Skip to content

Munoz officially confirmed at Andretti for 2014

Nov 18, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

Andretti Autosport driver Carlos Munoz of Colombia scratches his chin after qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Reuters

Carlos Munoz provided several “wow” moments in his three IndyCar cameos this season. The Colombian will have a full season’s worth of opportunities to do so in 2014.

The long-awaited confirmation of his step up to IndyCar with Andretti Autosport was announced Monday morning. Munoz, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 runner-up and rookie of the year, will drive the team’s fourth Honda-powered car with his car number and sponsorship details to be announced at a later date. He replaces E.J. Viso in the seat, having also done so at the last race at Fontana on short notice.

“I don’t have the words to express right now how I feel.” Munoz said in the team’s release. “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.”

Although he starred at Indianapolis, as an injury fill-in for Ryan Briscoe in Toronto at Panther Racing and again on the 2-mile oval in Fontana, Munoz admits he’ll have a lot to learn as the first member of IndyCar’s 2014 rookie class.

“With that, I have to work hard in all aspects – mentally and physically.”  he said. 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 and teammate, 2012 series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, will test today at Sebring. His two seasons in Indy Lights included four wins and five poles, but ill-timed issues this year cost him a shot at the series championship.

Unlike Tristan Vautier this year, there’s a good chance Munoz will have competition for rookie-of-the-year honors in 2014. Luca Filippi is close to a deal at Bryan Herta Autosport, Sage Karam has the scholarship funding available for a full season jump after winning the Indy Lights crown, and Conor Daly would be a viable fit at several different teams if he does not garner enough budget for a GP2 or World Series by Renault season in Europe.

Additionally, Michael Andretti was here in Austin this weekend and confirmed the team’s engineering change to move Craig Hampson, James Hinchcliffe’s 2013 engineer, into a team R&D role with Nathan O’Rourke coming into the fold from Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. No announcement on Munoz’s engineer was provided as yet.

Latest Posts
  1. NASCAR America video: The unique energy of Bristol Motor Speedway

    Aug 21, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT

    (Photo by Alan Marler for Chevrolet) (Photo by Alan Marler for Chevrolet)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr’s crew chief, Steve Letarte, joined NASCAR America on Thursday to talk about the different feeling that Bristol Motor Speedway has and goes over the strategy his team has for the race.

  2. MRTI: Championships to be decided in trio of Sonoma doubleheaders

    Aug 21, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

    MazdaRoadToIndy

    Mazda Road to Indy titles will be decided in Sonoma this weekend.

  3. Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson pace NNS practices; Milka Duno seeks to become first Latina to qualify for a NASCAR event

    Aug 21, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT

    Milka Duno. (Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) Getty Images

    Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson topped Thursday afternoon’s pair of Nationwide Series practice sessions at Bristol Motor Speedway.

  4. Latest edition of the Penske Files: You wanted more bloopers, you’ve got ‘em!

    Aug 21, 2014, 4:06 PM EDT

    penske file bloopers 8-21-2014

    After the popularity of the team’s drivers, the next most popular thing around Team Penske is The Penske Files, especially editions that contain bloopers. Check out the latest edition of TPF bloopers!

  5. WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 6:30 p.m. ET — Steve Letarte, Tennessee racing history, Truck race highlights

    Aug 21, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT

    140821-NASCAR-AMERICA

    Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, which airs LIVE at 6:30 pm ET, will cover a lot of ground, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. crew chief (and future NASCAR on NBC analyst) Steve Letarte, breaking down and the history of Bristol Motor Speedway and lots more.

  6. Sochi street circuit approved ahead of Russian GP

    Aug 21, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    A Russian Time GP2 car drives at the newly opened Sochi International Street Circuit in Sochi Reuters

    Russian Grand Prix set to be held in Sochi in six weeks’ time after the track is given a license.

  7. Off The Grid: Budapest – Our favorite city on the F1 calendar (VIDEO)

    Aug 21, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

    Budapest

    Catch this sneak preview of Off The Grid: Budapest ahead of tomorrow’s premiere.

  8. Spa provides a poignant reminder that F1 must remember its roots

    Aug 21, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Belgium - Practice Getty Images

    As impressive as many of F1’s new builds are, we must remember the likes of Spa and Monza when looking to the future of the sport.

  9. Alonso targeting third place in both F1 championships

    Aug 21, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain - Qualifying Getty Images

    Ferrari’s lead driver has high hopes for the second half of the season.

  10. MotorSportsTalk’s Predictions: Belgian GP

    Aug 21, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Belgium - Previews Getty Images

    The MST writing team makes its predictions ahead of this weekend’s race at Spa.

  11. After 62 starts, Brad Keselowski finally earns first career Trucks win at Bristol

    Aug 21, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    (Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) Getty Images

    Hard as it may seem to believe, Brad Keselowski had never won a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in his career. That was before Thursday’s UNOH 200 at Bristol, where Keselowski dominated en route to the checkered flag.

  12. Bottas confident Williams is yet to reach its peak

    Aug 21, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

    Germany F1 GP Auto Racing AP

    Finnish driver yet to be confirmed at Williams for 2015, but sees no reason to look elsewhere for a seat.

  13. F1, IndyCar, Red Bull GRC highlight jam-packed motorsports weekend on networks of NBC

    Aug 21, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

    nbcsports1 (1)

    All your TV times for F1, IndyCar, Red Bull Global Rallycross and more for this weekend’s motorsports action across NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

  14. Alexander Rossi to make F1 debut in Belgium, replaces Chilton

    Aug 21, 2014, 10:51 AM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Hungary - Practice Getty Images

    Chilton benched whilst his contractual issues are resolved, allowing Rossi to become the first American since Scott Speed in 2007 to race in a grand prix.

  15. Postponed Camping World Trucks race underway at Bristol

    Aug 21, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT

    Bristol motor speedway logo

    The rescheduled UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is underway Thursday morning.

  16. Lotterer warns not to expect too much from his F1 debut

    Aug 21, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Le Mans 24h Race Getty Images

    Three-time Le Mans winner to make his F1 debut with Caterham this weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix.

  17. Sutil: Verstappen is a risky choice for Toro Rosso

    Aug 21, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    F1 Testing At Silverstone - Day One Getty Images

    Sauber driver is open to the idea of a 17-year-old racing in F1, and hopes to be on the grid with him next season.

  18. Lotterer debut a refreshing tonic for F1, Caterham

    Aug 21, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain - Practice Getty Images

    Compared to F1 hopefuls and/or retreads, seeing a relative outsider in Andre Lotterer make his debut this weekend is a welcome change of pace.

  19. 2014 Belgian Grand Prix Preview

    Aug 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Belgium - Race Getty Images

    After a three-week summer break, what better way to welcome Formula 1 back than with the Belgian Grand Prix?

  20. Rain postpones Bristol Trucks race to Thursday morning

    Aug 20, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT

    bristol rain Getty Images

    Wednesday’s UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway has been postponed due to heavy rain and lightning. The race has been rescheduled to 10 am ET on Thursday morning, weather permitting.

Video from NASCAR America

Jimmie Johnson must pick up the pace
Top 10 NASCAR Driver Searches