Marco Andretti has signed a contract extension with Andretti-Herta Autosport that will see the Pennsylvanian return for his 14th season and beyond with the family-owned IndyCar operation. U.S. Concrete, which has adorned the No. 98 Honda entry driven by Andretti, also signed on to remain with the team.
“We’re really excited about the extended support from U.S. Concrete,” Marco Andretti said. “We’ve gotten to know their team really well and they fit in perfectly with the Andretti family of partners. I’m looking forward to continuing my IndyCar journey and am really hoping this next year is the one with an Indy 500 win, along with many others.”
With Andretti teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, and Zach Veach under existing multi-year contracts, Marco Andretti was the only member of the squad waiting for be re-signed.
“It’s great to be able to announce this extension for 2019 and beyond,” said Michael Andretti. “Our companies share many values, and both serve as leaders in our industries. We’ve built a great foundation over the last year and are proud to continue to represent U.S. Concrete both on and off the racetrack.”
“We truly value our relationship with Marco and Andretti Autosport,” added Bill Sandbrook, chairman, president and CEO of U.S. Concrete. “The ability to team up with a world class driver, team and organization who share our commitment to safety, operational excellence and winning, provides us a unique value enhancing partnership – unparalleled in our industry.”
Although Marco Andretti was known to have spoken with at least one other team during a brief free agent period, his return was not unexpected. With the same line-up locked in, the next question for Andretti Autosport to answer is whether any of the four drivers will race under a modified Andretti banner next year as partnerships with McLaren Racing and Harding Racing evolve.