Andretti & Rossi Swap Numbers For 2018 Season

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Marco Andretti (right) will take over Alexander Rossi’s seat at Andretti Herta Autosport next season. (IndyCar photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — Marco Andretti will move over to the Andretti Herta Autosport No. 98 Honda as part of an adjusted lineup for the team during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Andretti moves over to work with Bryan Herta after Herta served as strategist for the third-generation driver this season. The duo collected five top-10 finishes together, with a best finish of fourth on the streets of Toronto.

“I’m thrilled to be continuing the partnership with Andretti Autosport,” said Herta. “The relationship has worked really well both on and off the track for us and our partners. 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.”

“I’m very much looking forward to being in the Andretti-Herta entry,” added Andretti. “My goal is to bring the No. 98 another Indy 500 win, along with many other victories. 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.”

Andretti Herta Autosport has earned two victories in its two-year partnership, both with Alexander Rossi behind the wheel.

The first came at the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May of 2016 and the second came this past season at Watkins Glen Int’l, after Rossi started from the pole position.

With Andretti piloting the No. 98 car for 2018, Rossi will transition over to the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda, with NAPA Auto Parts returning for a 10-race co-primary package.

The two teammates will join veteran driver Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda) and rookie Zach Veach (No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda) in an all-American 2018 line-up.

CREDIT: Andretti Autosport

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