Harding Steinbrenner & Herta Uniting With Andretti

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Colton Herta will return under the Andretti Autosport banner next season. (Dennis Bicksler photo)

MONTEREY, Calif. – Andretti Autosport announced Saturday that the team will join forces with Harding Steinbrenner Racing via a partnership that will see Andretti field a fifth entry for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season.

The No. 88 Honda will join the Andretti stable under the Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport banner, with HSR team principals Mike Harding and George Michael Steinbrenner IV uniting alongside Michael Andretti as leadership partners of the No. 88 team.

“I’m really excited about the announcement to bring our partnerships with Harding Steinbrenner closer together,” said co-team principal Andretti. “This partnership and expansion of Andretti Autosport will bring about a positive direction and new opportunities for all involved.

“I’m also thrilled to be able to keep Colton in the Andretti family,” Andretti added. “We’ve watched him grow and develop and we are excited to see the next chapter as he continues his charge in becoming a strong competitive force in the IndyCar Series.”

The partnership is born from a successful technical alliance between Andretti Technologies and Harding Steinbrenner Racing, which provided engineering support through the season.

Additionally, the relationship provided a development environment for Colton Herta, who will return to Andretti to pilot the No. 88 as part of a multi-year agreement.

Colton Herta set the fastest time in NTT IndyCar Series practice Friday at Portland Int'l Raceway. (Al Steinberg Photo)
The No. 88 Honda of Colton Herta will be run by a unified Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport team next season. (Al Steinberg photo)

“I am very proud of Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season. The No. 88 crew, Colton Herta, and our partnership with Andretti Technologies have worked extremely well, and we have had some great accomplishments this season,” noted Harding. “I am also honored that the No. 88 will combine forces with Andretti Autosport to become Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season with Colton continuing as the driver.”

“We are extremely excited to be continuing and expanding our partnership with Andretti Autosport,” added Steinbrenner IV. “Andretti has become like family to me and the team, as we have shared a connection since the very beginning of Steinbrenner Racing. We see this as an opportunity to build upon a successful 2019 and create an environment of sustained competitiveness. We are thrilled we have been able to retain Colton’s services and look forward to a fruitful tenure together.”

Herta, who climbed the European racing ranks before joining Andretti Autosport for the 2017 and 2018 Indy Lights seasons, currently ranks third in the IndyCar Rookie of the Year standings on the strength of one win and five top-10 finishes.

“It’s always been a goal of mine to drive for Andretti Autosport ever since watching my dad drive for them in the mid 2000s,” said Herta. “I’m very thankful for the Steinbrenners and Mike Harding for their efforts through my career and continued efforts into this year. I’ve grown up around the Andretti team and many of the guys that have been working there since my dad’s days of driving are still with the team. I’m sure I’ll feel right at home.

“I can for sure tell you this is going to be the longest offseason I’ve had in a while and I can’t wait to hop in my brand-new Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Indy car!”