Andretti Autosport recently announced that it will join forces with the 2011 Indianapolis 500 championship team Bryan Herta Autosport.
The merger that will see Andretti field a fourth entry – the No. 98 Honda from Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) – for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Herta will remain involved as race strategist for the No. 98 and as overall team driver coach. The team’s fourth full-season driver will be announced at a later date.
“Bryan is a long-time friend, and I was happy to watch him build a successful Indy car team,” said Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti. “Bringing Bryan and his crew into the family is a great opportunity for all parties to build an even stronger organization. Having Bryan’s experience is a welcome addition to the team and I’m honored to be able to carry on what he started and look forward to a competitive season.”
“I couldn’t be more excited about this new chapter,” Herta said. “Michael has been a long-time friend and we certainly know that Andretti Autosport was a big part of my career. When the opportunity came together for us to strengthen our organization and merge with one of the most successful teams and names in the sport, it was really a no-brainer. I’m especially proud that what we’ve built with all the employees of BHA will remain intact and become part of the fabric of Andretti Autosport.”
Herta had been an IndyCar driver with Andretti Autosport (then Andretti Green Racing) in the mid-2000s. He retired from racing to put up his own team in 2009.
Michael Andretti won the 1991 CART PPG Indy Car World Series, the predecessor of the present IndyCar series. He is the son of Mario Andretti who is one of the most successful race car drivers in the United States, having won four championships in the series that preceded IndyCar, the 1969 Indianapolis 500 and the 1978 Formula One championship, among many others.