Michael Andretti’s four-car Verizon IndyCar Series program has earned two of Honda’s four wins this season, and with solid chemistry between their drivers, the 1991 CART Indy car champion is keen to keep the roster together in 2016.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz, and Justin Wilson comprise Andretti’s most recent driver rotation, but only one of those drivers is locked in place with a contract and complete budget. As Andretti tells RACER, getting the rest of the lineup in order is a top priority.
“Right now, the only definite is Ryan,” he said. “Marco is just about there, and then Carlos is not yet there. We’re still working on that. And Justin; we’d love to keep Justin. Our goal is to keep the four we have.”
Honda is expected to sign a new engine and aero kit supply agreement with IndyCar once its contract ends later this year, and as a few sources have told RACER, it’s believed the Japanese brand is preparing to make an increased commitment to its teams.
Whether it’s helping with greater engineering support, securing better drivers, or other areas of influence to improve overall competitiveness, Andretti Autosport and the rest of Honda’s stable would clearly benefit from a rededicated effort by the brand.
“We have a great relationship with Honda, and they’re obviously helping with Justin’s car (RIGHT),” he noted. “It’s being used as a development tool and they’re getting a lot out of it, as are we.
“He’s a very valuable driver with his input; they’ve given us great support, been a great partner. I’m convinced they’ll be back next year and that we’ll be even stronger.”
It’s unclear whether Switzerland’s Simona de Silvestro, who drove for Andretti in three races through the Indy 500, figures in the team’s immediate plans, but she has been mentioned as an option for 2016.
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