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Andretti Autosport boss Michael Andretti is predicting ‘big changes’ for Walkinshaw Andretti United next year after getting throttled by the Ford Mustang teams all year
Aside from last weekend’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 podium when James Courtney and Jack Perkins secured third, the Holden squad has stumbled in the second year of its partnership with the IndyCar giant and Zak Brown’s United Autosports after showing promise last season.
“I think this year’s been a little bit disappointing, but we sort of had an idea we’d have some challenges for one reason or another," said Andretti.
“We’re really focused on next year. We’ve got a lot of exciting things that we’re working on within the team.
“You’ll see some big changes within the team and I think they’re all going to be very positive."
When asked to explain if the big changes surround the squad’s driver line-up at a press conference, Andretti was non-committal.
“Possibly; possibly within engineering; possibly with management," he said.
“There’s all kinds of things we’re working on right now to make the team better than what it is. Wait and you’ll see."
“We’re very committed. We’re on this thing all the time," he explained.
“We have calls weekly. We know everything that is going on within the team. I think we have a great relationship.
“I think there’s been some talk that maybe we’re not that involved, but I can tell you and assure you that all of us are very committed to this, and this is not a short-term program.
“This is something that we’re going to be making sure we’re going to make it successful."
Despite his involvement in F1, Brown echoed Andretti’s sentiments.
“You’ve got to finish what you’ve started," said Brown.
“We’ve come to try and try and compete at the front and win races and championships. I think it’s a great series and we’re just getting started."