By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Ryan Norman will officially return to Andretti Autosport for the 2019 season in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires.
The 20-year-old Ohio native put together a solid sophomore campaign in Mazda Road to Indy’s top rung in 2018 en route to fourth in the overall championship standings.
Norman’s shining moment was undoubtedly his first career Indy Lights victory, which came after a stellar wheel-to-wheel battle with teammate Colton Herta at Gateway Motorsports Park in August.
Over the span of 17 races this year, he collected one win, four podiums, 13 top fives and one pole, which was a massive step forward from his rookie season in 2017 when he scored one top five and finished 11th in the championship standings.
“I’m really excited to finally make it official that I’ll be returning to Andretti Autosport for my third season competing in Indy Lights,” said Norman.
“We’ve built a solid foundation over the past two years and I’m ready to fight for wins, podiums and ultimately the championship, with such a great group of people who have become like a family to me.”
JF Thormann, president of Andretti Autosport, added his excitement in having Norman back with the team.
“We’re very happy that Ryan is rejoining us for his third season of Indy Lights,” said Thormann.
“We were pleased with his performance this past season, and his potential as a driver began to really shine after his win at Gateway. He’s right on track with his progression plan put together by his engineering team, and we feel strongly that he has what it takes to be a contender for the 2019 championship.”