Marco Andretti Signs Extension with Andretti Autosports
Marco Andretti during practice at ISM raceway earlier this year. Photo Credit: Indycar
Marco Andretti is keeping it all in the family.
Announced Thursday, the 2-time Indycar winner, will once again be driving for Andretti-Herta Autosports in the 2019 season.
Andretti, who has been a mainstay in the Verizon Indycar Series since 2006 was never thought to be in doubt for a 2019 seat, considering Andretti's improved 2018 form in the new universal aerokit era. He currently sits 11th in the championship.
Helping in Andretti's resigning is the new that US Concrete, an on again-off again sponsor during the 2018 season, has signed a contract extension to sponsor Marco.
“We truly value our relationship with Marco and Andretti Autosport,” said Bill Sandbrook, chairman, president and CEO of U.S. Concrete. “The ability to team up with a world class driver, team and organization who share our commitment to safety, operational excellence and winning, provides us a unique value enhancing partnership – unparalleled in our industry.”
US Concrete is a Texas based company specializing in pre-mixed concrete and other construction materials.
“We’re really excited about the extended support from U.S. Concrete,” Marco told reporters. “We’ve gotten to know their team really well and they fit in perfectly with the Andretti family of partners. I’m looking forward to continuing my IndyCar journey and am really hoping this next year is the one with an Indy 500 win, along with many others.”
Andretti's announcement today confirms that all four current Andretti Autosport drivers will remain with the team for 2019 as teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, and Zach Veach all have contracts that extend into 2019.
Rumors have begun circulating, however, that Hunter-Reay may transition to the Harding/McLaren/Andretti satellite team currently being discussed. If so, it would see Hunter-Reay transition out of Honda powered engine and into a Chevrolet.
The move for Hunter-Reay, while not totally ideal, would pave the way for a seat for one of Andretti Autosports youngsters, either Pato O'Ward or Colton Herta, to earn a seat in the Andretti works team.