awareness of food insecurity throughout Central Indiana with its new No One Runs on Empty initiative. The campaign is funded by a $1 million matching grant from the Anthem Foundation and backed by a partnership with Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport and NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver Colton Herta. For the upcoming GMR Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500, Herta will drive the No. 88 Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Honda, which will display the Gleaners logo, highlight the awareness strategy, and drive the community to donate at gleaners.org

John Elliott, Gleaners President/CEO noted that food insecurity affects many aspects of life, even for those who may not face the issue themselves. “Food insecurity is a higher indicator than income for the prevalence of the top 10 chronic diseases and conditions facing Americans today,” he said. “But it doesn’t stop there. A food insecure child can have attendance issues and learning difficulties. A hungry adult may have productivity and attendance issues at work. Hunger can lead to crime, job loss, increased health costs, homelessness, and more. We can positively impact both hunger and health outcomes by investing in the healthiest, most nutritious variety of food possible, and combining our efforts with health system providers.”

Elliott noted that COVID-19 and the racial equity and justice movements remind us that people of color are affected disproportionately by hunger, health, housing, education and employment crises. “We’ve been challenged by the pandemic to take a clear look at our organization both as a nonprofit hunger relief organization, as an employer, and as an amplifier of the voices of disproportionately impacted communities,” he said. 

There were more than 1 million Hoosiers who are food insecure, with an unacceptable 150 million meal per year gap prior to COVID-19. We all know that number is dramatically higher now as a result of the pandemic. We also know that minority and rural populations are suffering disproportionately and will endure a much longer recovery. Children and senior citizens represent nearly half of those who are food insecure. Based on data from Feeding America, the current food insecurity rate in Indiana is 20%, up from 13.3%.

No One Runs on Empty is a call to action to educate and engage Hoosiers by raising awareness of the faces of hunger – including those who are newly in need. Since mid-March, Gleaners has been distributing nearly 1.5 million meals each week. The awareness campaign is made possible through a generous gift from the Anthem Foundation.  

For Anthem, the need to take action is vital to help its communities lead healthier lives. Today, lack of food is one the most pervasive underlying issues affecting our nation’s well-being and keeping millions of Americans from achieving their best health. And, for Latinos and African Americans, who are most directly and disproportionately affected by chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, limited access to healthy food exacerbates this disparity.  

“Anthem’s commitment to our community runs deep and our efforts to improve social drivers of health are vital as we work to strengthen communities and address health disparities and inequities that are creating barriers in the quest to lead healthier lives,” said John Gallina, executive vice president and CFO at Anthem.  “The No One Runs on Empty initiative is a natural fit for us. We’re pleased the Anthem Foundation can support Gleaners and help amplify their efforts to ensure our residents have access to healthy food.” 

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only showed the dramatic connection between health and hunger, but it revealed inequities facing our most vulnerable populations. Those already facing challenges were the first ones to feel the impact of the pandemic and will experience that impact long-term. A Feeding America study on the impact of food insecurity on healthcare costs found that an additional $1.019 billion was spent on healthcare as a direct result of the impact of food insecurity on health. Anthem’s catalytic leadership role in social determinants of health was a natural fit for the No One Runs on Empty initiative. Their support will amplify the coordinated work already being  done in this area by Anthem, Gleaners, and others. 

When the No. 88 car roars through Speedway, it will do more than just sport the Gleaners logo on the car, it will demonstrate a significant partnership and commitment to increasing the awareness of hunger issues throughout the racing community and beyond. No child can run on empty and learn. No parent can run on empty and work hard to provide for their family. No doctor or teacher or race car driver can be their best when a basic need is not being met.  

“We are really happy to provide a platform for the launch of this campaign,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “We were very proud to be able to join Gleaners recently at IMS for the Mega Fresh Mobile Pantry event and saw the importance of their work firsthand. This is a key time in our community, and we hope to join Gleaners in doing our part to help create greater awareness and make sure that NO ONE RUNS ON EMPTY.” 

Harding Racing owner Mike Harding added, “We’ve done a lot of great work with Gleaners over the years, and I’m especially proud to now bring them into our racing family. I can’t think of a better way to continue our relationship with them than supporting the goals of the NO ONE RUNS ON EMPTY campaign.” 

Gleaners will use this highly visible platform to educate the public in a bold way about nutrition and healthy eating to increase overall well-being and quality of life. Specifically, NO ONE RUNS ON EMPTY will support initiatives under the Nourish pillar of Gleaners’ strategic plan, adopted in February 2019. This includes increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, and dairy we distribute with an ultimate goal of 80% being healthy foods to encourage. 

The first gift toward the challenge has already been received from Bank of America. Andy Crask, Indianapolis Market President for Bank of America Merrill Lynch said, “Food is such a basic element of our lives and something that far too many of us take for granted while far too many of our neighbors are hungry.  We have the means and resources to end food insecurity and it’s in everyone’s best interest to make that happen.  My Bank of America teammates and I are pleased to join other Indianapolis corporate partners in working with Gleaners to ensure that ‘No One Runs on Empty.’” Bank of America’s $250,000 gift toward the No One Runs on Empty awareness campaign is in addition to $100,000 already received from the bank earlier this year for COVID-19 relief. 

Watch for the full initiative to unfold beginning in mid-August, leading into the Indianapolis 500 and continuing through the coming year. To learn more, visit gleaners.org/noonerunsonempty.

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ANDRETTI HERTA AUTOSPORT HONORS MIKE CURB FOR 55 YEARS IN MOTORSPORTS

INDIANAPOLIS (June 29, 2020) — Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian is honoring long-time partner, Mike Curb and his Curb-Agajanian Performance Group for 55 years of success in the motorsport industry. Mike Curb and Cary Agajanian have been in partnership with Bryan Herta Autosport since 2011 and joined Andretti Herta Autosport in 2016 with inception of the partnership. The listing of Curb-Agajanian accolades includes two significant Indianapolis 500 victories for their iconic No. 98: Dan Wheldon’s win at the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 [2011] and Alexander Rossi’s triumph at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 [2016]. 

“Mike Curb has done more to support teams and drivers in every imaginable level of motorsports competition than anyone I know,” said Herta. “He, along with Cary Agajanian, have been cornerstone partners to our team and been part of every major success we have enjoyed in the last decade. We are proud to honor Mike and everything he and Cary have accomplished in 55 years of entering and supporting cars, teams, and drivers.”

“We are very proud to honor Mike Curb and Cary Agajanian for their 55 years being involved in motorsports,” said Michael Andretti, Chairman & CEO of Andretti Autosport. “Curb-Agajanian has a been a great partner and the impact they have made not only among our team, but the motorsports industry in general, is truly incredible.”

Over the course of the 55 years that Curb-Agajanian has been involved in motorsports, they have been a part of over 1,000 victories across all participating platforms. Within that impressive accomplishment of victories, Curb-Agajanian includes a Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona overall win, Richard Petty’s 200th NASCAR victory, the 1980 NASCAR Cup Championship with Dale Earnhardt, Colton Herta’s 2018 Freedom 100 victory, and, of course, two Indianapolis 500 victories.  

“Bryan Herta has been an amazing partner for Cary Agajanian and me since the inception of his company,” said Curb.“Bryan has made it possible for us to share in two Indianapolis 500 victories with Dan Wheldon and Alexander Rossi, and Colton Herta’s victory in the Indianapolis Freedom 100. Cary and I are excited about our partnership with Bryan and Michael and Marco Andretti and excited that our racing team is going forward in a very positive way this year.”

The Curb logo will appear on the rear wing of Marco Andretti’s No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda at starting with Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – part of crossover weekend with NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series. Fans can tune in for coverage of the GMR Grand Prix live at 12 p.m. ET on NBC.

For more on Curb’s Racing history, visit MikeCurb.com.

(Photo Courtesy of Andretti Autosport)
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