Entering a season where downsizing has been more common than expansion, Andretti Autosport will tackle 2018 with a stable of four full-time drivers and a six-car assault on the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 with the addition of Carlos Munoz.
Munoz made his debut with the team in the 2013 edition of the race when he memorably finished one position behind winner Tony Kanaan, earning the Colombian driver Rookie of the Year honors.
The performance helped land Munoz a more permanent role at Andretti beginning in 2014 which lasted until his move to AJ Foyt Racing for 2017.
Munoz had one more runner-up finish in the Indianapolis 500 when he crossed the finish line behind rookie teammate Alexander Rossi in 2016.
“I am very excited to be a part of Andretti Autosport again,” said Munoz. “The team has been like family to me since day one when I joined them five years ago to race Indy Lights.
“We have been so close to winning the Indy 500 — twice with the team — so I am especially excited to be back for that race and hopefully we will have a good result this year.”
In addition to his results at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Munoz brings considerable experience to the team with 70 Verizon IndyCar Series starts, one victory at Belle Isle in 2015, one pole at Texas Motor Speedway in 2016 and seven podium finishes.
With a stout Indy 500 resume including wins with Dan Wheldon in 2005, Dario Franchitti in 2006, Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2014, Rossi in 2016 and Takuma Sato this year, Andretti sits in the unique position to become only the second team in history to earn three consecutive “500” victories.
Munoz will join full-season drivers Zach Veach, Marco Andretti, Hunter-Reay and Rossi as well as “500” one-off Stefan Wilson when practice begins on May 14, 2018.