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Preview: Verizon IndyCar Series

  Sixteen races have come and gone and the championship title will be determined at the double-points season finale held at Sonoma Raceway. Not only will it be the final race of the 2018 season, it is the final Verizon IndyCar Series event held at the 2.385-mile track for the foreseeable future. On his first…

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Preview: Verizon IndyCar Series

UNDER THE LIGHTS. THE CIRCUIT.  After a trip to Marco Andretti’s home track, the team is bringing it back to the Midwest for 248 laps under the Saturday night lights of Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis. Sitting just outside the top 10 in standings and collecting seven top-10 finishes this season, Andretti will look to…

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Preview: Verizon IndyCar Series at Mid-Ohio

Back In The Midwest. THE CIRCUIT.  The team returns to the Midwest as we gear up for Round 13 of Verizon IndyCar Series competition this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Heading into the weekend Marco Andretti rounds out the top 10 in the championship standings and islooking to gain position on his competitors ahead of him….

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Recap: Honda Indy Toronto

QUALIFYING. Weather played a role in Saturday’s qualifying session as a short rain fell and the track became just wet enough for each group of Round 1 qualifying to start on the Firestone rain-option tires.  The track dried quickly during the second group’s run and Marco Andretti was one of the first to make his way to…

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The fast food company will provide associate sponsorship to the No. 98 through the Indy 500-winning team.  LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 12, 2018) – Mexican fast food favorite, King Taco, will again join the Bryan Herta Autosport team of partners for this year’s Grand Prix of Long Beach. The pair has partnered for the annual event…

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INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 30, 2016) – Andretti Autosport announced today that the team has extended its Indianapolis 500 race-winning partnership with Bryan Herta Autosport through the 2017 season.

“We’re happy to have Bryan back with the team for 2017,” expressed owner of Andretti Autosport, Michael Andretti. “His team fits well into our family and we are excited to see continued growth and success with the partnership. Bryan is a long time friend and a true asset to our organization. We are eager to see what next season has in store.”

The partnership which formed late February 2016, proved to be a successful formula at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 where the Andretti – Herta entry, piloted by Alexander Rossi, was crowned triumphant under the strategy calls of Bryan Herta. With a jump-start on the 2017 campaign, Herta will remain actively involved with overall Andretti team strategy.

“I am super thrilled to continue our partnership with Andretti Autosport,” said Bryan Herta. “We have a lot of exciting plans for the team throughout the off-season that I know can only make us more competitive for the 2017 season. Last year came together quite late, but this year we’ve committed early and that can only help better prepare us for next season. On a personal note – I would like to thank Michael [Andretti] and JF [Thormann] and the entire Andretti Autosport organization for welcoming our team into the family. I am 100-percent committed to helping the entire team in every way possible in order to see Andretti Autosport in Winner’s Circle many times next year.”

While the off-season may have just started, the team is actively preparing for the test season’s green flag. The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship kicks off on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida Sunday, March 12. Keep up to date on all of the team’s off-season announcements at and via Twitter with @FollowAndretti.



Qualifying for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race began yesterday as teams lined pit lane to make their initial attempts with one goal – finish the day in the “Top Nine”. The No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS/ Curb car was fourth on track to qualify and rookie Alexander Rossi clocked an impressive 230.048 mph run on his first and only attempt. That first attempt’s speed was quick enough to keep the Honda-powered car in the “Fast Nine” throughout almost the entire session. Just seconds before the closing gun was fired, one last car made its final effort and bumped the rookie from pole contention.

Today the final starting grid was set and the No. 98 car set out for one final try with spots 10-33 up for grabs. The Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian entry was last in the group to fight for the 10th spot and saw the checkered on qualifying with an average speed of 228.473 mph. The rookie will start from the middle of the fourth row and also earned “Fastest Rookie” honors.


This week’s practice brought mixed weather each day of on track activity. The Tuesday session was cancelled due to rain and Mother Nature couldn’t make up her mind if she wanted it to be hot, cold, or windy. Through all the weather conditions the entire team proved to be strong, including the California-native. Rossi finished fourth for Practice 1, 15th for Practices 3 & 4, 10th for Fast Friday, and claimed the top-spot for qualifying practices both Saturday and Sunday


“Eleventh was one away from what we could’ve hoped for after yesterday, so we’ll take it. It’s pretty clear that the Andretti cars are pretty strong, including the NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb car. We’ll keep working away these next few days and do the best that we can to be as prepared as possible for race day.”

Bryan Herta Autosport – Long Beach Weekend Recap


Starting from the 16th position, Alexander Rossi and the Andretti Herta Autosport team showed consistent and competitive pace throughout the entire race, running as high as 11th.  The No. 98 Castrol Edge/ Curb Honda suffered from a difficult second pit stop. As the car came into the pits, the machine stalled and struggled to restart resulting in a lost lap. The team crossed the finish line in the 20th position for the Long Beach Grand Prix.QUALIFYING 



Qualifying in Group 2 for Round 1, the No. 98 car was just a few hundreths of a second short from advancing to the second round.  Alexander Rossi and the Andretti Herta Autosport team started today’s race from the 16th position.



Practice 1 was cut short when the No. 98 Castrol Edge/Curb car landed in the tires of Turn 8. The team was able to get the car ready to participate in Practice 2 Friday afternoon. During the final practice Sundaymorning, Alexander was able to find some speed necessary to place him in the Top-10.



“Super frustrating. The result for all of us (Andretti Autosport) was not good and we need to work hard the next couple days prior to Barber. On my side, I think we were much more competitive than we were in St. Pete. Unfortunately, we had a stall on the second stop and the car wouldn’t re-fire so that kind of ruined our race. I think compared to the other cars we were much more competitive on the 98 side, but still we’re missing something as a group that we need to find out as soon as possible. ”


The Andretti Herta Autosport team packs up and heads east for the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park next weekend. Make sure to catch the action live on NBC Sports Sunday, April 24 at 3pm ET.


INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 18, 2016) – Bryan Herta Autosport announced today that the team will join forces with four-time IndyCar championship team Andretti Autosport via a merger that will see Andretti field a fourth entry for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The No. 98 Honda will join the Andretti stable as crew members from Bryan Herta Autosport are also welcomed to the Andretti racing family. Herta himself will remain involved as he takes to the timing stand, filling the role of race strategist for the No. 98 and overall team driver coach. The team’s fourth full-season driver will be announced at a later date.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this new chapeter for Bryan Herta Autosport,” said Bryan Herta. “Michael has been a long-time friend, and we certainly know that Andretti Autosport was a big part of my career. When the opportunity came together for us to strengthen our organization and merge with one of the most successful teams and names in the sport, it was really a no brainer. I’m especially proud that what we’ve built with all the employees of BHA will remain intact and become part of the fabric of Andretti Autosport.”

“Bryan is a long-time friend and I was happy to watch him build a successful Indy car team,” said Michael Andretti. “Bringing Bryan and his crew into the family is a great opportunity for all parties to build an even stronger organization. Having Bryan’s experience is a welcome addition to the team. I’m honored to be able to carry on what he started and look forward to a competitive season.” 

The battle for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship begins March 13on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Indycar Releases 2016 Schedule. Adds Phoenix, Road America, and Boston

2016 Indycar Schedule Release
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Indianapolis  –After much anticipation, the 2016 Verizon Indycar Series schedule was released this morning (see bottom of release).  The highlights of the 2016 campaign include a return to Phoenix International Raceway and Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. Also the addition of a street race in Boston adds a major media market on the east coast as Indycar continues to grow the fan base in that area of the country.

The 2016 schedule also begins earlier and ends later, mid-September in Sonoma, CA again. It features a nearly perfect balance of fifteen venues (Detroit being the only Double-Header this year) with five ovals, five street circuits, and five natural terrain road courses.

Gabby Chaves on the 2016 Schedule:

“I’m excited about the 2016 Verizon Indycar Series schedule with some new venues and better spacing in between races. I like the fact that we will have a new oval, road course, and street circuit to change things up a little, which will be fun and challenging. I’m really looking forward on having my first go at Road America in an Indycar, from what I hear from various drivers that tested there, it’s almost like a video game with incredible grip, stopping power and high speed.”

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