With the 2016 Verizon IndyCar season approaching, Andretti Autosport and Bryan Herta Autosport have merged. Andretti Autosport have been trying to gather the funds and sponsorship to run a fourth full time team, which has lead to the merger with Bryan Herta Autosport; who has also ran into problems with trying to find funding for his team’s 98 entry.
This merger means Andretti will acquire Bryan Herta Autosports resources and team. Bryan Herta will remain with the team as strategist of the 98 car and team driver coach. “I couldn’t be more excited about this new chapter for Bryan Herta Autosport. Michael has been a long time friend, and we certainly know that Andretti Autosport was a big part of my career.”
This is not the first time Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta have worked with each other. Bryan Herta drove for Andretti from 2003 to 2006. Bryan Herta would win at Kansas and Michigan with a best championship result of eighth.
There is no word on who the driver will be for the 98 car but Herta has ruled out 2015 IndyCar rookie of the year Gabby Chaves. Drivers who have been shortlisted for the ride included former driver J.R. Hildebrand, American Alexander Rossi, and Pastor Maldonado who just recently lost seat at Renault to Kevin Magnussen.
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