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TUNE IN TO THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON!

NEW YORK CITY (04.18.2019) – Mario, Michael and Marco Andretti will make a rare appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this evening ending their day with New York City media. WHAT: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon WHEN: Tonight, April 18 at 11:35 p.m. ET WHO: Mario Andretti, 1969 Indianapolis 500 Winner Michael Andretti,…

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MARCO ANDRETTI’S INDY 500 LIVERY UNVEILED

NEW YORK CITY (04.18.2019) –  Marco Andretti, U.S. Concrete and Andretti Autosport unveiled the No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb machine that the third-generation driver will pilot for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 next month. The day-glow red car closely resembles the 1969 race-winning livery of Mario Andretti, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his memorable Indianapolis 500 victory.

“I’m really happy we were able to pull this off, it’s a really cool way to honor Mario’s 50th anniversary,” said Marco Andretti, driver of the No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda. “The color will be hard to miss on track and the car looks great. We’re all very thankful that U.S. Concrete was on board to run the livery and make this year’s car as special as possible. We can’t wait to have a shot at bringing this car to victory lane on May 26.

The retro paint scheme highlights Dallas-based concrete company, U.S. Concrete as primary sponsor and features the black number block to identify the car number, along with the historical logo of Firestone Tires. In addition, the initials “FB” have been placed near the front suspension just as they were on the original 1969 livery, representing Frank Boeninghaus who provided the engine for Andretti’s 53rd Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race win.

“Marco Andretti is not only a great ambassador for IndyCar racing but for our safety and hiring initiatives as well. His excitement to honor his grandfather continues to show how dedicated he is to honoring his family’s legacy,” said U.S. Concrete Chairman and CEO, Bill Sandbrook. “We knew that partnering with the Andretti Autosport team was the best vehicle for us to successfully deliver our sponsorship objectives and this tribute is a shining example of what the entire Andretti family means to auto racing.”

“I was full of pride when I learned that my son Michael was paying tribute to me this way,” said racing legend Mario Andretti. “The effort his team is going through to present this commemorative car is flattering.  Thank you to the team for that effort and also for acknowledging my part in Indy 500 history. I am honored to have Marco carry the design from my 1969 car.  I hope this winning paint scheme will be a good omen for him and that he’ll get his first 500 victory.  When I see the car, it will definitely be an opportunity for reflection.  It’s humbling.  It is a tremendous compliment to me that this team would look back at my victory and find it worthy of recognition.”

 

The No. 98 throwback race car will first see the 2.5-mile oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday for the NTT IndyCar Series Open Test. Practice for the 200-lap race begins Tuesday, May 14, with a seven-hour practice session each day until two-day qualifying begins Saturday, May 18.The field of 33 will be set on Sunday, May 19, and the green flag will wave for the 103rd Running on Sunday, May 26.

Tickets can be purchased for the Indianapolis 500 by visitingtickets.ims.com. Each practice session will be available to stream with the INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold. Saturday qualifying will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network with Sunday qualifying and race day coverage on NBC.

ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT PARTNERS WITH TRION SOLUTIONS AT FOUR INDYCAR RACES

ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT PARTNERS WITH TRION SOLUTIONS AT FOUR INDYCAR RACES

Human resources-administration company to appear on No. 98 Car of Marco Andretti

INDIANAPOLIS (04.17.2019) –  NTT IndyCar Series driver, Marco Andretti, will make a run at the checkered flag with associate partner, Trion Solutions at the INDYCAR Grand Prix, 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 and both races at the Detroit Grand Prix. The Trion logo will be featured on the side cockpit of the racing machine for all four events.

“All of us at Trion Solutions couldn’t be more thrilled to be associated on the same team as such a famous name in all of sports,” said Trion President and Co-Founder David L. Stone, Esq.  “And, the Andretti name represents the same traits for which we strive at Trion, including integrity, passion, precision, speed, quality and winning.”

Trion Solutions is one of the largest HR-administration companies that works with more than 600 client companies across the United States to manage payroll and taxes, benefits administration, workers’ compensation and regulatory compliance.

Trion Chief Operating Officer Craig Vanderburg said, “We know the No. 98 car driven by Marco Andretti will be seen by millions and the storyline of Mario’s grandson seeking to win on the 50th anniversary of his grandfather’s Indy 500 victory will be followed closely by the media and during the NBC broadcast of the race.  Trion Solutions considers many sponsorship and advertising opportunities, but we felt this one was really special.  We jumped at the chance for Trion Solutions to be showcased on the car and we look forward to the other three races as well – especially the two Detroit Grand Prix races in our backyard.”

“We’re always excited to bring new partnerships into our NTT IndyCar Series program and we are thrilled to add Trion Solutions to the Andretti Autosport family of partners,” said Andretti Autosport Chief Marketing Officer Doug Bresnahan. “We strive in making our team the best both on and off the track and with the values of Trion Solutions and Andretti Autosport strongly aligned, I have no doubt we will have a successful partnership for four of the biggest races of the season.”

The No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda that will race in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 will be unveiled Thursday in New York City and appear on track for a test on the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday, April 24.

The INDYCAR Grand Prix will kick off the Month of May festivities with the green flag waving over the IMS road course on Saturday, May 11. The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 will crown a new victor of the Speedway on May 26. Both events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the dual races on the streets of Belle Isle (June 1 and 2) will be broadcasted on NBC network.

Race Report: NTT IndyCar Series

The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach brought another victory home for the NAPA AUTO PARTS team, collecting a 200th team victory along the way.

The team now packs up and heads home to Indianapolis for two rounds of testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in advance of the Month of May.

No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA

  • STARTED 1st // FINISHED 1st
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (138 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Earned back-to-back victories on the streets of Long Beach // Started from the Pole Position and led 80 laps, crossing the finish line 20.2 seconds before the second-place finisher // Today’s win mark’s Rossi’s sixth NTT IndyCar Series career win

“You never think (you’ll dominate the race). We knew it was going to be a really hard-fought battle. The NAPA AUTO PARTS crew gave me such a great race car. This is the 200th win for Andretti Autosport, so what better way to do it than in that type of fashion here at Long Beach (and) here in California. It’s an amazing day. I have a great car and a great crew behind me. I couldn’t do it without them, so hats off to them. This is a special one. I just found out my grandfather died yesterday, so I wanted to dedicate this (win) to him and obviously Michael (Andretti) for 200th win.”


No. 28 DHL HONDA

  • STARTED 7th // FINISHED 5th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (96 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Set the fastest lap of the race on Lap 27 with a time of 1:07.6943 // Recorded a 64th career top-five finish // Climbs three spots in the points standings to leave Long Beach fifth

“We had a fuel problem late in the race, and we’re not really sure what happened. (The car) was in emergency mode at the end of the race, just trying to make it home. All in all, it was a disappointing weekend considering the speed we had earlier but congrats to Alexander (Rossi) on the win and good job to the 27 team. We gained a few points and are looking on to Indy.”


No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA

  • STARTED 11th // FINISHED 13th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 13th (78 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Finished the morning warmup in P2

“We started the day really strong in warmup, and we didn’t change anything on the car from warmup to the race — and the car was nothing like this morning. I knew that once it was a fuel saving race that it was going to be hard to make up ground. It was a long day — I can’t wait for May.”


No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

  • STARTED 22nd // FINISHED 17th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 20th (55 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Ran as high as 14th after starting from the 22nd position

“Difficult day overall but that is what to expect after starting 22nd. We charged all the way up to 14th, but we had a fuel miscalculation somehow. I was hitting the (fuel) number they were saying and the team thought we were going to make it to the end. Here and there it must have got lost in translation because we were about a lap and half short causing us to give up our 14th place — which still isn’t good enough — for 17th. At Barber and here, we passed eight to 12 cars, so if that is starting 12th then we would be leading the race. We’ve got to look into why qualifying has been such a struggle this year for us. Once we have a good starting place, I think we can prove to people that we know how to race then we can carry it forward from there. Looking ahead, I am excited to get to be back in Indianapolis and be back on an oval where I feel we have a chance to win.”

MICHAEL ANDRETTI RECORDS 200TH WIN AS TEAM OWNER

LONG BEACH, Ca. (4.14.2019) – With Alexander Rossi’s victory at today’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Andretti Autosport team led by Michael Andretti recorded its 200th race win coming from multiple areas of competition (IndyCar, Indy Lights, Pro Mazda/Indy Pro 2000, USF2000, Global Rallycross, Americas Rallycross, FIA Formula E Championship, ALMS/IMSA).

Having grown and diversified since Andretti became a team owner in 2003, the brand currently competes globally across six areas of competition: INDYCAR, Indy Lights, FIA Formula E Championship, U.S. rallycross, GT4 America and Australian Supercars.

The team’s victories have formed a list of accolades, including five Indianapolis 500 victories, four IndyCar Series championships, three Indy Lights titles, one Pro Mazda championship and one USF2000 championship. Additionally, the team holds two X Games Gold Medals and four U.S. rallycross championships.

The 200 victories have been recorded by a stable of 38 different drivers:

  • Alexander Rossi
  • António Félix da Costa
  • Arie Luyendyk Jr.
  • Bryan Herta
  • Carlos Munoz
  • Colton Herta
  • Dan Wheldon
  • Danica Patrick
  • Dario Franchitti
  • Dean Stoneman
  • Frank Montagny
  • Garrett Grist
  • James Hinchcliffe
  • James Rossitier
  • Jamie Camara
  • JR Hildebrand
  • Marco Andretti
  • Martin Plowman
  • Matthew Brabham
  • Mike Conway
  • Nico Jamin
  • Oliver Askew
  • Patricio O’Ward
  • Raphael Matos
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Ryan Norman
  • Sage Karam
  • Scott Speed
  • Sebastian Saavedra
  • Shelby Blackstock
  • Spencer Pigot
  • Stefan Wilson
  • Takuma Sato
  • Tanner Foust
  • Tony Kanaan
  • Wade Cunningham
  • Weiron Tan
  • Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport Qualifying Report: NTT IndyCar Series

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
QUALIFYING REPORT
04.13.2019
Alexander Rossi took Long Beach Qualifying by storm capturing a fifth career pole position in a final fast lap. The quartet of Andretti cars have all shown competitive pace throughout the weekend as the team chases a 200th victory.

Sunday brings a morning warmup followed by 85 laps of street-course racing, live on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET.

No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 1st
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 01:06.4811
  • OF NOTE: Recorded fifth career pole position //Second consecutive Pole starts at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

“We knew we had the lap in there, it was about doing it on that one lap. I was happy we decided to run two sets of (Firestone) Reds. We hadn’t done that in the past, but it made the difference today. The used red tires are different than the new ones. So it’s about knowing how much you can attack and get away with. It bit us at COTA, only doing one lap, so we learned our lesson and it paid dividends today. We try not to make the same mistake twice. It would be nice to repeat history tomorrow. I like this place, and obviously I’m from California. It would be great to win a home race this year. This pole was exponentially harder to win than last years – the field is just that much tighter with everyone understanding these cars. The drivers are continuing to get better, so this one was more special.”


No. 28 DHL HONDA

  • STARTING POSITION: 7th
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 01:07.1520
  • OF NOTE: Sat fourth on the overall time charts heading into qualifying, after leading Friday’s Practice 1 // Advanced from Segment 1 to the top 12, but missed out on advancing to the Firestone Fast Six

“Obviously disappointing to not make into the Fast Six. We had a unique situation with the tire opportunity in qualifying. We ended up using used Reds to try and move into the Fast Six and it just didn’t seem like we had the performance on them while the others were on new. It was definitely a bit of a fumble considering the speed we’ve had. We’ll have some cars to pass tomorrow to get to the front, but we’ve had good pace this weekend and still have our sights set on a podium finish or the DHL team.”


No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE HONDA

  • STARTING POSITION: 11th
  • QUALIFYING TIME/SPEED: 01:08.3746
  • OF NOTE: Earned a best starting position of the 2019 season so far // Advanced to the top 12, but was then caught out by a red flag and shortened Segment 2
“I wish I was a second or two more up the road when the Red Flag came out, and then my last lap would have counted. I think my race car is really, really good – we almost used Q2 as a test session there. I think if we would have played it conservative, we could have had a shot at the Fast Six. We have pace, and I think our race car is even better so I’m excited. We just have to go for it and pass cars. We’ve been able to pass cars starting 20th or 17th – now that we are starting inside the top 10, I think we can make something of it.

No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 22nd
  • QUALIFYING TIME/SPEED: 01:07.7822
  • OF NOTE: Started the 2018 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach from 16th and finished fourth, his career best race result to date

“Honestly, I’m just confused. Nothing talked to me out there – those laps especially on the (Firestone alternate) Reds. I don’t really know what’s going on. We shouldn’t be starting where we are and that’s a question mark for us. For whatever reason, we just didn’t have it today so I’m just trying to figure that out and wrap my head around it. All through practice we had good pace, but then as soon as we put the Reds on – as with yesterday – the car just goes away from us. We’ll have a lot of work to do starting P22 tomorrow, but we’ll work hard to fight our way up.”

Practice Report: NTT IndyCar Series

ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
PRACTICE REPORT
04.12.2019
Day one is complete at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. The field of 23 will hit the track tomorrow morning for one last practice session before the grid is set.

Catch tomorrow’s qualifying action on NBC Sports Network beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.

No. 28 DHL HONDA – Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Led the day’s first session and finished the day second overall with a best lap time of 01:07.8434

“Really, we’re just getting back to finding our baseline. Last year, we had very competitive cars. Again, this year rolled off with a really good setup, I think. It was a good starting point. We’ve made some changes to it trying to find what to do, what not to do, as you regularly would on a street course. The tricky part of a street course is you have to keep up with the racetrack, you have to be proactive with keeping up with it. As you go through the race weekend, it’s constantly changing conditions. So it was a good first day, definitely learned a lot. I know what to apply for tomorrow.”

No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA – Alexander Rossi

  • Finished the day sixth overall with a best lap time of 01:08.0810

“I think generally the car is good. We’ll be going through our normal checklist for Practice 3 tomorrow. I think we had a 1:07.7 run going and I made a mistake in Turn 8. I think the pace is there, so now we just need to put it all together.”

 

No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA – Marco Andretti

  • Finished the day 11th overall with a best lap time of 01:08.3936

“We are in the game, but still need to make a small change or two to be where we need to be on the (Firestone) Reds and the car is close to where we want it for the Black tires. We need to make changes in the right direction overnight to make up the three-tenths that separate us from the fastest six currently, but I definitely think we have a shot at the Fast Six tomorrow.”

 

No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA – Zach Veach 

  • Finished the day 14th overall with a best lap time of 01:08.4410

“Overall it was a pretty good day. We were P3 on the Blacks in the second session and then we put the Reds on and I just didn’t put a clean run together. I think we ended up P14, but realistically I think we’re pretty good. I’m happy with that. We need to make sure we have a clean day tomorrow and qualify towards that Fast Six.”

ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH PREVIEW

  ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT RACE PREVIEW NTT INDYCAR SERIES OF NOTE: Sitting at 199 total race wins, Andretti Autosport is closing in on the 200-win milestone across all racing platforms. The team will have two drivers competing in ABB Formula E and four in the NTT IndyCar series this weekend. Should one of our six drivers…

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Race Report: NTT IndyCar Series – Honda Grand Prix of Alabama

The 10th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama saw the checkered flags wave in the Birmingham sky today as the NTT IndyCar Series completed Round 3 of 2019 competition. The team heads to the streets of Long Beach next weekend to defend their reign as 2018 winners at the historic street circuit. No. 27…

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NTT INDYCAR SERIES HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA QUALIFYING REPORT

04.06.2019 The grid is set for Sunday’s 10th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and Alexander Rossi will roll off as the highest team entry in eighth. The green flag flies in Alabama at 4:15pm ET with live broadcast beginning at 4pm ET on NBC Sports Network. No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA STARTING…

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