NTT INDYCAR SERIES OF NOTE: Andretti Autosport is closing in on 200 wins across all racing platforms and with four races across three series (Formula E, Indy Lights, IndyCar) this weekend, it is possible for that milestone to be reached before the teams pack up and head home from Austin. The team currently has 197…
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IndyCar Driver Living with Diabetes Helps Raise Awareness for Diabetes Treatment Options INDIANAPOLIS (Thurs., March 14, 2019) — MannKind Corporation (Nasdaq:MNKD) announced today it is sponsoring Conor Daly as he makes his debut with the Andretti Autosport team at the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2019. MannKind is an associate sponsor of Andretti…
MARCH 10, 2019 The first race of the season is in the books and Alexander Rossi led the Andretti Autosport team of four with a top-five finish. Marco Andretti was forced to pit off strategy for a flat tire but fought his way back through the field. Zach Veach earned his best finish on the…
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG
Qualifying for Sunday’s NTT IndyCar Series season opener is in the books with two Andretti drivers earning their way to the Firestone Fast Six.
All 110-laps of street racing can be seen on NBC Sports Network starting at 12:30 p.m. ET.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019
Tomorrow will host a practice session in the morning and the field of 24 will earn their starting positions in the afternoon. Qualifying will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network 2:30 p.m. ET.
- Finished the day first overall with a best lap time of 01:00.8969
- Finished both practice sessions of the day inside the top two
- Will look to make his sixth St. Pete appearance in the Firestone Fast Six tomorrow
“Really happy to be back in St. Pete. It’s just a fantastic event and fantastic venue. We definitely made some changes between the sessions and at first I thought it was a bit of a handful and it still is, we are right on the edge of tipping it over. It was a good outing. The Firestone Reds came in real quickly, as the Firestone Reds usually do. The car was pretty good. It is a handful at the moment, I’d like it to be a little bit more polite in a few areas. We will put our heads together as a team and work with Honda to get this No. 28 DHL up front but it is a good first step.”
No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA
- Finished the day third overall with a best lap time of 01:01.0351
- After finishing the first practice in 18th, found comfort and speed in the car for FP2 placing himself inside the top three
- Will look to better his best starting position which is currently second (2007)
“The U.S. Concrete car feels good – and we think we may even have a little bit more in it, so we just have to execute tomorrow. The car feels a little bit like Detroit, if we can just execute in qualifying, we can get it. So that’s going to be our goal, but I think we’re close.”
No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA
- Finished the day sixth overall with a best lap time of 01:01.1388
- Remained inside the top six upon the checkered flag of both practice sessions
- Looks to make his first Firestone Fast Six appearance on the streets of St. Petersburg where his best start is currently eighth
“It was a productive Friday. I think the team in general is pretty quick, obviously. It’s amazing how close it is. It’s going to take a lot of work tomorrow morning to ensure that we are in the Firestone Fast Six tomorrow afternoon. A couple hundredths (of a second) make a huge difference in terms of the (starting) position that you are in, so I think we have a good baseline. We will work to improve it some more this evening.”
No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA
- Finished the day 23rd overall with a best lap time of 01:02.0331
- Despite the result of Practice 2, the sophomore driver is happy with the car and direction for tomorrow’s Practice 3
- Claimed the ninth spot on Practice 1’s time chart
“Overall I’m really happy with today. The last session was not what we wanted at all – we took a big gamble on some changes and it was the wrong way. Then I got a little too greedy and got into the wall a little bit. We’re ready for tomorrow, though. We have the speed in the Gainbridge car to run in the top six, which has given me a lot of confidence. We just have to put it all together.”
Jim R. Wright Joins Commercial Team to Aid in Partnership & Business Development INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, March 6, 2019) –Andretti Autosport has today announced a strategic expansion of its commercial staffing as it continues to grow and diversify. Drawing upon intellectual property, technical knowledge and experience gained through 13 championship titles, 197 race wins and five Indianapolis…
2019 NTT INDYCAR SERIES SEASON PREVIEW ALL ANDRETTI. SEASON XVII. Andretti Autosport will embark on its 17th season racing in the NTT IndyCar Series circuit when the cars roll off the trucks in the city of St. Petersburg, Florida. The 2019 schedule will host 17 rounds of competition across 16 weekends on a healthy mix…
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 25, 2019) – Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay was honored with the National Automotive Racing Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday by Jay Leno at the gala for the 13th annual Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation.
Other 2019 award winners were Dietmar Exler, USA Mercedes-Benz President & CEO, the National Automotive Manufacture Lifetime Achievement Award, and Rick Hendrick, Owner of the Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Motorsports, the Automotive Lifetime Dealer Achievement Award. Some of the previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Roger Penske (2008), Bobby Rahal (2009), Mike Jackson, CEO AutoNation (2010), Wayne Huizenga (2011), Carroll Shelby (2012), and Emmerson Fittipaldi (2013).
Hunter-Reay, the 2012 NTT IndyCar Series Champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner, is the most successful American driver currently participating in open wheel competition with more wins than any other American open-wheel driver. Hunter-Reay is a two time ESPY Winner (2013 & 2014), an award given annually to the best driver, in any category, in the world.
Hunter-Reay is the recipient of both the IndyCar Rookie of the Year Award (2007) and Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Award (2008) and is the only American driver to have won races in the NTT IndyCar Series, CART, ChampCar, American LeMans Series and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.
The 38-year-old, who resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his wife Beccy and three young boys, has driven for Andretti Autosport since 2010 posting 15 wins for the team and accounting for over half the teams IndyCar wins during that time. Last season Hunter-Reay recorded two IndyCar wins including the series final race at Sonoma Raceway after starting from the pole position, finished fourth in the IndyCar Series championship, and an overall win in the WeatherTech Lemans Series final race of the season at their ‘Petit Lemans’ race in a Daytona Prototype.
Hunter-Reay founded his Racing for Cancer charity in 2010 in honor of his mother’s passing from colon cancer in 2009. In the past five years the charity has raised more than 7 million dollars in partnership with AutoNation, for which he has been a spokesman since 2013.
The three-day event at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Florida, including the gala charity dinner and auction where the awards were presented, showcased an extensive collection of more than 200 automobiles and motorcycles. Bentley Motorcars, celebrating its 100th anniversary, was the designated marque of the year at the event.
Jay Leno, former host of the “Tonight Show” and current star of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” was the Master of Ceremonies for the Awards Dinner where Hunter-Reay was presented his award as well as a Judge of the cars on display Sunday.
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ANDRETTI TECHNOLOGIES FORMS TECHNICAL PARTNERSHIP WITH HARDING STEINBRENNER RACING
AUSTIN, Texas (Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019) – Andretti Technologies, the advanced technology arm of Andretti Autosport, announced today a partnership with NTT IndyCar Series competitors Harding Steinbrenner Racing to provide engineering and development support through the 2019 season.
As part of the new relationship, Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s engineering team will be staffed by veteran race engineers with Andretti Autosport experience. Additionally, the team will receive technical and development support, along with having access to the same damper program used by Andretti Autosport IndyCar Series entries.
The technical alliance builds on the successful relationship started with the 2018 IndyCar Series finale at Sonoma Raceway, which saw Andretti Technologies provide engineering assistance to Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s season finale effort.
Founded in late 2014, Andretti Technologies was the powertrain provider for the Andretti Formula E program for Seasons 3 and 4. The new technical partnership with Harding Steinbrenner Racing is the first of a number of initiatives to establish Andretti Technologies as a service provider within motorsports and beyond.
INDIANAPOLIS — The No. 26 of Zach Veach will take on a bold new look for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season as primary sponsor Group1001 features online financial services platform Gainbridge on Veach’s full-season entry.
Gainbridge is a digital-first annuity and life insurance agency built to equip people for action. It puts power directly into clients’ hands with an offering of high-yield tax-deferred accumulation and income products designed to grow their money for goals big and small, not just retirement. The products Gainbridge offers provide three key benefits: steady growth, simplicity and transparency.
“Last week, we announced that Gainbridge would be the presenting sponsor of the iconic Indianapolis 500. This week, we are excited to extend our Gainbridge brand to the No. 26 Zach Veach car,” said Andres Barragan, Chief Experience Officer of Group1001. “For Gainbridge, branding the No 26 for all of the 2019 season represents a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate a bold and steady way to continued success. We are extremely excited to have Zach and the No. 26 Gainbridge car represent us in 2019.”
The products Gainbridge offers are currently available to residents of Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey, with service expanding to many more states in the coming weeks. As part of a multi-year partnership with Andretti Autosport, the No. 26 of Veach saw the branding of parent company Group1001 as well as insurtech consumer brand Relay through Veach’s 2018 rookie campaign.
“To be a part of it at such an exciting time, with a company to represent like Gainbridge and Group1001, is very special,” said Veach. “Gainbridge believes in achieving financial goals through consistency and endurance. And that’s exactly how I approach racing. It’s not sheer speed that matters, it is about going fast enough to win, but slow enough to finish, and never taking risks or pushing the car any more than needed to be in the right place on the last laps. We like winning, and so does Gainbridge. It’s something that lines up perfectly. I can’t wait to get the season started and get the Gainbridge car on track.”
The NTT IndyCar Series season kicks off on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., with the opening round of competition March 10. All 17 rounds of open-wheel action can be seen on NBC and NBC Sports Network.
For more information on Gainbridge, visit www.gainbridge.life.