Andretti Autosport

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Based in Indianapolis, Ind., Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IZOD IndyCar Series and also campaigns multiple cars in Firestone Indy Lights in a joint venture with AFS Racing.

Led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts three IZOD IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005 and 2007), two Firestone Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009) and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and 2007).

As a brand, Andretti Autosport was born in November 2009 following the completion of a transaction between the former shareholders of Andretti Green Racing. Andretti and his former business partners announced in August 2009 their decision to split off their racing and promotions businesses into two separate companies.

One of Andretti’s first moves as chairman, president and chief executive officer was to define the company’s operational structure and assemble a senior management team to lead it. That team consists of J-F Thormann (executive vice president and chief operating officer), John Lopes (senior vice president and chief marketing officer) and Tom Anderson (senior vice president of racing operations).

Thormann has worked alongside Andretti in various capacities since 1990 and with the team since 2006. His responsibilities include leading the team’s business administration as well as Firestone Indy Lights program in a joint venture with AFS Racing.

Lopes directs Andretti Autosport’s commercial operations including client services, corporate communications, business development and marketing. Lopes has been with the team since 2005.

Anderson came to the team with 40 years of experience in the industry, most recently as the co-owner and managing director of Fernandez Racing from 2001 to 2009. Anderson was also the managing director of Chip Ganassi Racing from 1990 to 2000 and helped lead the team to four-consecutive CART championships between 1996 and 1999. The team also claimed a win in the 2000 Indianapolis 500.

In conjunction with the restructuring of the team’s ownership, Andretti Autosport rolled out a new brand identity that speaks to many of the attributes associated with the Andretti family, and specifically Michael.

With well over 100 career race wins to its credit, the Andretti name has grown to transcend the sport in which it has been a fixture for the past 50 years. Michael’s contribution to that success – 42 race wins as a driver and another 34 as an IZOD IndyCar Series owner – has been significant. Capturing the magnitude and longevity of those accomplishments was the key to the brand development process, which was carried out by an in-house team from within the commercial services group at Andretti Autosport.

A number of brand characteristics were identified as part of the process, including tradition, history, success and family. The brand team believed the company identity should be unique, but also general enough to allow Andretti Autosport to grow in response to changing business conditions and opportunities.

The new company logo, which is representative of a shield or emblem, is a melding of the iconic Andretti helmet stripe and the Andretti Autosport name. The logo also carries a militaristic quality, which is an illustration of the discipline, organization and leadership required to operate a winning motorsports team.

Michael Andretti’s Bio

Michael Andretti

Michael Andretti is the winningest driver in CART history with 42 victories and led 6,702 Indy car laps during his career, second only to his father, Mario. When Michael ascended to the level of team owner, it was impossible to think any team could live up to those standards and expectations. Impossible to think, but not impossible. Andretti rose to the challenge and has become the winningest owner in Indy Racing League history. Since joining the Indy Racing League in 2003 as Andretti Green, Andretti Autosport has compiled 34 IZOD IndyCar Series wins and 14 Firestone Indy Lights victories.

The team claimed consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series championships in 2004 and 2005, winning 11 of 17 races including the Indianapolis 500 in 2005. In 2006, eight drivers drove under the Andretti Autosport banner and all eight led laps during an event. The 2007 season did not fail to enhance the Andretti legacy. Andretti Autosport captured its third IndyCar Series title and second Indianapolis 500 win.

As one of the most well-known racing personalities in the United States, Andretti stepped out of the race car on a full-time basis in 2003 as CART’s most successful driver. After a two-year absence and feeling the itch to drive again, he returned to the cockpit to drive in the Indianapolis 500 in 2006. Andretti found himself leading “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing®” with as little as three laps remaining and ultimately finished third, proving he is still one of the elite drivers in the world. Again in 2007, Andretti returned to the cockpit one more time. Andretti led one lap on his way to an 13th place finish in the final race of his career.

With his full-time driving career behind him, Andretti continues to set the standard in the racing industry, albeit from behind the pit wall.

DRIVER BIOS.

DANICA PATRICK
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Danica

* Announced on Nov. 30, 2009, she signed a multi-year agreement to return to Andretti Autosport and continue competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series with Go Daddy as her primary sponsor
* Became the first woman in history to win an IZOD IndyCar Series event when she won at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan, on April 20, 2008
* Finished a career-best fifth in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship standings in 2009
* Posted a career-best third-place finish and the best-ever finish by a female at the 2009 Indianapolis 500
* Was featured in the 2008 and 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues
* As a rookie in 2005, became the first woman in the 89-year history of the Indianapolis 500 to lead laps at the historic event
* Finished fourth at the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and earned Indy 500 Rookie of the Year honors
* Has won three IZOD IndyCar Series pole positions, one of only 18 drivers in series history to reach that number
* Honored as 2006 March of Dimes Sportswoman of the Year
* Named USA Today and U.S. Sports Academy’s Female Athlete of the Year (2005)
* Won the IZOD IndyCar Series Bombardier Rookie of the Year award in 2005
* Won pro division of the Pro/Celebrity race at Long Beach (2002)
* Finished second at the Formula Ford Festival in England (2000)
* Won the World Karting Association (WKA) Grand National championship, HPV class and Yamaha Lite class (1997)
* Won WKA Manufacturers Cup National Points title in Yamaha Junior and Restricted Junior class (1996)

 

MARCO ANDRETTI
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Marco

* Became the youngest winner of a major open-wheel racing event in history (at the time) when he registered his first IndyCar Series victory at Infineon Raceway in 2006 (19 yrs., 5 mo., 14 days)
* Earned 2006 IndyCar Series Bombardier Rookie of the Year award, as well as being named rookie of the year at the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500
* Placed second at the 2006 running of the Indianapolis 500
* Finished his rookie IndyCar Series season ranked seventh in the point standings with 313 points
* Made starts in three premier series for AGR in 2008: IndyCar Series, ALMS and A1GP
* Led 330 laps in 2008, more laps than in his previous two seasons combined
* Was named the 2007 Athlete of the Year (for work in the 2006 season) by the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
* Registered three victories, five top-fives and three pole positions in six starts in the 2005 Indy Pro Series
* Earned Pro Series victories in 2005 at St. Petersburg, Indianapolis (road course) and Infineon Raceway
* Finished fifth in the 2005 Star Mazda points championship
* During 2004 he earned the Skip Barber National Championship, the Formula TR Championship, as well as the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Southern Series Championship
* Won the 2003 Skip Barber Formula Dodge Eastern Series Championship

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
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Ryan Hunter-Reay

# Posted two top-five and three top-10 finishes in the 2009 IZOD IndyCar Series season
# Finished second in the 2009 IZOD IndyCar Series season opener at St. Petersburg
# Finished the 2008 IndyCar Series season with 10 top-10 finishes overall
# Advanced 14 positions to finish sixth at the 92nd Indianapolis 500 in 2008, earning the Chase Rookie of the Year award
# Won the Bombardier Learjet IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of Year Award in 2007
# Won Champ Car event from the pole at The Milwaukee Mile, leading all 250 laps while lapping all but second- and third-place finishers
# Recipient of the Greg Moore Legacy Award in 2004
# Secured first career victory at Surfers Paradise, Australia in 2003, becoming first American rookie in more than 20 years to win a Champ Car Race
# Set record for most laps led, most poles, most fastest laps and most track records in the Toyota Atlantic championship in 2002
# Became Rookie of the Year in the Barber Dodge Pro Series after finishing fifth in the point standings in 2000
# In 1999, won the Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship and the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Eastern Regional Series championship, and was named the Barber Dodge “Scholarship Winner”
# Competed in go-kart racing and won nine World Karting Association/FIA National Series championships and three Grand National titles

 

SAGE KARAM (USF2000)
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Sage Karam

# 35-time World Karting Association and Indy Racing League Stars of Karting national champion
# Won the Skip Barber Rising Star award in 2009
# Became the youngest winner to win the Skip Barber Shootout in the history of the event in 2008
# 2007 Indy Racing League Stars of Karting Cadet national points champion
# Became the youngest World Karting Association Triple Crown Champion in 2007
# Became the Indy Racing League Stars of Karting National Finale Cadet Champion in 2006
# Held the titles of World Karting Association Overall National Cadet Champion and the Indy Racing League Starts of Karting Cadet Overall National Champion in 2005
# Holds the Skip Barber National track record at Lime Rock Race Park
# Only driver to win the Indy Racing League Stars of Karting and the World Karting Association’s Triple Crown in the same year

Zach Veach (USF2000)
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Zach Veach

Zach Veach is a 15-year-old autoracing driver that competes in the Indy Racing League’s ‘Road to Indy’ USF2000 Championship Series for Andretti Autosport. Veach began his racing career at age 12 in go-karts. It was in 2007, where Veach caught the eye of Dave Fisher, father of IZOD IndyCar Series driver and team owner, Sarah Fisher. For the next two years Fisher [Dave] coached and developed Veach’s talent, as he did with Fisher [Sarah] in the early stages of her career. By the middle of 2009, in just 16 months, Veach had progressed from entry-level karting to Formula BMW. In late 2009, Veach signed with Jensen Motorsport to compete in the Atlantic Championship Series, before it folded in early 2010. Veach has created a safe-driving initiative: Ziggy’s Teen Safe Driving Campaign, with seminars and supportive school programs to be held in race markets where Veach competes in 2010. He’ll release his first published iPhone application, due out in March 2010, to help teens avoid dangerous text messaging while driving. Further, he’s set to author a book, due out on his 16th birthday, “99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Getting Your Drivers License,” which will serve as a supplemental read for driver’s educations programs across the country, set to be released Dec. 9, 2010.

MICHAEL ANDRETTI, CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT:

“We are extremely pleased to announce Zach as our newest USF2000 driver. His quick success in the go-karting world and Formula BMW series proves his commitment to a high level of racing. I think he’ll have a smooth transition into the USF2000 series with Andretti Autosport, and I am confident he will grow to become an established part of the Indy Racing League through the Road to Indy ladder system.”

ZACH VEACH, DRIVER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT:

“It is exciting to once again to be part of a series in which Cooper Tires and Mazda are involved with. I am sure with the sanction of the Indy Racing League; a bright future is ahead for the USF2000 Series. I have dreamt of driving IndyCar since I was a small child and look at this opportunity as bringing me one step closer to this dream. To be able to compete in the series with a team like Andretti Autosport is incredibly humbling for me.”

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