Andretti Autosport confirmed Hunter McElrea will return and contest 2023 in Indy Lights. The 23-year-old American-born New Zealander is the first driver announced for Andretti’s Indy Lights outfit for next season.
A rookie this year in IndyCar’s top junior feeder series, McElrea has driven the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Dallara to two victories, six podiums and three poles en route to third in the championship standings through 11 of 14 races.
“We are happy to have Hunter (McElrea) return to the team for another season,” said Michael Andretti, CEO and chairman for Andretti Autosport. “He’s had a good season with us and will perform well in the series for this upcoming year. After the growth and learnings he has had this year, we look forward to seeing him excel next season.”
McElrea added, “I’m really excited to be back with Andretti Autosport for the 2023 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. I really gelled with the team this season and it’s a great atmosphere with fast cars, so it was a no brainer for me to come back. I’ve learned a lot in my first year and I really look forward to putting that into action for my second year. Obviously, the championship is the goal but I’m just planning to have as much fun as I can and keep learning, while making the most of the opportunity I have. I can’t thank Michael and JF (Thormann, executive vice president and COO of Andretti Autosport) enough for the opportunity. I must really also thank all my shareholders and sponsors Smart Motors, Giltrap Group, Objective, TQF, Courtesy Corporation and Bob Stellrecht for his support in the 2023 season.”