Carlos Munoz has confirmed that although he is looking at his options for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the door remains open for him to stay at Andretti Autosport for a fourth season.
Earlier this week we reported that Munoz is in advanced talks with AJ Foyt Racing about joining the Texas based outfit who are set to move to Chevrolet power next season, and this would appear to be the Colombian’s preferred option for 2017. Munoz revealed that his backer has confirmed that they do not have the resources to support him next season.
Munoz has also been told by Andretti Autosport that he would need to bring sponsorship with him if he is to be retained.
Andretti Autosport confirmed to Paddock Eye in the past few days that they are working hard on putting together a fourth car for next season with the outfit exploring their options and opportunities.
Munoz, who best result in 2016 was a second place at the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil believes that he has proved himself and that he merits becoming a hired/paid driver not just a pay driver.
Munoz has also confirmed that he is leaning towards Foyt Racing due to the fact that former Andretti Autosport team manager George Glotz.
In his talks with Foyt, Munoz confirmed that he has been told that the team are looking for two new drivers for the 2017 season. It is quiet possible that Munoz who was the highest placed Andretti Autosport driver in the standings finishing 10th in the Verizon IndyCar Series this season could trade places with Takuma Sato who is set to leave Foyt and bringing Panasonic sponsorship to Andretti Autosport would ensure that Michael Andretti has the funding available to run a full time four car programme in 2017.
Munoz has confirmed that his plans for the 2017 season will be made clear in the next few weeks.