Marco Andretti moves to #98 Andretti-Herta car
|Will a switch to the #98 bring Andretti better luck?|
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 7, 2017) – The race-winning partnership between Bryan Herta Autosport and Andretti Autosport will continue for a third season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Andretti Herta Autosport team will again field the No. 98 Honda, but this season it will be third-generation driver Marco Andretti behind the wheel.
While remaining co-owner of Alexander Rossi’s entry in 2017, Bryan Herta stepped off the No. 98 timing stand and moved within the Andretti Autosport team to call strategy for Andretti. The duo and No. 27 team collected five top-10 finishes together, with a best finish of fourth on the streets of Toronto.
“I’m thrilled to be continuing the partnership with Andretti Autosport," said Herta, president of Bryan Herta Autosport. “The relationship has worked really well both on and off the track for us and our partners. I’m looking forward to moving back onto the No. 98 timing stand with Marco and can’t wait to get the 2018 season started."
“I’m very much looking forward to being in the Andretti-Herta entry," said Marco Andretti. “My goal is to bring the No. 98 another Indy 500 win along with many other victories. Working with Bryan has been refreshing – he is very committed to getting me all the tools I need to get back into victory circle. He believes in my talent and is dedicated to turn that into results."
Andretti Herta Autosport has earned two victories in its two-year partnership, the first at the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and the second in 2017 at Watkins Glen International after starting from the pole position.
With the 30 year-old climbing in to the No. 98 car for 2018, Alexander Rossi will transition to pilot the No. 27 entry of Andretti Autosport with NAPA AUTO PARTS returning for a 10-race co-primary package. The two teammates will join veteran driver Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda) and rookie Zach Veach (No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda) for the all-American 2018 line-up. The Verizon IndyCar Series season kicks off March 9 on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.