Tuesday, 30 November 2010 16:04
Andretti Autosport and AFS Racing announced today they have ended their partnership in INDYCAR, both companies to continue with Firestone Indy Lights efforts as part of the 'Road to Indy' program.
Andretti Autosport plans to field multiple entries in Firestone Indy Lights again in 2011, while AFS Racing will continue in Firestone Indy Lights and will explore additional opportunities in the IndyCar Series.
Since joining forces in 2008, AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport captured two Firestone Indy Lights championship titles and 11 race wins.
In 2009 and 2010, AFS Racing expanded its role and fielded an entry within the IZOD IndyCar Series in a joint venture with Andretti Autosport, first for driver Franck Montagny and then for Adam Carroll.
In 2011, Andretti Autosport will be the first team to compete with entries in each step of INDYCAR's 'Road to Indy' ladder development program, including the Star Mazda Championship and the USF2000 National Championship.
Andretti Autosport made its entry into Firestone Indy Lights in 2005 with then 18 year old Marco Andretti, who claimed three wins from pole as part of a limited schedule during the team's debut season.
The team made the jump to full time competition in the series in 2006 and 2007 before combining efforts with AFS Racing in 2008.
AFS Racing is owned by California native Gary Peterson who fielded his first Firestone Indy Lights entry as owner/driver of AFS Racing, Inc., in 2002.
AFS Racing earned its two Firestone Indy Lights race victories in 2006 with driver Alex Lloyd and another in 2007 with Wade Cunningham.
During his nine seasons as owner of AFS Racing, Peterson has helped develop racing careers for many drivers including Arie Luyendyk Jr., Raphael Matos, J.R. Hildebrand, Sebastian Saavedra, Thiago Medeiros, Tyce Carlson and Phil Giebler.
Andretti Autosport is currently going through the process of securing Firestone Indy Lights drivers for the 2011 season.