Andretti Herta Autosport confirmed today (Wednesday) that they have reunited with NAPA Auto Parts who will act as co-primary sponsor of the No.98 Honda driven by defending Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi.
NAPA Auto Parts will serve as primary sponsor to Rossi for seven races in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Rossi will NAPA for the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Sonoma, Watkins Glen, Indianapolis and Road America. Speaking about the continued partnership with Andretti Autosport, NAPA president Dan Askey commented by saying:
We are pleased to announce our continued partnership with one of the more iconic brands in all of motorsports, the Andretti brand. “We are equally excited to partner with one of the rising stars in the sport in Alexander Rossi and proud to have Alexander representing NAPA both on and off the track. We were fortunate to come on board in May of 2016 becoming a part of history as we rode along with Alexander capturing the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Andretti Autosport remains one of the elite teams in the IndyCar Series and we look forward to what 2017 holds.
Andretti Autosport president and team owner, Michael Andretti commented by saying:
NAPA is a storied, American brand and I couldn’t be more proud to announce our partnership is continuing. “We were pleased to have previously announced that Alexander will be returning for the full season, and now to be able to confirm that NAPA is back on board – what a great way for us to start 2017. Our relationship with NAPA came together quickly during our Month of May program last year, and it wasn’t long before the partnership was written into history books. We can’t wait to add a few more pages to history together.
Alexander Rossi, who took home the Sunoco Rookie of the year award last season commented by saying:
Confirming NAPA AUTO PARTS is the perfect way for us to start off 2017,” “NAPA is one of the most recognized brands in the U.S., and with over 6,000 stores, they touch every corner of our nation. In 2016, we had historic success together in the Verizon IndyCar Series, however there is still much more to accomplish. I’m proud to have NAPA back on board the No. 98 and am motivated to carry our momentum together through 2017.