DHL, Andretti Autosport sign multi-year sponsorship agreement
- New DHL IndyCar Will Have Ryan Hunter-Reay Behind the Wheel
- Official Logistics Sponsor of Andretti Autosport
Indianapolis, IN and Plantation, FL, Feb. 22, 2011: DHL, the world's leading logistics company, announced today it signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Andretti Autosport, a winning IZOD IndyCar Series team owned by Michael Andretti. As the Official Shipping and Logistics sponsor of Andretti Autosport, DHL will serve as a co-primary sponsor of the new car driven by Ryan Hunter-Reay and as an associate sponsor for the car driven by the team's newest member, Mike Conway.
"Andretti Autosport has a history of success grounded in the same attributes required to be the First Choice among logistics providers for our customers - speed, reliability, and a "team" spirit focused on putting the "fans" - our customers - at the center of everything we do," said Wolfgang Giehl, senior vice president for Corporate Brand Marketing for DHL. "We're pleased to sponsor this winning motorsports team which provides an excellent opportunity to promote the DHL brand and align with Andretti Autosport in U.S. and global markets."
Hunter-Reay will be starting his second season with Andretti Autosport as he gets behind the wheel of the team's new DHL entry. Coming off a breakthrough year that saw him win the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Hunter-Reay finished a career-best seventh in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings. Conway, who launched his IZOD IndyCar Series career in 2009 after building a strong resume in Europe, was signed to the team's roster on February 1.
The new DHL IndyCar will be unveiled at the DHL regional headquarters in Plantation, FL., on Tuesday, March 8, at 10:15 a.m. with Hunter-Reay and DHL staffers in attendance. The bright yellow, red and white racer will make its debut at the season opener - the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 27.
"We are very excited to welcome DHL into our sponsor family at Andretti Autosport," said John Lopes, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Andretti Autosport. "This is a partnership that was born out of our great, long-standing relationship with DHL's North American supply chain division, Exel. As a global industry leader, DHL is a brand that we are proud to add to our portfolio. We look forward to developing this relationship and helping DHL strengthen its brand presence and international specialty positioning."