Andretti Autosport announced today that Carlos Munoz will be back with the team in 2016. This was expected news, as Munoz prepares for his third full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The 23-year old Colombian driver will once again pilot the No. 26 Honda-powered car alongside teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti.
After joining the team’s Indy Lights program in 2012, Munoz won six races in the two years there. He moved up to IndyCar in 2013 and has enjoyed more success with Michael Andrettti’s team. He earned his first career IndyCar win last year at Detroit, and has recorded five podium finishes with the team through 36 races.
Munoz has also been very good on the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was the Rookie of the Year in 2013 after starting and finishing in second place, and finished fourth in 2014. He has completed all 600 laps in his three starts in the Indianapolis 500, leading laps in two of those races.
Team owner Michael Andretti believes in the progress they have made together. “Carlos has been part of the Andretti family of drivers for several years now. We’re really pleased with his growth as a driver and look forward to a competitive 2016.” Munoz himself is looking forward to next season; “I’m really happy to be able to return for another year. The 2016 schedule looks really nice and we hope to fight for an Indy 500 win and a championship.”
After finishing in eighth place in the championship in 2014, and getting his first win last year, Munoz is focused on getting even better. The three Andretti Autosport drivers will be testing at Phoenix tomorrow (Nov. 18) along with former AA driver James Hinchcliffe, who is now with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports..