Michael Andretti and Andretti Autosport confirmed on Friday that they have extended their partnership with Bryan Herta into 2017.
The partnership which began in February saw Alexander Rossi join the team and go on to win the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May. Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti commented on the announcement by saying:
We’re happy to have Bryan back with the team for 2017. “His team fits well into our family and we are excited to see continued growth and success with the partnership. Bryan is a long time friend and a true asset to our organization. We are eager to see what next season has in store.
As part of the extension of the agreement, Bryan Herta will continue to work alongside all of the crews within Andretti Autosport, as well as working with his own car. There has been no word who will drive the Bryan Herta run Honda and speaking about the announcement, Herta commented by saying:
I am super thrilled to continue our partnership with Andretti Autosport. “We have a lot of exciting plans for the team throughout the off-season that I know can only make us more competitive for the 2017 season. Last year came together quite late, but this year we’ve committed early and that can only help better prepare us for next season. On a personal note – I would like to thank Michael [Andretti] and JF [Thormann] and the entire Andretti Autosport organization for welcoming our team into the family. I am 100-percent committed to helping the entire team in every way possible in order to see Andretti Autosport in Winner’s Circle many times next year.