INDIANAPOLIS — Indy Lights driver Devlin DeFrancesco will be the driver of the No. 29 car for Andretti Autosport in the next NTT IndyCar Series season.
DeFrancesco, a native of Ontario, Canada, is being promoted to IndyCar after spending the last two years in the Road To Indy ladder as part of the Andretti Autosports development program. His ride will be the Andretti-Steinbrenner entry for the season, a seat occupied by James Hinchcliffe last season.
“I am incredibly grateful to Michael (Andretti) and George (Steinbrenner IV) for the belief they have shown in me over the past two seasons moving up the Road to Indy ladder,” DeFrancesco said in a release from Andretti Autosport. “To now take that final step into INDYCAR with two of the world’s biggest names in sports – Andretti and Steinbrenner – is an incredible opportunity that I can’t wait to take full advantage of.”
“We’re thrilled to keep Devlin in the Andretti Autosport family as he makes his final jump up the Road to Indy ladder into INDYCAR,” said team owner Michael Andretti. “Devlin has been a great addition to our Indy Lights program and has shown a lot of growth and strength at the recent test days.”
DeFrancesco has been testing in the No. 29 car this off-season. He never won a race in Indy Lights, but his best finishes were back-to-back 3rd place podiums at Barber Motorsports Park at the beginning of last season. DeFrancesco also had a stint with Carlin in Formula 3 in Europe before making the jump to the Road To Indy program.
With the addition of DeFrancesco, the Andretti stable will be made up of Colton Herta, Alexander Rossi, and Romain Grosjean.