Andretti Green announced today that team co-owner Michael Andretti will take over the role of strategist for driver Danica Patrick on the team's #7 entry for the 2009 IndyCar Series season.
Andretti, who co-owns Andretti Green with partners Kim Green and Kevin Savoree, won 42 times during his professional driving career and has helped guide Andretti Green to three IndyCar Series championships and two Indianapolis 500 wins in just six seasons of operation.
Andretti replaces Kyle Moyer, who worked with Patrick in 2008 and will now return to call races for driver Marco Andretti on the team's #26 entry.
Andretti Green's two other entries will retain the same strategist/driver alignments as last season with Kim Green returning to Hideki Mutoh's #27 entry and George Klotz rejoining Tony Kanaan on the #11 car.
The 2009 IndyCar Series season begins April 5 with the fifth-annual running of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Fla. For more information on tickets to the season-opener, please visit www.gpstpete.com or call (727) 898-INDY, extension 225.
Michael Andretti, co-owner, Andretti Green: "As a driver and as an owner, I've seen a million different scenarios unfold during a race and I'm sure I'll see a few more this year. But, as a strategist, you just have to try to anticipate what is going to happen and be a little bit smarter than everybody you're racing against. This will be a new challenge for sure, but I'm looking forward to working more closely with Danica."
Danica Patrick, #7 Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I'm looking forward to having Michael call the shots for me this year. Michael has been a great resource for me since I came to Andretti Green and having him in my pit box is going to be good. He has been very hands-on with all four of our cars in the past and it will be great having him calling races for me."
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