IndyCar driver Colton Herta will stay with Andretti Autosport through the conclusion of the 2027 season, although their shared F1 aspirations are still open.
Herta, who has won seven IndyCar races since being promoted to the series in 2018, was under contract with Andretti through 2023, but the team and driver have now extended their partnership for a further four years.
Along with the announcement, it was revealed that Gainbridge, the race’s title sponsor, will stay on board with Andretti and support the team’s #26 car.
“We’re really pleased to confirm that Colton and Gainbridge will remain with Andretti Autosport for years to come,” said team owner Michael Andretti. “Colton is a true talent in a racecar and has natural determination that makes him want to win.”
“He’s a strong competitor and a good teammate. I’m looking forward to seeing what Colton and Andretti can continue to achieve together… We’ve been really proud to represent Gainbridge, and to have given them their first racing victory with Colton in 2020 — and four more since.”
“On and off the track we share a commitment to compete at the top level and look forward to seeing Colton return to victory lane in the yellow and black Gainbridge colors.”
The 22-year-old’s chances of competing in Formula 1 are not ended by Herta’s long-term contract with Andretti. But Andretti’s future capacity to gain an entry with the FIA, a project that is still in progress, or to collaborate with an existing F1 team will determine whether the McLaren test driver has any chance of competing with the sport’s best.
“I’m super-happy and grateful for everything the entire Andretti and Gainbridge teams have done for me,” said Herta. “This is a huge step for me professionally and I’m so glad it can be with a top team like Andretti Autosport.”
“We have big goals and a lot of work ahead of us, but I can’t be happier to do it with this team and represent Gainbridge.”