Ryan Hunter-Reay hasn’t had a great season, but the 2014 Indy 500 winner and 2012 IndyCar champion isn’t going anywhere. Hunter-Reay’s current deal with Andretti Autosport was set to expire at the end of next season. Today, he and the team announced a contract extension, along with sponsor DHL, that will run through the end of the 2020 season.
The new deal partners Hunter-Reay with DHL for almost a decade, and will mark 11 years with the Andretti team, where he has won 13 of his 16 races. It’s been an emotional week for Ryan, but he is looking forward to the future. “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.”
Team owner Michael Andretti said: “Our relationship with DHL grew out of a partnership that dates back to 2005. 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.”
Today is the final race of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, and Hunter-Reay currently sits in 13th position in the standings. He has three podiums this year, but is still seeking his first win of the season, which would keep his streak of wins alive. The last time he went an entire season without winning a race was 2009.