Indianapolis-based Andretti Autosport has announced a partnership with newly-launched Steinbrenner Racing to field an entry in the Indy Lights Series. The car will be driven by second-generation racer Colton Herta, son of team owner Bryan Herta, who began a partnership with Andretti earlier this year.
The 16-year-old Herta won the 2013 Facific Formula F1600 championship and most recently competed in the 2016 EuroFormula Open Campaign and the 2016 British Formula 3 Championship where he earned a total of four wins between the two series.
"I’m very pleased to be coming back to race in the States," said Herta. "IndyCar is my goal, so competing in Indy Lights this year will bring me one step closer. I know I have a good team behind me in Andretti Steinbrenner Racing and we should be fighting for wins right away."
Steinbrenner Racing is led by team principal George Michael Steinbrenner IV, son of the famed former owner of the New York Yankees. Andretti says Steinbrenner will have a very hands-on role with the team by joining the Indianapolis office.
"Partnering with a name as iconic as Steinbrenner is really something I’m looking forward to," said Michael Andretti, chief executive officer of Andretti Autosport. "George Michael has a great vision for his race team, just as his grandfather had for the Yankees. I think together the partnership can continue to grow in motorsport, and it is only fitting that we begin by entering a car into the Mazda Road to Indy program with Indy Lights."
Herta joins Dalton Kellett, Nico Jamin and Ryan Norman on the Andretti Indy Lights roster for 2017.