Indianapolis 500 sensation Carlos Munoz has secured a full-time IndyCar seat with Andretti Autosport for 2014.
The 21-year-old Colombian qualified and finished second at Indy this year on his series debut in a fifth Andretti entry. He also made a one-off appearance for Panther Racing in Toronto when Ryan Briscoe was injured, before replacing the unwell EJ Viso in Andretti’s lineup for the Fontana season finale. He will take Viso’s place for the full season next year.
Alongside his IndyCar outings, Munoz finished third in the 2013 Indy Lights standings.
“I don’t have the words to express right now how I feel,” said Munoz. “After so many years of racing and all the sacrifices — leaving my family in Colombia and going to Europe to race, then coming here to the U.S. but, finally, I’m a professional racecar driver in the maximum category in America, IndyCar.
“To be a part of this team, they believe a lot in me, and to pay them back would be to bring them great results. With that, I have to work hard in all aspects — mentally and physically.”
Munoz joins Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe in Andretti’s 2014 squad. Team boss Michael Andretti said there was no doubt Munoz had earned the opportunity.
“Carlos stepped up this season and showed outstanding potential on track in Indy and Fontana,” said Andretti. “We are confident that his success in Indy Lights will carry on into his IndyCar career.”