Andretti Autosport announced on Tuesday that Colton Herta who drove the No.88 Capstone Honda for the team in the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020 will take over the No.26 Gainbridge Honda for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season. Herta who finished the season third in the championship takes over the No.26 from James Hinchcliffe who had in turn replaced Zach Veach who left the team earlier this season.
The news comes as Andretti Autosport have already confirmed that Alexander Rossi will continue in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda for 2021. Ryan Hunter Reay is expected to return to the No.28 DHL Honda while Marco Andretti is expected to continue in the No.98 Honda.
Paddock Eye understands that James Hinchcliffe will return to Andretti Autosport full-time in 2021 with sponsorship from Genesys but this is yet to be confirmed.
Speaking about today’s announcement, President and CEO of Group1001 Dan Towiss commented on the news saying:
Colton has quickly shown in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES that talent and drive produce winning results. Gainbridge is proud to align with Colton and Andretti Autosport to represent our brand and values. “Winning demands consistency and the confidence and consistency demonstrated by Colton makes him a great fit to represent Group1001 and Gainbridge. Additionally, we look forward to remaining part of the Andretti Autosport family where we can accelerate the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda program.
Andretti Autosport Chairman and CEO Michael Andretti commented saying:
“We’re really excited to welcome back Gainbridge and look forward to seeing what Colton can do in 2021,” “Colton’s career has been on a steady rise. We’re confident that he will continue to grow and advance, and we’ll see the No. 26 in victory lane soon.”
Colton Herta, driver of the No.26 Gainbridge Honda commented on the announcement saying:
I’m really excited for this new partnership with Gainbridge, they’ve been a huge supporter of Andretti Autosport and INDYCAR as a whole. The livery is wonderful to look at and will pop at every track we go to; I can’t wait to see that Gainbridge livery at the front of the field,