Andretti, Herta to Merge Racing Teams

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The no. 98 Honda and its crew will join the Andretti Autosport ranks. (Image courtesy of INDYCAR/LAT USA) The no. 98 Honda and its crew will join the Andretti Autosport ranks. (Image courtesy of INDYCAR/LAT USA)
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Two Indianapolis 500-winning teams are merging for the 2016 season of the Verizon IndyCar Series. Bryan Herta Autosport and Andretti Autosport, both based in Indianapolis, will join together, allowing Andretti to add a fourth entry into the series.

Andretti Autosport says the BHA crew will remain intact as part of the Andretti racing family. BHA's number 98 Honda will be added to the Andretti team, the driver for which will be announced at a later date. Last season, Gabby Chaves drove the car for BHA.

"Bryan is a long-time friend and I was happy to watch him build a successful Indy car team,” said Michael Andretti. "Bringing Bryan and his crew into the family is a great opportunity for all parties to build an even stronger organization. Having Bryan’s experience is a welcome addition to the team. I’m honored to be able to carry on what he started and look forward to a competitive season.”

Bryan Herta Autosport won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with the late Dan Wheldon at the wheel. Andretti Autosport has won the 500 on several occasions, the most recent of which was 2014 with driver Ryan Hunter-Reay.

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