INDIANAPOLIS – The Verizon IndyCar Series is seeing a ton of positive news. From the deep fields, to close racing to intense thrilling finishes, the series is on a huge high. Mix in the new car for next year, and the buzz around the series is growing by the day. Then, Wednesday happened. The Fernando Alonso news is a huge get for the series, but if you look deeper, an even bigger storyline is brewing – new teams.
Andretti Autosport will have six cars under their umbrella next month, but three of those teams are with partnerships. I’ve always said that Michael Andretti will forever go down as one of the all-time IndyCar greats for his on track skills, but he will leave an even bigger impact on the business side too. Today, just goes to show even more evidence of that.
Last year, he teamed with his buddy Bryan Herta for form a fourth car under the Andretti Autosport banner. They brought in Alexander Rossi. How were they rewarded? They won the Indy 500.
Today, it was revealed that McLaren is coming back to Indy and guess who they’re partnering with? Michael Andretti. Like Rossi, they’re bringing a F1 driver, this one is Fernando Alonso. Will their fortune be the same as Herta and Rossi’s were with Andretti last year?
But, another interesting nugget was revealed today as well and that was Michael Shank is finally coming to Indy. It’s always been a goal of his to have a car in the Indy 500. Now, he does. Shank has teamed with, you guessed it, Michael Andretti on the Jack Harvey entry.
In a matter of four days, Michael Andretti has created partnerships with McLaren and Michael Shank. If you go back to 14 months ago, you can thrown in Bryan Herta too.
This man is a business genius and it’s single handily growing the series the right way.