Bryan Herta’s Verizon IndyCar Series operation will exist under the Andretti Autosport fold for a third season, with the four-car team also announcing the swap of Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti in its Nos. 98 and 27 Honda-powered machines.
Herta called strategy for Andretti in 2017 despite owning the car at the hands of 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 victor Rossi. Herta’s on- and off-track guidance of Andretti led to five top-10 finishes including a best result of fourth at the Honda Indy Toronto.
Herta will remain on Andretti’s pit stand, who will now drive the official Bryan Herta Autosport entry. Rossi’s engineer Jeremy Milless will also continue in his same role.
“The relationship has worked really well both on and off the track for us and our partners,” Herta said of his tie with Michael Andretti’s team. “I’m looking forward to moving back onto the No. 98 timing stand with Marco and can’t wait to get the 2018 season started.”
Rossi has won two races in his time with Andretti, including the aforementioned Indianapolis 500 and last year’s visit to Watkins Glen. Andretti is again entering a fresh season looking to capture similar success of his own.
“My goal is to bring the No. 98 another Indy 500 win along with many other victories,” Andretti, of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, stated.
“Working with Bryan has been refreshing. He is very committed to getting me all the tools I need to get back into victory circle. He believes in my talent and is dedicated to turn that into results.”
— Marco Andretti (@MarcoAndretti) December 7, 2017
NAPA Auto Parts will return to Rossi’s car as a co-primary sponsor for 10 of the year’s 17 events. The all-American Andretti lineup for 2018 is rounded out by Ryan Hunter-Reay as well as rookie Zach Veach and will begin its year with the remainder of the IndyCar field at March’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.