IndyCar: Marco Andretti is both paying it forward, and set for another number change

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With Conor Daly testing next week at Sebring for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Daly took the opportunity to thank a friend and potential on-track rival who assisted in the opportunity.

Daly noted how Marco Andretti helped to pitch in so Daly could pay for his first Verizon IndyCar Series test in nearly two years. See a message from Daly posted on Twitter, below:

Andretti, meanwhile, has another number in mind: 27.

The Nazareth, Pa. native is set to switch from 25, which he has had the last two seasons, after carrying the No. 26 from 2006 through 2012.

“#27in15” Andretti posted on Twitter on Friday, before posting another image of his car’s rear wing with that new number to Instagram.

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#27in15. #Snapple #MutualOfOmaha #Honda

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The Andretti Autosport team more or less confirmed the switch to 27 on Friday, as well.

From a numerology standpoint, this means Andretti will take on James Hinchcliffe’s old number of 27, with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Carlos Munoz set to retain their 2014 numbers of 28 and 34, respectively.

It leaves open Andretti Autosport’s Nos. 25 and 26 for a fourth and/or possible fifth entry, that are still in the process of being finalized.

Justin Wilson has been mentioned as a possibility for the seat and/or seats; 2014 F1 drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Kevin Magnussen were tossed out within the last couple months; Zach Veach is keen on a program after two years with the team in Indy Lights and German Daniel Abt is the only driver in this group who has actually tested for the team this winter. Vergne has raced the last two FIA Formula E events for Andretti’s team, and has also been confirmed as a test driver for Ferrari in the last month or so.