By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter
Alexander Rossi will return for a second season in the Verizon IndyCar Series for Andretti Autosport 2017 with an option for additional years.
The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner has elected to remain with Andretti-Herta Autosport amid speculation that he would join Team Penske’s IndyCar outfit or perhaps return to Formula 1, where he has served as a reserve driver for the Manor Racing team.
Rossi’s rookie season was highlighted by a stunning win at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and he capped off the year by winning Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. With one season under his belt, Rossi feels excited about the season ahead.
“What an incredible eight months this has been,” 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.”
Bryan Herta’s team will continue to run Rossi’s No. 98 Honda, as Herta announced that his team would continue to run in conjunction with Andretti Autosport.
“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 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.”
Rossi’s re-signing confirms three out of the four entries for Andretti Autosport as Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti have already been confirmed. Carlos Munoz has not yet confirmed his plans for the 2017 season.