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MRTI: Grand Prix of St. Pete Race Two Report

GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETE, RACE TWO REPORT

          
MATT BRABHAM
NO. 83 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA
  • 21-year-old captured a top-10 finish in seventh place on the 1.8-mile circuit

“A better race than yesterday. We definitely had speed and made some good improvements to the car over the weekend. I just wish we kind of started where we finished with that kind of pace. Qualifying hurt us a lot for those two races… I think I got third-fastest race lap today, so good job to the Andretti Autosport boys. Everyone there has done such a good job working over this weekend, and it’s just a shame I couldn’t get in the car earlier and get some more test days before we got here. But, other than that, I’m very happy. I wish we could have won both races and have the best possible outcome leading into Long Beach so I could actually have a little bit more leverage in trying to gain some sponsorship into that round. We’ll see how it goes and hopefully I’m in the next race.”


SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

  • Nashville native came to the twin checkers in the 11th position after starting from the 12th grid position

“Unfortunately this weekend was extremely rough for our crew. We’ve tested well, did well in the off-season… this weekend we’ve been on the back foot. We just had a really hard weekend and we’ll go back, look at the drawing board and hopefully come back to Long Beach with a better car. Thanks to my Starstruck Andretti Autosport team for all their hard work.”


DALTON KELLETT
NO. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA, INC. ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

  • Captured his second top-10 finish of the weekend coming home in the seventh position after starting P13 on the temporary street circuit in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla.

“In terms of results, Race Two was pretty much a mirror image of Race One yesterday just going from P13 to P7; there was a lot more excitement today, though. On the first lap, I was able to keep my wits about me and make a couple of passes and get through all the carnage in Turn 4. Other than that, I just kept my head down and was able to maintain pace and keep the cars following behind me. Overall, considering where we started and how qualifying went, I’d say it was a good result. I’m really looking forward to the next race in Nola with the No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA team.”


WEIRON TAN
NO. 22 WEIRON TAN ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

  • Rolled off the grid for Race Two from the sixth position but was caught up in an incident in front of him on Lap 1 which forced his early retirement

“Race Two wasn’t the best… I did’t really have any choice. Going into Turn 4, two cars collided in front of me, and I didn’t have anywhere to go. So our Race Two was just a disaster – we didn’t even have a chance to have a go at it; it’s been a disappointing weekend. The team did what we could, we all worked hard and it didn’t pay out for us. We’ll just forget about this weekend and regroup for Nola and Barber – which we know we’re strong at – and get some valuable points from there.”

MRTI: Grand Prix of St. Pete Race One Report

GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETE, RACE ONE REPORT

          

 


SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

  • Series rookie was caught in an incident on Lap 1 of Race One forcing him to pit for repairs
  • Came to the checkered flag in P10 and will start tomorrow’s 70-minute race from the 12th position

“Today… let’s just say was the worst day of my Mazda Road to Indy career. We started qualifying and I made a mistake, spun and had some rear damage. Luckily we got the car going, but because we caused the red flag, I lost my fastest lap time which put us to the back of the grid. On the (race) start we went with a different, new setup — the car was feeling good, but unfortunately there was an incident on track and I couldn’t get out of the way in time and clipped the right rear, knocking out the rear tow. The rest of the was was survival trying not to hit any walls because the car was close to not driveable. Hopefully tomorrow we can get the Starstruck car back together in one piece and get a good setup on it, go and get a better position than we did today. I want to thank my team for all their hard work. This weekend has been — you could call it a hell week – but hopefully we have a better day tomorrow.


MATT BRABHAM
NO. 83 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

  • Third-generation racer made contact on track resulting in a drive-thru penalty and was also forced to pit to replace his front wing
  • No. 83 team decided to bring the 21-year-old in for fresh Cooper Tires and resulted in the fastest lap of Race One and a starting position of sixth for Race Two

“Not the best of races. I didn’t quite get the start I wanted, then on the restart due to the crash, we picked up a couple of positions and it was looking alright there. It was my mistake — I didn’t really out-brake myself, but I didn’t realize the closing speed on the car in front and I ended up just running into the back of them in Turn 1. Sorry about that; it was my fault. Rightfully so I got a drive-thru penalty so that ruined my race, but as I said it was my fault. Sorry to the guys, the team has been working great and hard all weekend; I was hoping to get some results for them. We managed to get some positives out of it with the fastest lap. We came in, put new tires on and manages to get the fastest lap and get some points on that side. Hopefully it improves our position for tomorrow on the starting grid.”


DALTON KELLETT
NO. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA, INC. ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

  • Finished Race One on the streets of St. Pete from the seventh position after starting from 13th
  • Queen’s University student will start tomorrow’s Race Two from the 13th position

“The first race went really well considering that we started 13th coming out of qualifying. I was able to make it up to seventh and it was a very exciting race. St. Pete always brings some really good racing for the season opener. I have to thank the Andretti Autosport guys for giving me a great car; I was able to make the passes I needed to make up some spots. Really looking forward to tomorrow, hopefully we start a little bit further up on the grid, and hopefully you’ll be seeing the K-Line Insulators No. 28 doing the same thing tomorrow.”


WEIRON TAN
NO. 22 WEIRON TAN ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

  • Started Race One from the ninth position and made contact with the tire barrier in Turn 4 resulting in an early retirement
  • Racer/engineering student will roll off the grid from the seventh position

“Race Two was a bit disappointing. We had a problem with (overheating) brakes, and of course problems with the brakes means an issue with the whole corner. The braking efficiency of the car wasn’t so good in turns. I couldn’t slow the car down enough so that I could roll the speed in the corners — resulting in problems around the whole track really. That didn’t turn out so well for us until one of the turns, Turn 4, where basically (the brakes) just failed and it hurt us (resulting in contact with the tire barrier). Disappointing that we couldn’t pick up any points today and hopefully we’ll do better for tomorrow’s race.”

 

GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETE, QUALIFYING REPORT


RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

  • Advanced from the first round of qualifying to lock in an eighth-place start fortomorrow’s 110-lap race
  • Recorded a second-place finish on the streets of St. Pete in 2014
  • Will record his 170th career IndyCar start when the green flag drops in St. Pete

“In many ways we rebounded today from yesterday’s practice, but it was a disappointing qualifying run. From the first laps, I didn’t really feel we had the balance and the grip level to contend for the Verizon P1 Pole Award, so we need to go back and find some more grip. We’re just a little shy on overall grip at the moment, and hopefully tomorrow we can put it together for warm up and get this DHL Honda up front. It’s a bit of a frustrating day here because we’ve been in the Firestone Fast Six here in the past. We’ll look to regroup for tomorrow.”


SIMONA DE SILVESTRO
NO. 25 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA

  • Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg marks the 26-year-old’s return to IndyCar since the season finale in 2013
  • Swiss racer holds a career best finish of fourth (2011) on the 1.8-mile circuit and will take the 11th grid position tomorrow
  • Will be the only female in the Verizon IndyCar Series field at the season opener

“Yeah 11th is okay for sure. I would have liked to be a little bit more up front, but being back here in IndyCar, it’s definitely been a busy week. We just tested a little bit at the beginning of the week, and just getting to work with everybody here at Andretti Autosport has been great. I think to qualify where we are, it’s okay for the race. Hopefully we can improve tomorrow.”

On the biggest thing she’s noticed since her return to IndyCar:
“Well, definitely the aero kit; it changes the car quite a bit. I think that’s the biggest thing. You have to change a little bit how you’re driving and even kind of understand what the car needs to be fast. I think we’re all learning that, and hopefully we’ll make even more improvements tomorrow.”


MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 SNAPPLE HONDA

  • 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete will start the American’s 10th season of competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series
  • Has an IndyCar career best finish of third on the streets of St. Pete (2013), will start tomorrow’s race from 12th
  • Moves to the No. 27 car for the 2015 season; the car number change also comes with a new engineer (Nathan O’Rourke), pit strategist (George Klotz) and pit crew

“We’re not even close. I thought our potential was a little better than that. We’ve been struggling with understeer — can’t get the car to turn — which for outright pace, is not good, but maybe for the race that’s a good situation to try and look after the (Firestone) reds.”


CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV/CINSAY HONDA

  • 23-year-old’s best start on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg is from the pole position (Indy Lights, 2013), he will start 14th tomorrow
  • 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year returns for his second full season of Verizon IndyCar Series competition in the No. 26 car, a switch from the No. 34 during 2014
  • The 2015 season marks the Colombian’s fourth year with Andretti Autosport

“It was okay. I’m just a little bit frustrated – I could have gone into the next phase. Everyone’s really close here, so you really have to set up every piece (of the car) together (to get it right). It’s a shame, but tomorrow’s a long race, so we’ll see what happens.”

Grand Prix Of St. Pete Practice Report

GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETE, PRACTICE REPORT

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“There was some promise in our early speed; the DHL Honda was up at the top of the time charts there for the first couple of runs, but as the session went on we just didn’t get the most out of the car. We need to do some changes to react to the balance that we now have. On our new tire runs we had yellow flags in the corner so I had to slow down. I think at best we could have been P9, P8. A lot of the front runners ran three sets of tires instead of the two sets that we ran. Hopefully with our changes we can move forward tomorrow.”

On aero kits:
“Racing, first of all, is all about innovation and development and that’s what we have with the aero kits. The engine manufacturers have been tasked to put on as much downforce as efficiently as possible, and what you’ve see is a complete transformation of this Indy car where Chevy has its own look and brand and Honda has its own look and brand and stamp on the car. The performance is up, the speeds — the track records will be broken this year, and they look like you need to wear protective gloves around them, so they look awesome. They look like they should, which is incredibly fast and somewhat scary.”


SIMONA DE SILVESTRO
NO. 25 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA

“First session went okay. I think as a team we are not quite where we want to be, but we are going to work really hard. For me, it was good to be back in the car; it felt okay out there, just looking at a few changes and hopefully we’ll do another leap forward. It’s great to be back here in St. Pete.”


CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV/CINSAY HONDA

“We’re back in St. Petersburg! The second session was rained out, so our day didn’t go as planned. We have a bit of work to do. The first session tomorrow is for 45 minutes and then qualifying, so we’ll see how it goes. The important thing is qualifying, so now we are thinking and working towards that.”


MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 SNAPPLE HONDA

“We struggled today with brake issues, so we only had one real run there at the end of the first session. We think we have a direction on where we need to go but a lot of work to do in Practice Three tomorrow, and then on to quals. Looking to move the Snapple car up the charts.”

 

 

 

GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETE, PRACTICE REPORT

          


MATT BRABHAM
NO. 83 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

– Came away P5 in the IL15’s first official practice session of the 2015 Indy Lights Championship
– Ran 17 laps in the morning session with a best time of 01:07:9134 

“It was a day of ups and downs really. This morning was okay – it was only my second day in the car, so to get out there and come away P5 was okay. Obviously I want to be P1, and we’re still working towards that. We made quite a lot of setup changes from the first session to the second session, it’s just unfortunate that the second session got rained off and canceled. We didn’t get to try those changes but we’ll go into qualifying and see how it goes tomorrow. Having a lot of fun so far – it’s good to be back in St. Pete.”


SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA


– Nashville native finished Practice One in P10, officially marking the start of his Indy Lights rookie campaign
– Today completed 18 laps with a best time of 01:08.5328

“Today wasn’t the day we really wanted. The first session, we needed a couple of setup changes and we weren’t exactly where we thought we would be. We did make some setup changes for Practice Two, but unfortunately there was some precipitation coming out of the upper atmosphere (haha). The session ended up getting called, but we still have a lot to look forward to tomorrow. I want to thank the Starstruck Andretti Autosport guys for giving me a good car that I think has a great chance to get us a nice qualifying position tomorrow.”

WEIRON TAN
NO. 22 WEIRON TAN ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

– Pro Mazda Championship rookie ran a total of 23 laps today coming away third quickest overall
– The Malaysian racer set a fastest lap of 01:12:9013 

“It’s great to be in St. Pete today; it was my first time driving on a street course. Everything here is great – the fans are really cool, it’s a really good atmosphere… I’m sure it will be even better on Sunday. So far so good. Practice Two was a bit wet, so we didn’t really get to run much. Practice One was good – just getting my head around the track. We’re really looking forward to qualifying tomorrow so it’s all been good.”


DALTON KELLETT
NO. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA, INC. ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

– The 21-year-old finished today’s rainy afternoon practice session third quickest and 11th over the two sessions
– Series sophomore’s best time over 28 laps was 01:13.8046

“It was good to get on track at St. Pete for the season opener here. The track is great as always. Sadly there was a little bit of rain this afternoon, but we still managed to get a little bit of time on track before the rain came down too hard. We ended up P3 in the second session, so we’re really looking forward to tomorrow’s qualifying.”

 

MRTI: Grand Prix of St. Pete Preview

GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETE PREVIEW

          


SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA


– Season opener marks the 25-year-old’s race debut in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Championship – becoming the second driver to complete the Mazda Road to Indy with Andretti Autosport
– Holds two podium finishes on the 1.8-mile circuit (Pro Mazda, 2013)


“Going into the unknown in this year’s St. Petersburg race… I’m very excited to get the weekend going, but since no one has really been around each other during testing, I don’t think anyone knows what to expect going into the weekend. The Starstruck Andretti Autosport team has had some good off-season testing, and I’m ready to start the season but there are still a lot of unknowns on the horizon. I want to thank Andretti Autosport and all my supporters for all their hard work and belief in this season!”


MATT BRABHAM
NO. 83 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

– Two-time winner on the downtown St. Petersburg, FL temporary street course (Pro Mazda, 2013)
– Third-generation racer begins his second season in the Indy Lights Championship after capturing fourth in standings during his rookie year with one win, four podium and 10 top-five finishes

“The race in St. Petersburg is certainly one of my favorite events every year. I love the spring break atmosphere around the event. We have had some great success there and have won races with Andretti Autosport at this race in the past. I’m looking forward to getting out on track, getting up to speed quickly in the new Indy Lights car and I’m sure we will bring home some good results.”


WEIRON TAN
NO. 22 WEIRON TAN ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

– Malaysian racer officially begins his first season of North American open-wheel racing for the weekend’s doubleheader
– Captured second place in the 2015 Winterfest Championship with two wins, three second-place finishes and one pole position

“It’s been a month now since Winterfest and I’m ready to get back in the car for St. Pete! Feeling good and positive – so are the Andretti Autosport boys. We are looking forward to a great weekend!”


DALTON KELLETT
NO. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA, INC. ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

– Canadian begins his second season of Pro Mazda Championship competition and first with Andretti Autosport
– Secured third place in the Winterfest Championship with one podium and three top-seven finishes

“I can’t wait for the season opener in St. Pete. It’s an amazing track and a great city for the venue; the fans and the atmosphere at this event are great! I’m looking forward to keeping up the momentum we gathered in Winterfest. The K-Line Insulators USA car will look great in the Florida sun!”

 

DELIVRA ADDED TO ARSENAL OF PARTNERS FOR ANDRETTI

DELIVRA ADDED TO ARSENAL OF PARTNERS FOR ANDRETTI

INDIANAPOLIS (March 20, 2015) – Email marketing company Delivra has been added to the arsenal of partners within the Andretti Autosport family. The Indianapolis-based company joins the four-time IndyCar Series champions, also located within the Circle City, as its official provider of email marketing for all of its teams under the organization – Andretti Autosport, Andretti Formula E and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross.

With their three-step process of listen, formulate, implement, Delivra brings unparalleled customer service and support to assist businesses in achieving their goals.

“The level of appreciation Andretti Autosport has for its fans and sponsors directly mirrors our company’s customer-centric business model, making the partnership a perfect fit,” said Neil Berman, president and CEO of Delivra. “This relationship will provide a deep connection to the sport for which our headquarter city of Indianapolis is known. We look forward to working alongside the legendary racing team and arming their marketers with impactful email software and service.”

“It’s great to have such a customer service-centric business join our extensive list of valued partners,” noted Michael Andretti, chairman, president and CEO of Andretti Autosport. “Their view of putting their customers first ties in well with the deep appreciation we have for our fans and the rest of our partners. With their technology, and the support behind it, Delivra will only improve our efforts in reaching out to our family of supporters.”

The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season kicks off in St. Petersburg, FL for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg which will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET March 29. New members of the Andretti Autosport family from Delivra will join the team in the sunshine state to watch the INDYCAR action trackside.
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About Andretti Autosport
Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts a wide racing portfolio rooted in tradition and designed for success. Together with Andretti Formula E and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series, Indy Lights and the Pro Mazda Championship, along with entries in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross. The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008, 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013) and one USF2000 championship (2010) and has captured victory at the famed Indianapolis 500 three times (2005, 2007, 2014). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com or AndrettiTV.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti and @AndrettiFE.

About Delivra
Delivra is an email marketing platform that has helped businesses execute effective marketing campaigns for more than 15 years. Known for its industry expertise and unrivaled customer service, Delivra helps businesses engage in meaningful conversations with customers that produce tangible results. Delivra empowers organizations to achieve business goals through a suite of professional services, including strategic campaign consulting, email design, content strategy and more. Delivra has implemented dynamic marketing solutions for nearly 500 companies representing varying industries. Visit www.Delivra.com for more information.

BRABHAM AND ANDRETTI TOGETHER FOR ST. PETE INDY LIGHTS

BRABHAM AND ANDRETTI TOGETHER FOR ST. PETE INDY LIGHTS

INDIANAPOLIS (March 18, 2015) – Matt Brabham will make a return to Indy Lights for the first event of the 2015 season at St. Petersburg, Florida (March 27-29) with Andretti Autosport.

The arrangement sees the Brabham and Andretti names come together once again after a successful first Indy Lights season in 2014 and clinching the Pro Mazda Championship together in 2013.

Matt was in Indianapolis for a seat fitting and will test at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Monday prior to the Florida race.

Brabham has had a great deal of success at St. Petersburg in the past. He dominated both races in the Pro Mazda Championship in 2013 to start his record-breaking championship year – which saw him take 13 wins, including seven in succession. In the 21-year-old’s first Indy Lights race there last year, he qualified third and was pushing for second before a brush with the wall dropped him to ninth.

2014 saw Matt, the grandson of three times Formula 1 World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham, finish fourth in the Indy Lights title hunt. Matt’s debut season in the category included a win at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and a heart-breaking Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he finished second by a mere 0.005 of a second.

During the US Winter, Brabham has been occupying Reserve Driver duties for the Andretti Formula-E team, being drafted in for the Putrajaya and Punta del Este rounds of the all-electric series, acquitting himself well during both campaigns with limited leadup time.

His chief engineer from the Formula E campaign, Dave Seyffert, will be engineering the No. 83 car at St. Petersburg.

Joining Brabham in the Andretti Indy Lights squad will be another Mazda Road to Indy standout – Shelby Blackstock – who was his teammate in 2013 and the duo work well together on setup and data sharing.

In total, the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Championship consists of 16 rounds at 10 events in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series. St. Petersburg will be the first event of the new generation Dallara Indy Lights chassis package, which has brought increased interest from around the globe.

MATT BRABHAM, No. 83 Indy Lights
“It’s brilliant that we have the opportunity to link up with Andretti Autosport again for this campaign,” said Brabham. “It has been a tough off-season trying to piece everything together, but thanks to the team and some close supporters, we’ll be at St Petersburg.

“Having won both races at St. Pete in Pro Mazda and being quite strong there last year, I’m confident of hitting the ground running. It’s a great track and I love street courses, so we’ll be aiming to be in the mix.

“It is a brand new car this year – so there is a bit to learn, but the experience from developing the Formula E car with Andretti will work in my favour – like the Indy Lights car, it was a totally new package and those FE street courses are some of the tightest I’ve ever raced on.

“In terms of Indy Lights testing, I’m a bit behind the eight ball, but through FE and training regularly, I’m going in race fit. Andretti Autosport are the best team in the pitlane, so I have no doubt the knowledge they’ve obtained from Shelby (Blackstock – team-mate) will help me, plus I now have a great working relationship with Dave (Seyffert – Engineer) from our Formula E adventures.

“Without the support of Michael and the team at Andretti Autosport, we wouldn’t have this opportunity so I am very thankful to them, also my family and a group of supporters – who we’ll be working hard to repay with a very strong result.”

MICHAEL ANDRETTI, Chairman, President & CEO, Andretti Autosport
“It’s great to have Matt back in a seat within our Indy Lights program. He’s done a stellar job stepping up for us in the INDYCAR off-season in our Formula E team as reserve driver, but it will be great to see him back in Indy Lights alongside Shelby (Blackstock). Those two work well together and they will be ones to watch as they hit the streets of St. Pete.”

TE CONNECTIVITY TEAMS UP WITH ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT FOR INDYCAR RACING

TE CONNECTIVITY TEAMS UP WITH ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT FOR INDYCAR RACING
Global Tech Company Becomes Sponsor of Championship-Winning Racing Team
INDIANAPOLIS (March 17, 2015) – Connectivity and sensor solutions leader TE Connectivity has announced a new venture for the global technology company as they partner with Andretti Autosport for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

“We’re proud to be an associate sponsor and the Official Connectivity and Sensor Solutions Sponsor to Andretti Autosport,” said Amy Shah, chief marketing officer, TE Connectivity. “TE’s high-performance technologies including our connectors, sensors and cables are in every Andretti Autosport Indy car and are trusted technology solutions in the exciting sport of racing throughout the world. Our commitment to innovation, particularly in high-performance and extreme applications, is revealed in Andretti’s pursuit of racing excellence.”

The Indianapolis-based team, the reigning Indianapolis 500 champions, welcomes TE Connectivity as an official sponsor of its IndyCar program.

“We are really excited to announce this new partnership and welcome TE Connectivity to our family of corporate sponsors,” said Michael Andretti, Chairman, President and CEO, Andretti Autosport. “The relationship provides a unique opportunity to showcase the reliability and high-performance capabilities of TE Connectivity’s innovative products and technologies in the very demanding environment of the Verizon IndyCar Series. Our engineers rely extensively on the TE connectors, cables and sensors integrated throughout each of our Indy cars to capture, monitor and download critical performance and safety-related data anytime our race cars are on track. That data and wireless telemetry are used to make key decisions on car set up, race strategy and driver safety. TE Connectivity plays a direct role in our on-track success and we are proud to have them on our team.”

The Verizon IndyCar Series heads to the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. for the season opener on March 29 which will broadcast live on ABC at 3:00 p.m. ET. Stay connected to both organizations via Twitter, @FollowAndretti and @TEConnectivity.

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ABOUT ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT
Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts a wide racing portfolio rooted in tradition and designed for success. Together with Andretti Formula E and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series, Indy Lights and the Pro Mazda Championship, along with entries in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross. The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008, 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013) and one USF2000 championship (2010) and has captured victory at the famed Indianapolis 500 three times (2005, 2007, 2014). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com or AndrettiTV.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti and @AndrettiFE.

ABOUT TE CONNECTIVITY
TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $14 billion global technology leader. Our connectivity and sensor solutions are essential in today’s increasingly connected world. We collaborate with engineers to transform their concepts into creations – redefining what’s possible using intelligent, efficient and high-performing TE products and solutions proven in harsh environments. Our 80,000 people, including 7,500 design engineers, partner with customers in over 150 countries across a wide range of industries. We believe EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS – www.TE.com.

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