November 18, 2013  |   By Paul Kelly

Andretti Autosport Promotes Indy 500 Rookie Of The Year Munoz

Andretti Autosport has promoted 2013 Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookie of the Year Carlos Munoz to a full-time seat in the IndyCar Series in 2014, team officials announced Nov. 18.

Munoz, from Colombia, will join Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay on the four-car team fielded next season in the IndyCar Series by four-time series champion Andretti Autosport.

“I don't have the words to express right now how I feel,” Munoz said. “After so many years of racing and all the sacrifices – leaving my family in Colombia and going to Europe to race, then coming here to the U.S. But finally, I'm a professional race car driver in the maximum category in America, IndyCar. I have to thank Andretti Autosport, and especially Michael Andretti, for this opportunity.

“To be a part of this team, they believe a lot in me, and to pay them back would be to bring them great results. With that, I have to work hard in all aspects, mentally and physically. I'm really happy, and I'm looking forward to start practicing and testing. I also have to thank my family for all of their support all these years. Finally my dream has come true. Also to my fans for being here and believing in me: This is just the beginning.”

Munoz, 21, electrified the racing world by qualifying second and finishing second in the 97th Indianapolis 500 on May 26. He led five times for 12 laps in his first IndyCar Series start.

2013 Firestone Indy Lights title contender Munoz also made IndyCar Series starts in 2013 on the Streets of Toronto and Auto Club Speedway. He also won four races this season in Firestone Indy Lights, finishing third in the season standings.

“Carlos stepped up this season and showed outstanding potential on track in Indy and Fontana,” said Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We are looking forward to welcoming him as a full-time IndyCar driver and seeing what 2014 has in store. We are confident that his success in Indy Lights will carry on into his IndyCar career.”


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