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Andretti and Herta Extend Partnership for 2017

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Andretti Autosport have announced that they will extend its current partnership with Bryan Herta Autosports through the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The duo came together at the start of this year in an effort to put Alexander Rossi in an Indy car, having seen the payoff after winning the historic 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil back in May before placing 11th in the points standings.

“We’re happy to have Bryan back with the team for 2017,” Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti said.

“His team fits well into our family and we are excited to see continued growth and success with the partnership. Bryan is a long-time friend and a true asset to our organization. We are eager to see what next season has in store.”

Herta, whom called the brilliant fuel strategy to help Rossi secure the Indy 500 win, will remain involved with the No. 98 Honda team’s strategy moving forward.

“I am super-thrilled to continue our partnership with Andretti Autosport,” Herta said.

“We have a lot of exciting plans for the team throughout the off-season that I know can only make us more competitive for the 2017 season. Last year came together quite late, but this year we’ve committed early and that can only help better prepare us for next season.

“On a personal note – I would like to thank Michael and JF (Thormann) and the entire Andretti Autosport organization for welcoming our team into the family. I am 100-percent committed to helping the entire team in every way possible in order to see Andretti Autosport in Winner’s Circle many times next year.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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