The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series proved to be a breakthrough season for Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport’s Colton Herta in the No.88 Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Honda who moved up to Andretti Autosport after a successful debut season in 2019 which saw him win two races at COTA and the season finale at Laguna Seca.
Herta proved to be the team leader at Andretti Autosport this year as Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti struggled during the year, Herta ended the season in third place in the championship on
The highlight for Herta was taking pole for race 2 at Mid Ohio and going on to win the race there. For Andretti Autosport that race was the highlight of their season as the Michael Andretti owned team took a podium sweep with Herta, Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda scored pole position for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in August, unfortunately however, Andretti was unable to capitalize on the pole.
It has been a disappointing season for Alexander Rossi who ended the year in ninth place in the championship on 317 points, one place ahead of his team mate Ryan Hunter Reay who cam home with 315 points. Marco Andretti ended the season in 20th place with 175 points.
Zach Veach who has since left the team ended the season in 21st place on 166 points and was replaced by James Hinchcliffe for the final three races of the season.
The Mayor of HinchTown took part in a partial schedule of races with Andretti Autosport, having lost his drive with Arrow McLaren SP just ahead of the start of the 2020 season, racing in the Geneyes 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis presented by AMR and the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge initially befor adding the Harvest Grand Prix double header and the season ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg to his schedule.
The Mayor of HinchTown ended the season in 23rd place on 128 points and is in line to make a full time return to the NTT IndyCar Series in 2021. Paddock Eye understands that Hinchcliffe will join Andretti Autosport in place of Zach Veach.
Hinch spent part of 2020 working with NBC Sports with their NTT IndyCar Series coverage. For 2021, Andretti Auotpsort are expected to continue with a five car team full-time with Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter Reay, Marco Andretti, Colton Herta, James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti continuing with the team while Andretti Technologies will continue to provide technical support to the expanded Meyer Shank Racing.