Hunter McElrea continues his meteoric rise up the IndyCar ladder, landing a gig with Andretti Autosport in next year’s Indy Lights series.
Indy Lights is the final Road to Indy category and the last step before the premier IndyCar series.
“It is a dream come true for me to join a team like Andretti Autosport,” McElrea said.
Andretti Autosport is one of America’s most prominent motorsport teams.
They have won four IndyCar and Indy Lights championships and five Indy 500s.
Driving with such an iconic team has McElrea buzzing.
“This is the biggest opportunity I have ever gotten in my racing career and I plan on making the most of it.”
McElrea tested an Indy Lights car with Andretti Autosport earlier this month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Clearly, he did enough to wow his future team into a contract deal.
“After my first days in an Indy Lights car and working with the team, it’s clear to me why they are one of the world’s most successful race teams.”
McElrea spent the past two years competing in the Indy Pro 2000 championship. His best season result was third this year.
Before that, he won four races in his sole USF2000 season en route to finishing second in the driver’s standings.
“Hunter has been very competitive in his Road to Indy career, and we have high hopes that he can continue that pattern next year for us in Indy Lights,” Andretti president J-F Thormann said.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Hunter to our 2022 Indy Lights programme.”