DHL, Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport Expand Partnership — Indianapolis 500 Champion Hunter-Reay to Pilot DHL IndyCar Through 2020 …

Posted: September 18, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Ryan Hunter-Reay comes in for tires and fuel on pit lane during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway — IndyCar Image by Bret Kelley

SONOMA, CALIF. (Sept. 18, 2016) – Andretti Autosport and DHL Express announced today the extension of their partnership which began in 2011. The world’s leading express services provider will remain the primary sponsor on the No. 28 Andretti Autosport IndyCar through 2020.

“Our relationship with DHL grew out of a partnership that dates back to 2005,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “To see this partnership develop and continue over a 15-year period, through 2020, is the result of hard work by both companies in support of DHL marketing, sales and B2B objectives. It also reflects the strength of the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 properties.”

In addition to this partnership extension, the Indianapolis-based, four-time Indy 500 and IndyCar Series Champions confirmed that series veteran Ryan Hunter-Reay will pilot the DHL-sponsored machine for four years beyond this weekend’s 2016 season finale.

“The speed, reliability and dedication that Andretti Autosport, Ryan Hunter-Reay and the DHL IndyCar team exemplify are a mirror image of the qualities that enable DHL to be true to our motto of ‘Excellence, simply delivered’,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas. “It’s an impactful way to engage our customers as well as employees with a world-class racing experience.”

“Since we first teamed up with Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2011, the partnership has been one of the most powerful ways for us to connect our global brand with the public,” said Christine Nashick, Chief Marketing Officer for DHL Express Americas. “We are thrilled to continue this partnership for a decade, and with Ryan as our brand ambassador.”

Hunter-Reay, 35, is ranked as the most successful American driver currently racing in open-wheel competition today, with more wins than all of the other current American IndyCar drivers combined. With over 200 IndyCar race starts, the Florida-resident holds 16 wins, 36 podiums, and 96 top-10 finishes.

“I can’t express how pleased we are to be able to announce that Ryan will be returning through 2020,” added Andretti. “Ryan is one of the top – if not the top – driver in the series, and has been a leader within the team since he started with us in 2010, winning in only his third race. Ryan has won 13 races, an IndyCar Championship and the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport, and I have no doubt this partnership will put us in a position for further success.”

“I couldn’t be happier about this announcement and the opportunity to continue with Andretti Autosport as an ambassador for DHL,” said Hunter-Reay. “These next four years will take us to nearly a decade-long relationship with DHL and a full 11 years with the team. We’ve won 13 races together, the Indy 500 and the IndyCar Championship and we’re going to do a lot more together. Over the years we have become more of a family than just a team and sponsor. I’m proud to represent this group and this brand and am looking forward to the milestones yet to come.”

Hunter-Reay will take to the wheel of the No. 28 DHL Honda today for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. The 2012 Series Champion has finished second the last two years at Sonoma Raceway, and will be pushing for the win at 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale. Catch all of the championship racing action live from Sonoma Raceway at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

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