Kirkwood will drive the number 27 Andretti Autosport Car in 2023

Kirkwood will drive the number 27 Andretti Autosport Car in 2023

Andretti Autosport announced on June 1 that the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie and Indy Lights, presented by Cooper Tires champion Kyle Kirkwood, will drive the #27 AutoNation Honda from the 2023 season.

“I couldn’t be happier to return to Andretti Autosport and represent AutoNation next year,” Kirkwood said. “Andretti Autosport is a place I’ve called home for years, and I’ve really felt like family. I have a lot of loyalty to the team and it means a lot that Michael and the Andretti team are giving me this opportunity. AutoNation has done an amazing job raising awareness and funding for cancer research. I am honored to be riding Pink (DRVPNK) next season.

Kirkwood won the Indy Lights title for Andretti Autosport. He will drive for AJ Foyt Racing in his rookie season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2022.

“I have worked extremely hard this season and will continue to work harder every day for the AJ Foyt team. I would like to thank the entire team at AJ Foyt Racing for giving me the opportunity to compete in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES The group on the number 14 car has been incredible and I am extremely grateful to them for all the great experiences we have been able to share together this season so far.”

AutoNation, America’s largest and most admired car dealership, will serve as the title sponsor for the entire 2023 racing calendar as they go towards the $35 million being donated in the fight against cancer. As a long-standing partner of the championship-winning organization, AutoNation and DRVPNK have appeared on race cars on the Andretti Autosport INDYCAR team since 2014.

“We have really enjoyed having Kyle as part of our Indy Lights team and he is off to a strong start in INDYCAR,” said Michael Andretti, chairman and CEO of Andretti Autosport. “I think he will bring a new perspective and be competitive. We look forward to helping him continue his career growth.

“AutoNation first joined the team eight years ago and we are excited to see how their support has continued to grow over the years. We have seen many successes both on and off the track and are excited to see what Kyle and AutoNation can do together for the DRVPNK campaign.”

AutoNation CXO and EVP Marc Cannon said: “We are delighted to welcome Kyle to the team and for the passion and dedication he will bring to our mission to eradicate cancer, through DRVPNK. We would also like to wish Alexander all the best and thank him for his endless efforts to support AutoNation’s mission to eradicate cancer over the years.”

This move confirms that Alexander Rossi will leave the team after seven years at the end of the 2022 season. Together, Rossi and Andretti have racked up seven wins, including the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in Rossi’s rookie 2016 INDYCAR campaign.

“Alexander has been a big contender for us and we have enjoyed being part of the team for seven seasons,” said Andretti. “He has won races and has become a leader in the team, but all careers and all teams are evolving, and we have decided together that it is time for each of us to move on. I have no doubt that he will have an ongoing, successful INDYCAR career and we wish him the best. In the meantime, we are all working hard to finish the 2022 season strong.”

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