— Ben Johnston (@BSJ2008) April 18, 2019
Mario, Marco and Michael Andretti were in New York City this morning for an appearance on NBC’s Today Show to unveil Marco Andretti’s No.98 US Concrete Honda that he will compete in the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge with next month.
The red livery is a throwback to Mario Andretti’s victory in the Indianapolis 500 in 1969 as Andretti Autosport celebrate 50 years since Mario’s win.
Speaking at the unveiling of the car, Marco who will compete with the No.98 US Concrete Honda said:
“I’m really happy we were able to pull this off, it’s a really cool way to honor Mario’s 50th anniversary. “The color will be hard to miss on track and the car looks great. We’re all very thankful that U.S. Concrete was on board to run the livery and make this year’s car as special as possible. We can’t wait to have a shot at bringing this car to victory lane on May 26.”
US Concrete Chairman and CEO Bill Sandbrook said:
Marco Andretti is not only a great ambassador for IndyCar racing but for our safety and hiring initiatives as well. His excitement to honor his grandfather continues to show how dedicated he is to honoring his family’s legacy. “We knew that partnering with the Andretti Autosport team was the best vehicle for us to successfully deliver our sponsorship objectives and this tribute is a shining example of what the entire Andretti family means to auto racing.”
Mario Andretti who is still involved with the NTT IndyCar Series as an ambassador for Firestone Racing and also involved with Andretti Autosport commented by saying:
I was full of pride when I learned that my son Michael was paying tribute to me this way.“The effort his team is going through to present this commemorative car is flattering. Thank you to the team for that effort and also for acknowledging my part in Indy 500 history. I am honored to have Marco carry the design from my 1969 car. I hope this winning paint scheme will be a good omen for him and that he’ll get his first 500 victory. When I see the car, it will definitely be an opportunity for reflection. It’s humbling. It is a tremendous compliment to me that this team would look back at my victory and find it worthy of recognition.”
Marco will be action with the car for the first time as the NTT IndyCar Series drivers participate in an open test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday ahead of the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
The test is open to the public at the turn 2 viewing mound.
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