Andretti Autosport re-signs Ryan Hunter-Reay, DHL
2012 IndyCar champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay will race for Andretti Autosport and in DHL colors through 2020, it was announced today.
Hunter-Reay’s contract with Michael Andretti’s team was due to expire at the end of 2017, but his contract will see him through to the end of 2020. That will mark Hunter-Reay’s 11th season at Andretti, where he has scored 13 of his 16 IndyCar victories, including the 98th Indianapolis 500.
Hunter-Reay had been linked with moves to both Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing.
Said Michael Andretti: "Our relationship with DHL grew out of a partnership that dates back to 2005,” said Andretti. "To see this partnership develop and continue over a 15-year period, through 2020, is the result of hard work by both companies in support of DHL marketing, sales and B2B objectives.
“It also reflects the strength of the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 properties."
Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express America commented: “The speed, reliability and dedication that Andretti Autosport, Ryan Hunter-Reay and the DHL IndyCar team exemplify are a mirror image of the qualities that enable DHL to be true to our motto of ‘Excellence, simply delivered. It’s an impactful way to engage our customers as well as employees with a world-class racing experience.”
“Since we first teamed up with Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2011, the partnership has been one of the most powerful ways for us to connect our global brand with the public,” said Christine Nashick, DHL’s CMO. “We are thrilled to continue this partnership for a decade, and with Ryan as our brand ambassador.”
Hunter-Reay, who passed the 200-race mark this season, said: “I couldn’t be happier about this announcement and the opportunity to continue with Andretti Autosport as an ambassador for DHL,” said Hunter-Reay.
“These next four years will take us to nearly a decade-long relationship with DHL and a full 11 years with the team. We’ve won 13 races together, the Indy 500 and the IndyCar Championship and we’re going to do a lot more together.
“Over the years we have become more of a family than just a team and sponsor. I’m proud to represent this group and this brand and am looking forward to the milestones yet to come.”
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