IndyCar 2015 team preview: Andretti Autosport

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Andretti Autosport drivers won the Indianapolis 500 and rookie-of-the-year honors in 2014, but the team fought through various inconsistencies during the campaign. They’re next up on our list of teams to look at in our Verizon IndyCar Series 2015 team-by-team preview.

Team: Andretti Autosport
Engine/aero kits: Honda
Sponsors: TBC (No. 25), Cinsay/AndrettiTV (No. 26), Dr Pepper Snapple (No. 27), DHL (No. 28)

2014 STATS

Races: 18
Wins: 3 (Hunter-Reay)
Podiums: 12 (Hunter-Reay 6, Munoz 3, Andretti 2, Hinchcliffe 1)
Pole Positions: 1 (Hunter-Reay)
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 2053 (Hunter-Reay 563, Munoz 483, Andretti 463, Hinchcliffe 456, Busch 80, Montagny 8)
Laps Led: 293 (Hunter-Reay 195, Hinchcliffe 75, Andretti 23)
Championship Position: 6th (Hunter-Reay), 8th (Munoz), 9th (Andretti), 12th (Hinchcliffe), 25th (Busch), 36th (Montagny)

2015 LINEUP (Engineer in parentheses)

25 Simona de Silvestro (TBC)
26 Carlos Munoz (Garrett Mothershead)
27 Marco Andretti (Nathan O’Rourke)
28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ray Gosselin)

2014 RECAP (Hunter-Reay, Munoz, Andretti, Hinchcliffe driver recaps)

Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Indianapolis 500, in a popular and overdue triumph. Additionally, Carlos Munoz earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors over three deserving others. Those two items went right but all told the rest of the 2014 season was largely one to forget for Andretti Autosport, which fought inconsistency throughout the year and regressed in qualifying.

2015 OUTLOOK

RHR is always a title contender and Andretti and Munoz should each be better this year than last. Rob Edwards has been hired as new overall team manager, and should provide additional leadership. The trump card Andretti could hold is Honda’s aero kit, if that proves a better package than does Chevrolet’s. Simona de Silvestro has been confirmed for the team’s fourth car for St. Petersburg; it’s a car which, along with a potential fifth, has been the subject of much discussion this winter. She’s a nice add to a solid lineup, and makes Andretti also a fearsome foursome on par with Penske and Ganassi’s quartets.