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Andretti Confirm Cadillac Partnership With Aim To Move Forward With F1 Goal

Andretti Autosport, a team with a storied history in American motorsports, has announced that it is partnering with Cadillac and General Motors to pursue an opportunity to enter the Formula 1 World Championship. The news comes after Andretti, owned by racing legend Michael Andretti, publicly expressed its desire to join the F1 grid. The team took to social media to share the news, stating:

“Two icons. One pursuit. Andretti Autosport is thrilled to support the news of Andretti Global and General Motors with @Cadillac, two American powerhouses coming together to pursue the opportunity to compete in the @FIA @F1 World Championship.”

Marissa Andretti, Mario Andretti and Michael Andretti come together during the groundbreaking event for the new Andretti Global motorsports headquarters facility Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022 in Fishers. New Andretti Global Motorsports Headquarters Facility Will Be In Fishers

The partnership has been welcomed by F1 and the FIA, with FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem posting on Twitter:

“I welcome the news of the @Cadillac and @FollowAndretti partnership and the @FIA looks forward to further discussions on the FIA @F1 World Championship Expressions of Interest process.”

It is not yet clear what the next steps will be in the process of potentially bringing Andretti into the sport, but the team’s desire to join F1 comes at a time when the series is seeing increasing popularity in the United States.

This rise in popularity can be attributed in part to the success of the Netflix series “Drive to Survive,” which gives viewers an inside look at the high-stakes world of F1. The series has helped to introduce the sport to a new audience and has likely contributed to the addition of the Miami and Las Vegas Grands Prix to the F1 calendar. In addition, Williams recently announced the signing of American driver Logan Sargeant to join Alex Albon on the team for the 2023 season.

May 8, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Dan Marino and FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem applaud during the award ceremony following the Miami Grand Prix at Miami International Autodrome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Andretti’s potential entry into F1 would be another significant moment for the sport in the US and the team has stated that it plans to field an all-American effort, with an American driver in the seat. When asked about the possibility of bringing Indycar driver Colton Herta, who currently drives for Andretti, into the F1 team, the team told Autosport: “We definitely have plan to have an American driver. I think you all know who is leading the pack on that one. Colton we have under contract right now in Indycar. We want to make this an all-American effort to make sure we have an American driver in the seat.”

It will be interesting to see how the partnership between Andretti, Cadillac, and General Motors develops and if it will ultimately lead to Andretti’s entry into the F1 World Championship. For now, fans will have to wait for confirmation and further updates on the situation as the process moves forward.

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