Marco Andretti will trade places with Alexander Rossi next season. Andretti will drive the No. 98 Andretti-Herta Autosport Honda going forward, which will continue his direct working relationship with team co-owner Bryan Herta, and Rossi will move to the third-generation driver’s No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda.
“I’m very much looking forward to being in the Andretti-Herta entry,” said Marco Andretti. “My goal is to bring the No. 98 another Indy 500 win along with many other victories. Working with Bryan has been refreshing – he is very committed to getting me all the tools I need to get back into victory circle. He believes in my talent and is dedicated to turn that into results.”
The Andretti/Rossi trade, first mentioned by RACER at Mid-Ohio, will see engineers Nathan O’Rourke follow Andretti to the No. 98 and Jeremy Milless remain with Rossi as they settle into the No. 27. Sponsors, like Rossi’s 10-race primary deal with NAPA, will also move with the two drivers.
“I’m thrilled to be continuing the partnership with Andretti Autosport,” said Herta, who spent 2017 on Marco’s timing stand. “The relationship has worked really well both on and off the track for us and our partners. I’m looking forward to moving back onto the No. 98 timing stand with Marco and can’t wait to get the 2018 season started.”