Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti is looking forward to the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season having made great progress over the course of the 2017 season. For the second season in a row, Andretti took victory at the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with Takuma Sato taking victory in the greatest motor race in the world.
Alexander Rossi took victory at the race in 2016 as a Verizon IndyCar Series rookie. In 2017, Andretti worked with McLaren to bring two time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The Spaniard was extremely successful, qualifying in fifth place and ran up front all day before being forced to retire from the race just 20 laps from the end.
For 2018, while Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske downsize their programmes in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Andretti Autosport will remain a four car team with Zach Veach joining the team to make his full-time Verizon IndyCar Series debut alongside Ryan Hunter Reay, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti.
For the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Stefan Wilson, the brother of former Andretti Autosport driver Justin, will drive for the team.
Speaking to the IndyCar website, Andretti commented by saying:
We brought a lot of good people in during the offseason who made a really big difference. “We also moved people around within our organization. We just made really good moves. I think that’s why our results were what they were this year. Unfortunately, we didn’t win as many as we should have, but we were competitive in a lot of them.
Alexander Rossi took his first road course race win at Watkins Glen last in the season, the Californian took pole position and dominated the race to take the win. The teams strong season in 2017 bodes well for the 2018 season which will see the new universal aero kit being introduced.