- Byrd Brothers, with partner team KV Racing Technology, have announced a return to the Indianapolis 500 in 2015 with Bryan Clauson.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Munoz Lands FIL, '500' Ride With Andretti

Andretti Autosport announced today the signing of Carlos Muñoz to pilot the #26 Dialy-Ser Firestone Indy Lights entry full-time in 2013, in addition to a 4th IZOD IndyCar Series car at Indianapolis.

Muñoz's deal is very similar to that of Sebastian Saavedra's 2012 schedule in which he ran the full FIL season, along with three IndyCar events with AFS Racing in partnership with Andretti Autosport.

"I am just so happy that Andretti Autosport has given me the opportunity to drive (in the Indy 500) for them," said Muñoz. "Especially after they just won the championship with Ryan (Hunter-Reay). It means a lot that they trust in my capabilities with it being my first IndyCar race. It's a great honor and I know that there will be some pressure there to do a good job. My first priority is to start the (Firestone) Indy Lights season on a positive note and work each weekend at winning the championship. Once that happens, I think we will be very successful for the Indy 500."

Earning victories in Edmonton and Fontana, Muñoz recorded five podiums, nine top-10s and a fith place championship finish with his 2012 Andretti Autosport FIL crew.

The 20-year-old Colombian becomes the second non full-time driver to be confirmed for the 2013 Indianapolis 500, joining A.J. Foyt Racing's Chase Austin.

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