Andretti Autosport head into the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series with four cars as Zach Veach joins the team and will make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut next weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Speaking ahead of his full-time Verizon IndyCar Series debut, Zach Veach who will drive the No.26 Group One Thousand One commented by saying:
“I can’t believe that the start of the 2018 season is finally here. This moment has been something I’ve been thinking about my whole life and Group One Thousand One and Andretti Autosport has empowered me to be able to do it. I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can this season and going after our goal of being Rookie Of The Year. The new car is going to put on a great show for fans and make us dig even deeper to find that advantage on track. It’s going to be a great year!”
Alexander Rossi moves from the No.98 Bryan Herta Autosport team to the No.27 NAPA Honda for the 2018 season, taking over the No.27 from Marco Andretti.
Speaking ahead of the start of the new season, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner commented by saying:
There is a lot of anticipation surrounding the start of the year. I’ve had an incredibly busy offseason but I am now solely focused on the task at hand of trying to fight for a championship and another Indy 500 victory for Andretti and NAPA AUTO PARTS. The new car feels great and the team is working incredibly well together, so the expectations are high.
Ryan Hunter Reay heads into the 2018 season hoping for a strong season and is excited to be getting back to racing.
I’ve really been looking forward to the introduction of the all-new universal aero kit for quite some time now. From 2012-2014 the IndyCar Series had a spec aero kit which was the same for both competing manufacturers and we were able to win a substantial amount of races, including the Indy 500. Hopefully this new spec aero kit will give us an opportunity to return to that form. With that said the new kit is vastly different to anything we’ve had in the past so there will be many challenges along the way including re-working our setups to suit the new car. The response from the fans has been overwhelmingly supportive of the direction INDYCAR has taken with the new design, so hopefully we can get the No. 28 DHL Honda back in victory lane in the near future.
“In 2017 we experienced some pretty rotten luck at times where circumstances out of our control took us out of contention for potential race wins. Hopefully for 2018 we can have a more consistent season and challenge for a second championship. After leading the most laps again at last year’s 500, a second Indy 500 win is also right at the top our priority list.
Marco Andretti who drive the No.98 US Concrete with Curb Honda commented by saying:
I’m excited to get the season going and start off on the right foot this year. We’ve had some exciting news over the past few weeks with both U.S. Concrete and Ruoff Home Mortgage joining the No. 98 team and we hope to produce the best results for them. I’m feeling confident in myself and my team with the new aero kits and I think it will turn into good results.
The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series gets underway next weekend with Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.