Walkinshaw Andretti United - a new superforce in the Supercars
A big deal has been made for the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars season, with three great teams being involved. The Australian Walkinshaw Racing announces today a new Supercars partnership with the American Andretti Autosport and British United Autosports, creating Walkinshaw Andretti United. A new team would be officially born on January 1, 2018.
After losing a Holden factory support ahead of 2017 V8 Supercars season, Walkinshaw Racing continued to compete as Mobil 1 HSV Racing and now the team is entering the next chapter of its great history, alongside two iconic brands famous all around the world.
“To be able to partner with both Andretti Autosport and United Autosports is an honour. We’ve looked from afar at what both have to offer the team moving forward, which is why everyone should be so excited. Fundamentally, we are doing it differently. This combination of international expertise is a pivotal step in accelerating our development, getting us where we need to be.
We’ve been looking for partners who can add value to this team, both on and off the track, so to find that so resoundingly is the most pleasing element. It’s not only an alliance of technical expertise, but commercial prowess. Their experience, knowledge and record, both on and off the race-track, gives us, our current partners, and any future partners, access to global networks and talent pools. Today is the beginning of a new era. We are still firmly focused on the job at hand for 2017, but are eagerly looking forward to 2018,” Walkinshaw Racing Chairman Ryan Walkinshaw said.
“I’m very excited to announce our new partnership with Walkinshaw Racing and United Autosports. I have always set a goal for Andretti Autosport to diversify and succeed across multiple platforms, and this opportunity is a natural next step for the team as we continue to expand globally. Together with Walkinshaw Racing and United Autosports, we now have three iconic organisations working together. We are determined to succeed, and I have full confidence that this new venture, Walkinshaw Andretti United, will become a leading Supercars team,” said Michael Andretti, CEO and Chairman of Andretti Autosport.
“I’m delighted United Autosports have joined forces with Walkinshaw Racing and Andretti Autosport. It is bringing together three iconic names in motor sport across three continents – Europe, Australia and America, where we can share our experience and resources to make each team stronger,” said Zak Brown, Team Owner and Chairman of United Autosports.