By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Marco Andretti has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with Andretti-Herta Autosport, with partner U.S. Concrete also signed as lead primary sponsor to stay with the team.
The 2019 Verizon IndyCar Series season will mark the 14th consecutive for the 31-year-old Pennsylvanian, who will continue to pilot the No. 98 Honda entry featuring the red, grey and white colors of the Dallas-based concrete company.
“It’s great to be able to announce this extension for 2019 and beyond,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “Our companies share many values, and both serve as leaders in our industries. We’ve built a great foundation over the last year and are proud to continue to represent U.S. Concrete both on and off the racetrack.”
Marco Andretti currently sits 11th in the championship standings, with one pole, one top five, six top 10 finishes and 22 laps led through 13 races this season.
“We’re really excited about the extended support from U.S. Concrete,” said Marco Andretti, the 2006 Indianapolis 500 and Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year. “We’ve gotten to know their team well and they fit in perfectly with the Andretti family of partners. I’m looking forward to continuing my IndyCar journey and am really hoping this next year is the one with an Indy 500 win, along with many others.”
A two-time winner in North America’s premier open wheel championship, he also has 213 consecutive starts entering this weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway, the most by any driver in Indy car history to start a career.
“We truly value our relationship with Marco and Andretti Autosport,” said Bill Sandbrook, chairman, president and CEO of U.S. Concrete. “The ability to team up with a world class driver, team and organization who share our commitment to safety, operational excellence and winning, provides us a unique value enhancing partnership – unparalleled in our industry.”