The Verizon IndyCar Series moves on to the first oval event of the 2018 season, the Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway in just over three weeks time.
Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No.98 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb Honda will carry a special commorative livery.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his grandfather Mario’s final Verizon IndyCar Series victory which came at Phoenix, Marco will drive the No.98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K with Curb Honda in the colours of Mario’s race winning car.
Speaking about the news Marco Andretti said:
“We’re really excited to see Oberto back on the car this year. Andretti Autosport has built a strong relationship with them and we’re happy to continue to grow the partnership. “When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board. The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up. It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.
Oberto brand CEO Tom Hernquist commented saying:
Oberto is thrilled to partner with Andretti Autosport and our retail partner Circle-K for this great anniversary event. As a company celebrating our own landmark anniversary this year” (100 years), “the pairing of one of the greatest names in racing with the nation’s leading all-natural beef jerky is a perfect match. The Andretti name embodies our brand’s tagline of ‘You get out what you put in’ and we are excited to see Marco on the track in Phoenix.”
Circle K, a leading Canadian and US based convenience store will also appear on the car in partnership with Oberto Beef Jerky and speaking about the partnership, Francis Lapointe, vice president of Operations with Circle K Arizona commented by saying:
At Circle K, we take great pride in our partnership with Andretti Autosport and Oberto Brands, and are especially excited to take part in this special anniversary event.“To have Marco honoring his grandfather’s final win while racing the No. 98 Oberto Circle K / Curb Honda will allow even more spectators to become familiar with the Circle K brand and its easy shopping experience for customers on the go.
Marco Andretti will be hoping to build on his solid start to the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season in Phoenix having finished the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in ninth place.
The Phoenix Grand Prix takes place from April 6 – 8.