Indianapolis 500 champion and 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year
Alexander Rossi will remain in the American open-wheel series with Andretti-Herta


“Alexander showed tremendous growth
this year and we are excited to welcome him back to the team,”
said team owner Michael Andretti. “In his first IndyCar season, Alexander was
able to form trusting relationships with the team’s engineers, mechanics and
his teammates and that itself is a great foundation to begin 2017. We also know
he is competitive and can win races. Continuity plays a big role in the success
of our programs and being able to confirm that Alexander is remaining with the
team is incredible. His extension, along with Ryan [Hunter-Reay] and Marco’s
[Andretti] continuance is a promising factor for not only the team, but the
series as well.”


Andretti-Herta collaboration – a result of a merger between Andretti Autosport
and Bryan Herta Autosport – which fielded the No. 98 entry of Rossi for the
2016 campaign formed just weeks prior to the season start and will remain
intact for the 2017 season.


“Knowing that Alexander will be
returning to the No. 98 Andretti-Herta Autosport car provides us with the
stability and continuity we need to strive for even higher results,”
said co-owner of the No. 98 entry, Bryan Herta. “Last season showed great progress, and I
could not be more excited about our prospects moving forward. Last season
we were late in the game putting our deal together. This winter we are focused
on the season ahead, the continuation of our successful partnership with
Andretti Autosport, and seeing Alexander become a consistent winner in the
Verizon IndyCar series.”


Alexander will return to the
Honda-powered Indy car, with focus already on the new season challenger.


”We are extremely pleased that Alexander Rossi and
Andretti Autosport have chosen to continue their partnership
,” said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda
Performance Development. “That combination gave all fans of Honda Racing a
lifetime thrill with its victory in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis
500. Alexander’s further development in winning IndyCar Rookie of the Year
honors was one of the highlights of the 2016 season. We are confident that we
can look forward to many more such thrills as a result of the extension of this


held an impressive racing portfolio entering the Verizon IndyCar Series in
early 2016, and has since added 16 IndyCar race starts, tallying six top-10
finishes and 23 laps led. The 2015 Manor Formula 1 Driver and GP2 Series
Vice-Champion also holds 225 Formula car starts, including 43 wins, 75 podiums,
36 poles and a current win percentage of 19.1%. Michael Andretti along with
Rossi and Scott Speed, who currently competes for Andretti’s Global Rallycross
team, make up the last three American-born drivers to compete in Formula 1.


“What an incredible eight months this
has been,”
Alexander Rossi said, “from getting the opportunity to join the
Verizon IndyCar Series in February, to winning the 100th Running of the
Indianapolis 500 in May and now re-signing with Andretti Autosport. I am
incredibly proud and grateful to be able to have the opportunity to work with a
team of this caliber as we chase after more race wins and continue to make our
mark in this amazing championship. I want to thank Michael [Andretti], JF
[Thormann], Bryan [Herta] and Honda for the faith and trust they have in me to
put the Andretti name at the front. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we
are already completely focused on being back at the sharp end of the grid where
we belong.”


California-native will return alongside 2016 teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28
DHL Honda) and Marco Andretti (No. 27 hhgregg Honda) for the 2017 IndyCar
effort while a fourth car entry remains in the works for the Andretti stable.


The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship kicks
off on the streets Florida March 12, 2017 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St.
Petersburg. Keep up to date on all things Andretti via Twitter with @FollowAndretti.