Following the recent merge of Andretti Autosport with Bryan Herta Autosport, the Michael Andretti-led squad enters the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season as a four-car force.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Carlos Muñoz and newcomer Alexander Rossi will fill the team’s four cockpits for the season, each in cars featuring all-new color schemes for the year.
Each of the four cars will carry the colors of their primary sponsors, but the Andretti fleet will look a bit more uniform this year as the cars will visually tie together in a nod to the history of the Andretti name.
The four Honda-powered entries will don a stripe respective of their primary sponsor starting in front of the cockpit and running to the HPD-designed rear wing. This scheme was derived from the livery of Mario Andretti’s 1972 car, which later became the inspiration for the helmet design worn by all three Andretti generations.
“As we enter a historic season of Indy car racing, with the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, I’m proud to be able to bring this design element into our field of cars,” said Michael Andretti. “My father was an inspiration to me in my career, and remains an inspiration and major supporter to our industry.
“To carry a little history with us is something special.”
The unified look will not only be present on the team’s Verizon IndyCar Series entries; the Indy Lights cars of Shelby Blackstock, Dalton Kellett and Dean Stoneman, also testing at Phoenix, will carry the unique design as well.
The 2016 seasons for both Andretti Autosport’s Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy programs will begin on the streets of St. Petersburg on March 11-13.