Hunter-Reay and IZOD join Andretti Autosport
5 January 2010 – The Andretti Autosport team, formerly Andretti Green Racing, has announced that Ryan Hunter-Reay will be part of the team from the 2010 season onwards. The Dallas man makes the switch to Michael Andretti's newly-owned outfit as it also confirms that apparel company Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH) is a partner of the team.
With new IndyCar Series title sponsor IZOD (one brand of PVH, which also owns names such as Calvin Klein) also becoming sponsor of the actual Andretti Autosport car, the signing of Hunter-Reay confirms the switch from A.J. Foyt Racing, which is where the 29-year-old completed the 2009 season after transferring from Vision Racing.
"Joining a team of Andretti Autosport's calibre has been my goal for the entire 16 years of my racing career and being able to strengthen my ties to everyone at IZOD through this effort is tremendous," commented Hunter-Reay, who clinched his first race victory at Surfers Paradise in 2003.
"This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I am ready to give 120 percent to the programme. I have never met a group of people who are more determined to win races, and especially the Indianapolis 500, than the people I am working with at Andretti Autosport. When the folks around you share the same enthusiasm and determination you do, the prospect for success is high, which is why Andretti Autosport is one of the winningest teams in IZOD IndyCar Series history."
"We are excited about what we've put together with PVH and Ryan and believe we can grow this programme substantially over the next several months," added team Chairman, President and CEO Michael Andretti. "We felt it was important to announce what we know and what we've secured, which is a great partnership under the IZOD brand name and a programme which we feel will give Ryan a good shot of winning at Indianapolis.
"How far we take him into 2010 is still in the works but we feel good about the potential that we will add Ryan to our driver line-up for the full season."