Carlos Munoz returns to Andretti

Andretti Autosport announced that Carlos Munoz will return to the team to drive the No. 26 Dialy-Ser car for the 2013 Firestone Indy Lights season. In addition to the full season, he will drive an Andretti Autosport IZOD IndyCar Series entry in the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

The 20-year old from Bogota, Colombia, finished fifth in the Firestone Indy Lights championship. He accumulated a total of five podiums and nine top-10 finishes. Munoz recorded his first win on the streets of Edmonton and followed up with a second win at the season finale in Fontana, Calif.

“I am really happy to stay another year with Andretti Autosport,” Munoz said. “I think last year as a rookie, we all did a good job earning two victories and were able to run up front a lot. It was definitely one of my best racing years with the best team. I’m looking forward to my second year in (Firestone) Indy lights. My main goal is to fight for the championship.

"I think we will have a good chance at doing so because I am looking forward to working with the same crew and engineer. I am looking forward to the preseason test in order to gain some more valuable time in the car.”

Munoz’s attempt at qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 will mark his IZOD IndyCar Series debut. He will mirror last year’s teammate, Sebastian Saavedra, in that he will run both the 500-mile race and the Firestone Freedom 100 during Memorial Day weekend. This will be the first time that Andretti Autosport has run both races for two consecutive years.

“I am just so happy that Andretti Autosport has given me the opportunity to drive (in the Indy 500) for them,” Munoz said. “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.”