Andretti & Herta Continue Partnership
Story By: JEFF PAPPONE / INDYcar SERIES MEDIA
Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO / RACERSGUIDE.COM
INDIANAPOLIS – October 1, 2016- Bryan Herta Autosport announced Friday that the team has extended its Indianapolis 500 race-winning partnership with Andretti Autosport through the 2017 season.
“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.”
The partnership, which formed late in 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, went to victory lane 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.
“We’re happy to have Bryan back with the team for 2017,” said 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 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship kicks off on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday, March 12.
The team did not confirm if Rossi would return to pilot the No. 98 Andretti-Herta entry.