INDIANAPOLIS – Just months prior to the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Bryan Herta Autosport lost their funding with Gabby Chaves and had to look elsewhere to be able to field a car for the upcoming year. Meanwhile, Andretti Autosport didn’t have the funding to run a fourth full-time car in 2016, so the two friends – Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta decided to come together and join forces for that team.
They called hit Andretti-Herta Autosport.
The duo signed Alexander Rossi and it was a marriage made in heaven, as Rossi won the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in the No. 98 Honda. Now, the two sides will remain together for 2017.
“We’re happy to have Bryan back with the team for 2017,” expressed owner of Andretti Autosport, Michael Andretti. “His team fits well into our family and we are excited to see continued growth and success with the partnership. Bryan is a long time friend and a true asset to our organization. We are eager to see what next season has in store.”
Herta drove for Andretti Autosport a decade ago and sees the friendship even stronger now that they’re partners.
“I am super thrilled to continue our partnership with Andretti Autosport,” said Bryan Herta. “We have a lot of exciting plans for the team throughout the off-season that I know can only make us more competitive for the 2017 season. Last year came together quite late, but this year we’ve committed early and that can only help better prepare us for next season. On a personal note – I would like to thank Michael [Andretti] and JF [Thormann] and the entire Andretti Autosport organization for welcoming our team into the family. I am 100-percent committed to helping the entire team in every way possible in order to see Andretti Autosport in Winner’s Circle many times next year.