Following on from their 1-2 finish at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil last weekend, Andretti Autosport announced on Friday ahead of the first on track action for the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix of Detroit that they have formed a partnership with Magnetti Marelli, the global advanced systems and component supplier to the automotive industry.
The new partnership will see Magnetti Marelli added as primary sponsor to the No.26 Honda driven by Carlos Munoz.
The partnership also sees Magnetti Marelli run as an associate partner to Marco Andretti’s No.27 Snapple United Fiber and Data Honda this weekend. Speaking about the announcement Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti commented by saying:
We are really excited to welcome Magneti Marelli into the Andretti family of partners and carry the Magneti Marelli colors on Carlos’ Indy car this weekend, As a global leader in automotive technology and innovation, Magneti Marelli brings strong technical resources and engineering expertise that will further enhance our race operations and on-track performance. Magneti Marelli has a strong and long-standing legacy in motorsport dating back nearly 100 years to 1919; it’s really great to bring them on as a partner following this past weekend’s historic 100th Running of the Indy 500.
President and CEO of Magnetti Marelli Holdings USA Stephane Vede commented on the announcement by saying:
We are proud to support a top global motorsport team such as Andretti Autosport, which is involved in some of the most interesting racing challenges in the world, like the Verizon IndyCar Series, FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross and have just achieved a fantastic result in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Also, Magneti Marelli has a cross expertise and a strong commitment in all the main motorsport championships on a global scale and so we believe we can bring in this technical partnership the best of our know-how and experience, that goes from motorsports to road cars and vice versa.