SONOMA, Calif. – The Ryan Hunter-Reay and DHL relationship at Andretti Autosport has been extended in a multi-year deal through 2020, the team announced Sunday at Sonoma Raceway.
“Our relationship with DHL grew out of a partnership that dates back to 2005,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael 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.”
“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’,” added Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas. “It’s an impactful way to engage our customers as well as employees with a world-class racing experience.”
“RHR” joined the team in 2010 with IZOD sponsorship before DHL came on board in 2011, and the two together have had a fruitful relationship since.
Hunter-Reay won the 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series championship and 2014 Indianapolis 500, and is one of only four drivers (Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan) who has both a title and a ‘500 win on his resume in the full-time lineup.
Hunter-Reay and DHL were signed through 2017 and would have become free agents next year.
“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.”