MILAN and INDIANAPOLIS, June 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Continuing the momentum following Andretti Autosport's 1 - 2 finish at the epic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, the team's partnership portfolio continues to grow with the addition of Magneti Marelli, a global advanced systems and component supplier for the automotive industry.
The first appearance for the brand will come through primary sponsorship of Carlos Muñoz and the No. 26 Magneti Marelli Honda for the Verizon IndyCar Series Duel in Detroit on June 4 and 5 and associate sponsorship of Marco Andretti and the No. 27 Snapple / United Fiber & Data Honda for all remaining races on the 2016 IndyCar schedule. The partnership also further strengthens the race team's technical capabilities as Magneti Marelli and Andretti Autosport will be collaborating on a number of development and engineering projects to optimize the race team's performance.
"We are really excited to welcome Magneti Marelli into the Andretti family of partners and carry the Magneti Marelli colors on Carlos' Indy car this weekend," said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. "As a global leader in automotive technology and innovation, Magneti Marelli brings strong technical resources and engineering expertise that will further enhance our race operations and on-track performance. Magneti Marelli has a strong and long-standing legacy in motorsport dating back nearly 100 years to 1919; it's really great to bring them on as a partner following this past weekend's historic 100th Running of the Indy 500."
"We are proud to support a top global motorsport team such as Andretti Autosport," - stated Stephane Vedie, President & CEO at Magneti Marelli Holding USA - "which is involved in some of the most interesting racing challenges in the world, like the Verizon IndyCar Series, FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross and have just achieved a fantastic result in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Also, Magneti Marelli has a cross expertise and a strong commitment in all the main motorsport championships on a global scale and so we believe we can bring in this technical partnership the best of our know-how and experience, that goes from motorsports to road cars and vice versa."
The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series heads next to the Motor City for Rounds 7 and 8 of competition with the upcoming double-header weekend. The fierce competition of the championship can be seen live Saturday and Sunday, with broadcast times at 3:30 p.m. ET both days. To keep up on all things Andretti and follow along with the racing action, be sure to follow @FollowAndrettiand keep up with #IndyCar via Twitter .
SOURCE Magneti Marelli SpA