INDIANAPOLIS – A familiar face will make its way back to the Andretti Autosport stable for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, as Carlos Muñoz returns to the team to vie for his chance to kiss the bricks.
Muñoz made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Andretti Autosport at the 2013 Indianapolis 500, where he finished second and earned Indy 500 Rookie of the Year honors. The Colombian native went on to compete full time with the team the following year.
In 2016, Muñoz again finished as the runner-up after his rookie teammate, Alexander Rossi, crossed the Yard of Bricks on a fuel-saving strategy to win the 100th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Overall, Muñoz has three top-five and four top-10 finishes in five career Indianapolis 500 starts, as well as one career Verizon IndyCar Series victory, which came in the rain at the first race of the 2015 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park.
“I am very excited to be a part of Andretti Autosport again,” said Muñoz. “The team has been like family to me since day one, when I joined them five years ago to race Indy Lights. We have been so close to winning the Indy 500 – twice with the team – so I am especially excited to be back for that race and hopefully we will have a good result this year.”
“I need to thank Michael [Andretti] and J-F [Thormann] for believing in me and wanting me to back in their car for the Indy 500. I am also excited to be back with my teammates, and I think we will continue to work really well together. We have six cars, so hopefully we will have a strong team working with the new [areo kit]. I am really looking forward to it – hopefully we can finally get that win we’ve been so close to.”
Muñoz competed under the Andretti shield from 2013 to 2016 and finished 17th in points during the 2017 IndyCar season, having driven for A.J. Foyt Racing over the past year.
The Andretti team mirrors Muñoz’s enthusiasm and is excited to have secured its complete lineup before the new year. All told, Andretti Autosport will field six in-house cars for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 on May 27.
“We’re thrilled to have Carlos back in an Andretti car for the Indy 500,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “There is no denying that Carlos has talent at [Indianapolis Motor Speedway], he’s finished runner-up twice and that has fueled his determination to get to victory lane. He has already built relationships with his teammates and many of those on our crew, so it should be a seamless process for our six cars when they head out for the first time together.”
Andretti Autosport has collected five total Indianapolis 500 victories and is the two-time defending champion of the historic race, having won back-to-back in 2016 and 2017 with Rossi and Takuma Sato.
Muñoz will join Rossi, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Zach Veach and Stefan Wilson as part of the Andretti team’s six-car effort in May.
CREDIT: Andretti Autosport