Alexander Rossi will suit up in the red, white and blue colors of primary sponsor MilitaryToMotorsports.com for the 250-lap race at ISM Raceway.
Andretti Autosport joined with MilitaryToMotorsports.com last August to start a hiring initiative to help U.S. Military Veterans transition into the civilian workforce – particularly into motorsports – upon their retirement from the armed forces.
The initiative, which was started with the help of retired U.S. Navy Seal Team member, deep sea diver and Andretti Autosport chassis owner Chief David Tilton, seeks to give back to servicemembers by hiring the most qualified military veterans to join Andretti Autosport across its diverse family of race teams. Opportunities span across various positions and racing disciplines, including front office operations, transport drivers and pit crew members. Rossi’s Military to Motorsports Honda finished third last season at Pocono.
“This is such an exciting announcement and something that I am so proud to be a part of,” Rossi said. “I bleed red, white and blue and it honors me to be a spokesperson for an organization that is determined to help those who have fought for our freedom. This is wonderful timing with the rebirth of the Verizon IndyCar series – I look forward to trying to get the Military to Motorsports car to victory lane.”
“I am very excited about the Phoenix Grand Prix – not only for the team, but also for our veterans,” said Tilton. “The race weekend will be a chance for Military to Motorsports to showcase our effort in helping these true heroes who have put their lives on the line for us, so that we can enjoy the sport of racing.
“This year, we have expanded our Military to Motorsports initiative to Andretti Autosport’s partners, allowing more opportunities for our military Veterans in various locations nationwide. The Phoenix race is a great opportunity to create more awareness of our program; generating a positive impact on our heroes and their families, as we support them with their transition from their military lives to the private sector.”
Interested U.S. veterans can apply via MilitaryToMotorsports.com for immediate consideration of upcoming openings.