Andretti Autosport announced on Thursday that 2012 NTT IndyCar Series champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter Reay will continue with the team in 2021, as Paddock Eye reported this week, Hunter Reay will once again carry primary sponsorship from DHL driving the No.28 DHL Honda beginning with the season opening Honda Indy 200 at Barber Motorsports Park on April 11.
Hunter Reay who is the third driver to be confirmed by Andretti Autosport for 2021 alongside Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda and Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda commented on today’s announcement saying:
I’m eager to get to work and honored to represent both DHL and Andretti Autosport yet again. “DHL has been one of the longest tenured primary sponsors in INDYCAR history and that yellow 28 car has become one of the iconic INDYCAR liveries; for that I am extremely grateful. I want nothing more than to add a second Indy 500 win to our accomplishments and earn the title of INDYCAR Champion for a second time as well. Coupled with the DHL partnership, AutoNation has also been vital to my career over the past nine years and I’m very proud for the opportunity to continue as a Drive Pink brand ambassador as well. 2020 was a pretty unconventional season, and we left the year with unfinished business. Overall, as a team, we’re focused on extracting the maximum potential from the speed we had in 2020.
Andretti Autosport Chairman and CEO Michael Andretti commented on the announcement saying:
We’re really happy to welcome both DHL and Ryan back for the 2021 INDYCAR season. “Over the past 10 years, DHL has become family to us, and Ryan has recorded some of the team’s greatest accomplishments. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2021 brings.
Today’s announcement ensures that Ryan Hunter Reay is now one of the longest serving Andretti Autosport IndyCar Series drivers as he prepares for his 12th season with the team and eleventh campaign with DHL sponsorship. Speaking about their continued relationship with Hunter Reay, CEO of DHL Express Americas, Mike Parra commented saying:
We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Andretti Autosport into 2021, powered by our No. 28 champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay. “We’ve shared an incredible history with Ryan throughout his entire INDYCAR career, as he has been an amazing DHL brand ambassador. Ryan has helped to further elevate our brand and engage our employees while he continues to excite racing fans.”