INDIANAPOLIS — Andretti Autosport is truly a global entity. An NTT INDYCAR Series team. A Formula E team. An IMSA team. Now… A new Formula 1 path?
Last month they broke ground on a world class facility in Fishers (northside of Indianapolis). Last week, it was unveiled that they’d partner with Wayne Taylor Racing in IMSA and operate out of it once it’s done. Now, they’re using that WTR partnership for a bigger vision – Formula One.
It’s no secret, Andretti has been pursuing an F1 opportunity for the past year. They initially thought they’d buy out Sauber. In the 11th hour, that deal fell through. Then they tried to make a case for an expansion team. F1 didn’t fully seem interested.
The biggest interest for F1 if a new team was going to come was if they can bring in a new manufacturer and their support. So Andretti went back to work. They teamed with WTR and General Motorsports for sports cars which is a global entity. That wasn’t the ending point, it was just the beginning.
On Thursday, Andretti Global and General Motors, two American powerhouses in the automotive and motorsport sectors, have announced their intent to pursue the opportunity to compete in the FIA Formula One World Championship. GM would be represented by the Cadillac brand. The Andretti Cadillac team would be based in the U.S. with a support facility in the U.K.
This reunites two iconic American companies with deep motorsports pedigrees and provides the opportunity to build on previous racing accomplishments while expanding international reach for both brands. F1 has seen consistent growth globally and most recently in the U.S. with 2023 races in Austin, Miami and Las Vegas. The Andretti Cadillac team is planning to submit an Expression of Interest when the FIA opens the formal process. If selected, the team is seeking to compete as soon as practical with at least one American driver.
“General Motors is honored to team with Andretti Global on this historic moment in racing, said Mark Reuss, President, General Motors. “We have a long, rich history in motorsports and engineering innovation, and we are thrilled with the prospect of pairing with Andretti Global to form an American F1 team that will help spur even more global interest in the series and the sport.
“Cadillac and F1 both have growing global appeal. Our brand has a motorsports pedigree that’s more than a century in the making, and we would be proud to have the opportunity to bring our distinct American innovation and design to F1.”
Cadillac V-Series has a legacy of success on the track in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge. Since 2017, Cadillac has been competing at the forefront of American sports car racing in IMSA, achieving numerous wins, podiums, and championships with the Cadillac DPi-V.R. Cadillac will continue in sports car racing with the all-new hybrid Cadillac V-LMDh, which will compete globally in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship.
Andretti Global is a global racing enterprise and parent company to Andretti Autosport and other Andretti racing ventures. Andretti racing teams currently compete in seven different top-tier series worldwide and have found success in each avenue of competition. Andretti and GM last paired for the return of Chevrolet to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2012, together capturing nine wins across two seasons. The pairing additionally claimed the Driver, Team and Manufacturer titles in 2012.
“We are continuing to grow Andretti Global and its family of racing teams and always have our eyes on what’s next,” Michael Andretti, Chairman and CEO, Andretti Global. “I feel that we are well suited to be a new team for Formula One and can bring value to the series and our partners, and excitement for the fans. I’m proud to have GM and Cadillac alongside us as we pursue this goal. GM and Andretti share a legacy born out of the love of racing. We now have the opportunity to combine our motorsport passions and dedication to innovation to build a true American F1 bid.
“Together, we will continue to follow procedures and steps put forth by the FIA during the evaluation process. In the meantime, we continue to optimistically prepare should we be fortunate enough to have Andretti Cadillac formally approved as a Formula One contender.”
This seems like Andretti’s best shot at making F1 work. F1 President Mohammed Ben Sulayem tweeted out recently that F1 has to find a way to open the doors up to new teams. Then he tweeted out praise on the Thursday news.
The upcoming season will feature 3 races in the U.S (Miami, Austin, Las Vegas) and an American driver in Logan Sargeant (Williams).