All Andretti 2019 Preview

Marco Andretti
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 of permanent road course, temporary street circuits, short ovals and superspeedways. The team finished the 2018 season with a platform to build on, with the three veteran drivers on the team all claiming championship points to place them well within the top 10.

As the four drivers prepare to fight for their chance at the NTT IndyCar Series Champion title, the determination to push a little harder and dig a little deeper has reached an all-time high. 

Who’s ready to crown the next champion? 

We are.

THE LINE UP:

CONSISTENCY IS KEY.
For the first time in 10 years, all four of the drivers who competed with the team in 2018 have been retained for a second season together. The drivers were able to build relationships and trust as well as work together to create the success that was present. With a consistent line up, pick-up-where-you-left-off is the name of the game.



“I think the fact that all the drivers that were a part of the team last year are returning for the 2019 season is going to be a huge benefit to the team,” said U.S. Concrete driver Marco Andretti. “We all understand each other and our desires – how we like the car set up. I know some things Rossi or Hunter-Reay like, don’t necessarily fit my style and they may not like what works for me. Everyone is comfortable with each other and we are all on the same page.”

DRIVER STATUS:

VETERAN TWO NEW TRACKS.
After a stellar rookie campaign in 2018, Zach Veach has removed his rookie stripes and earned the title of NTT IndyCar Series veteran driver. With just one full year under his belt learning from his three talented teammates, the 24-year-old is ready to build off his two top-five finishes and land on the podium for the first time.

“One of the things I noticed when I looked at my Gainbridge car is that the rookie stripe has been removed,” said Veach. “My rookie season will always be something I remember, there’s so much to take away every weekend. Now starting my second year in the NTT IndyCar Series, I’m excited to be considered a ‘veteran’ but I still feel like there’s a lot to learn before I’m a true veteran of the series like Ryan and Marco. Our first year was strong and I’m excited to use that experience to have an even better second year where I feel we can start competing for podiums and wins each weekend. “With 15 races returning to the schedule from the 2018 season, the NTT IndyCar Series welcomes Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, to the premiere American open-wheel circuit and welcomes back WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the 2019 season finale after 15 years.

Adding two tracks of this caliber is yet another indication of the forward progress that INDYCAR is making,” said Alexander Rossi. “COTA is the premiere permanent road course in North America and a track that I loved driving at back in my previous life in F1. All the drivers seemed to really enjoy it during Spring Training last month and I think we will put on a great show there. As for Laguna, this track is where I got introduced to racing as a young boy and will become my new home track. It is an exceptional venue for a season finale and I hope that we arrive in a position to fight for a championship in September”

HISTORY IN THE MAKING.

With 2,047 starts across the entire team, Andretti Autosport has built a strong resume with the possibility of achieving many milestones this year. One of the milestones the team could reach is earning its 200th pole position. With the team sitting on 191 currently, a total of 9 pole positions is an achievable goal across all our platforms with over 70 races remaining this season.

The biggest milestone the team can hit this year, is collecting its 200th race win. Heading into the race weekend with 197 wins, the team will be competing in six races making it possible to hit this landmark accomplishment. 

Ryan Hunter-Reay has earned the team 15 wins in the NTT IndyCar Series, the most of any driver in Andretti’s 17-season run.

Hunter-Reay said, “The fact that Andretti Autosport is within three races of reaching the 200-win milestone is a testament to the men and women within this team who have dedicated themselves to achieving so much success over the years.  This team is like family to me and I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a great organization.  I joined Andretti Autosport in its first year with Michael sole-owner and was so proud to record the first victory in Long Beach in 2010.  Fast forward 14 wins later and here we are going into our 10th season together with our sights set on another Indy 500 win and a second championship.  We’ve certainly ticked some of the biggest boxes off the list, however we’re hungrier and more determined than ever to achieve so much more this season and in the years to come. “

NO. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA

This year, the No. 26 car of Zach Veach will take on a different paint scheme with the colors of Gainbridge painting the car black, yellow and blue for the 17-race season. Primary sponsor of Veach’s 2017 ride and parent company to Grainbridge, Group 1001 will also return to the line-up of partners supporting the sophomore driver. Axia TP also decorates the racing machine along with new partners Business Furniture and Choreo. The United States Air Force will also appear on the team’s racing machines for the season bringing a special appearance of Captain Marvel to the race cars for the season opener in St. Pete to celebrate the feature film’s release on Friday.

No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA

Alexander Rossi’s No. 27 machine will remain in the blue and gold colors of NAPA AUTO PARTS for 10 races this season. In addition to NAPA AUTO PARTS, you will see brands such as Carlyle Tools, MilitaryToMotorsports.com, AxiaTP and Kinetic Vision return from 2018 and Castrol EDGE will appear again after spending the 2018 season on the No. 98 machine of Marco Andretti. DHL, NAPA Balkamp and NAPA Safety will decorate the No. 27 Honda along with NAPA AutoCare, Purple Power, Armor All, Avalanche, Permatex and RainX. U.S. Air Force will also be seen on the 27-year-old’s car for the 17-race season.No. 28 DHL HONDA

As DHL celebrates their 50th anniversary, they return to Ryan Hunter-Reay’s racing machine for the ninth year as primary sponsor of the Indy 500 champ. The yellow and red car will also welcome back AutoNation and RelaDyne along with Orafol, SHARP Business Systems and Dickinson Fleet Services. The U.S. Air Force will also decorate the No. 28 car for the season.

No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA

The Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Andretti and Curb-Agajanian entry will wear the red and grey colors of U.S. Concrete for eight races this season. Returning with U.S. Concrete is AutoNation, Oberto, Circle K, UniFirst and Curb Records with Red Lion Hotels and U.S. Concrete New York also decorating the car. For the full season, United States Air Force will ride along the side of Andretti’s car with the rest  of the Andretti Fleet.
LET’S TALK TECHNICAL.From building the race cars and creating parts to painting the final touches of the liveries, there are countless boxes that wouldn’t be checked in an efficient time without the help of our technical partners. Firestone and Honda provide the tires and engines that lead our race cars to victory lane while Stratasys allows us to 3-D print prototype parts and other items that bring the ideas of our research and development team to life. SIEMENS provides the product life-cycle management software allowing our DMG MORI machines to create the diverse range of parts and components for our race cars. BASF provides solutions to increase our competitive edge on track, and the job wouldn’t be complete without painting and wrapping the cars the way we identify them with the reliable products of Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes and Orafol.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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