INDIANAPOLIS – Ryan Norman will begin his Mazda Road to Indy career competing in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires with Andretti Autosport next year.
The rookie will pilot the No. 48 Flip Side Mazda as part of Andretti’s stable.
“I’m very excited to join Andretti Autosport for the 2017 Indy Lights Season,” said Norman. “With their great success in IndyCar and Indy Lights, it is the perfect environment for me to learn and grow as a driver. I want to thank Michael Andretti and the rest of the team for this wonderful opportunity and I hope to bring great results to the team this coming year.”
Norman, a native of Cleveland, earned the series championship in the Atlantic Championship Series this year, collecting 10 wins in 16 races and tallying nine pole positions. The 18-year-old is the third of four drivers confirmed to Andretti’s roster joining Dalton Kellett and Nico Jamin. The fourth driver will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We have been following Ryan’s achievements in Formula Atlantic and feel he will do equally well, if not better, in Indy Lights,” said J-F Thormann, president of Andretti Autosport. “Ryan has tested for the team several times this offseason and has impressed us with how quickly he has adapted to the car. We are looking forward to seeing what the 2017 season has in store for us and are thrilled to have three of our four Indy Lights entries announced.”