Andretti Autosport will pursue the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series championship with an engineering group that’s largely unchanged from last season. From its four Honda-powered entries, only Marco Andretti’s No. 98 program has undergone a change among race engineers.
Joining the Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Andretti and Curb-Agajanian squad is New Zealand’s Mark Bryant, who led Patricio O’Ward to the most recent Indy Lights championship and engineered the Mexican during his breakout IndyCar debut at Sonoma. Nathan O’Rourke, Andretti’s race engineer through 2018, has been reassigned within the IndyCar team.
“Mark was in [Andretti technical director] Eric Bretzman’s spot from when he went down to Bathurst as part of the Walkinshaw Andretti United supercars partnership,” Andretti COO Rob Edwards told RACER. “He came back very high on Mark and said Mark did a great job last year and so he’s going to engineer Marco and my good buddy Mike Pawlowski is going to be the performance engineer on that program. So we’re blending the fresh engineer in Mark with a very experienced performance engineer to work alongside him.”
Elsewhere at Andretti Autosport, a few tweaks among support engineers have been made.
“There are some subtle changes within the ranks, if you will,” Edwards continued. “So on the 26 car, Garrett Mothersead’s working with Zach Veach again. But we have a new performance engineer on that car with Andrew Koers, who’s been with Andretti in one form or another for many, many years. He was actually on the Rallycross program last year. He used his year in Rallycross to sort of bridge that jump between being a diagonal systems engineer to performance engineer and acquainted himself very well.”
Championship runner-up Alexander Rossi and 2012 IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay complete the Andretti engineering roster.
“Alexander’s 27 car is unchanged from last year with Jeremy Milless and Brian Page in place,” he said. “On the 28 car, it’s still Ryan and Ray Gosselin, but there a change on the performance engineer there. Ron Barhorst who was with Garrett and Zach, last year moved across to 28 car.
“Ron expressed the desire to work on the 28 car just to work with a different engineer, and in his own words, he said he enjoyed working with Garrett and Zach a lot. And for his growth, he thinks the more of the different race engineers in the stable that he works with, then the better his education for hopefully moving up to being a race engineer will be one day.”